Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.I’ll admit, cauliflower has not been one of my favorite foods, but much like beets, broccoli, and squash, I have grown to like it throughout my adult years. After I made this recipe, I would actually dare to say that I loved it.

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.I really wasn’t sure how this recipe was going to taste but I found myself having to hold back because I just wanted to keep eating more!

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.I paired my spicy and flavorful buffalo cauliflower bites with a rich and creamy blue cheese dressing as well as some cool, crisp celery sticks that helped mellow the heat from the hot sauce.  Overall, it made a healthy snack. I’m not going to lie – I love a good chicken wing. But, when you think about all that delicious skin that makes the chicken wing so wonderful, replacing it with something like cauliflower is often a good choice.

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.This snack would be a huge hit at any game day celebration.  

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.I prefer them to be served slightly warm, however I had some after they cooled to room temperature and they were still super tasty. Even if you don’t like cauliflower (like, for example, my husband), you might be surprised to find how much you love this recipe!

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These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup (5ml jar) hot sauce (I prefer Frank's Red Hot)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Heavily grease baking sheet with butter. Divide cauliflower into bite sized chunks.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, water, olive oil, garlic powder and salt until well combined. Add cauliflower and gently toss to coat each piece evenly. Transfer coated cauliflower to prepared baking and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time. Remove from oven.
  3. In large bowl, combine hot sauce and melted butter. Add partially cooked cauliflower and gently toss to evenly coat. Return cauliflower to baking sheet and continue cooking for an additional 20-25 minutes, turning once, until pieces start to turn golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and serve warm with blue cheese dressing and fresh celery sticks.

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.
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Cauliflower Garlic Breadsticks

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Cauliflower Garlic Breadsticks use an entire head of cauliflower to make a cheesy, gluten free, low carb alternative to traditional breadsticks.

Cauliflower Garlic Breadsticks use an entire head of cauliflower to make a cheesy, gluten free, low carb alternative to traditional breadsticks.

I don’t like cauliflower. There. I said it. I apologize in advance to all of you who love that disgusting white vegetable that seemingly doesn’t have a rightful place in the vegetable world. My words in this post will most likely offend you. Here’s the scoop: I have a food blog. I can’t make the same thing over. You might get bored reading about how awesome Taco Tuesday in our house. So, it is my job to bring you new ideas so that you don’t get stuck in a food rut. I work long hours and I can’t always eat when I should. That means that I often eat after 8pm and then fall asleep within an hour. That’s not good. When I eat like that, I really try to go the low carb route. I do enjoy eating zoodles, but I need bread, or the illusion of bread, to go with it. Enter: cauliflower garlic breadsticks.Cauliflower Garlic Breadsticks use an entire head of cauliflower to make a cheesy, gluten free, low carb alternative to traditional breadsticks.

You start by chopping the entire head of cauliflower in your food processor. I thought it may have been too much, but then I asked myself “what the hell are you going to do with the rest of it if you don’t cook it up now?”  When the acnswer was “toss it”, I figured I may as well just do the entire head. I steamed it up in some salted water. At this point, I started to worry that I was going to make my husband mad because he detests cauliflower and the smell the steaming process was producing smelled like ass, I kid you not. I pressed out as much of the liquid as I could, then I squeezed out even more in a towel.Cauliflower Garlic Breadsticks use an entire head of cauliflower to make a cheesy, gluten free, low carb alternative to traditional breadsticks.

I mixed in an egg as binder, some raw garlic, some dried herbs, and some Italian shredded cheese. I couldn’t believe it. That nasty cauliflower smell was almost gone!Cauliflower Garlic Breadsticks use an entire head of cauliflower to make a cheesy, gluten free, low carb alternative to traditional breadsticks.

It baked into this beautiful garlic-y cheesy thing.

Cauliflower Garlic Breadsticks use an entire head of cauliflower to make a cheesy, gluten free, low carb alternative to traditional breadsticks.

When my kids came home my son, who is only in kindergarten yet has a super refined palate (he makes me so proud) said “mmmm, smells like broccoli with cheese”.  Pretty darn good guess, if you ask me. Especially considering there are a lot of kids out there who couldn’t even identify a piece of cauliflower because all they eat is McDonalds and chicken nuggets. He ate two of them and thought they went well with his spaghetti.  I brought them into work and gave them to my cauliflower loving friend and he liked them. For me, they were tolerable, even borderline tasty, and that equates to quite delicious for the cauliflower hating person that I am.Cauliflower Garlic Breadsticks use an entire head of cauliflower to make a cheesy, gluten free, low carb alternative to traditional breadsticks.

Cauliflower Garlic Breadsticks
 
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Cauliflower Garlic Breadsticks use an entire head of cauliflower to make a cheesy, gluten free, low carb alternative to traditional breadsticks.
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Recipe type: Appetizer, side dish
Yields: 12 breadsticks
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garli, minced
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Italian cheese, divided (I used a blend of parmesan, asiago, fontina and provolone)
Instructions
  1. In several batches, pulse raw cauliflower in food processor until you get pieces that are about the size of rice. Add all minced cauliflower along with kosher salt and about a 1/2 cup water to a medium sized pot. Cover, and cook over medium heat to steam the cauliflower until tender, about 15 minutes. Using a fine mesh strainer, use a large spoon to press out as much liquid as you can. Once cauliflower has cooled enough to handle, put remaining cauliflower in a clean dish towel and squeeze out remaining liquid. You want it as dry as possible.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine cauliflower with garlic, egg, basil, oregano, and 3/4 cup (half) of the shredded cheese. Stir to combine.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape cauliflower mixture into a rectangle that is about 3/4 - 1 inch high. Bake in preheated oven until lightly golden on top, 15-20 minutes. Top with remaining shredded cheese and cook until melted and golden brown, another 5 minutes. Allow breadsticks to cool on baking sheet at least 5 minutes before slicing. They will be more flimsy than traditional breadsticks.

 

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Hidden Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

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This Hidden Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese is a great way to sneak in a healthy vegetable and mask it with delicious creamy mac ‘n’ cheesy comfort food.

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Cauliflower.  Not a fan.  I have friends go on and on about how much they love cauliflower and how many different ways they eat it – roasted, cut into thick “steaks”, made into “rice” which is just raw cauliflower cut to look like rice.  You can’t fool me.  The only way I eat cauliflower is if its covered in cheese or a wonderful dip.

I got a head of cauliflower in my farm box (I hate it when they do that) and because I 1) don’t like wasting food and 2) will eat macaroni and cheese day and night, I decided to steam it, puree it with half and half, and sneak it into some mac n cheese.

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For this particular version, I used a combination of sharp cheddar and jalapeno jack because its what I happened to have in my frig, but any cheeses that melt nicely will do.  Go ahead.  Be creative.

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I popped the pasta into the broiler for a few minutes to slightly brown the top because there are fewer things in this life better than crispy browned cheese straight from the oven (bacon, for example, is one of those fewer things).  But there is a huge part of me that enjoyed the pasta more before I put it in the oven because it was just so creamy and yum.  Only you can decide what works best for you.  Be sure to let me know if you pulled one over on your family and you got any non-lovers-of-cauliflower to eat it.

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Hidden Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
 
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This Hidden Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese is a great way to sneak in a healthy vegetable and mask it with delicious creamy mac n cheesy comfort food.
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Recipe type: pasta
Yields: 4-8
Ingredients
  • 16 oz macaroni
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup half and half, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounces cheese, grated (roughly 3 cups, use sharp cheddar, pepper jack, gouda, fontina, gruyere, or a combination)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In boiling salted water, cook macaroni. Cook just slightly al dente. Drain, do not rinse, and set aside.
  2. Separate cauliflower florets from stalk and steam until soft and tender. Puree in blender with 1/2 cup half and half (I use the sauce setting on my blendtec).
  3. Combine butter, shredded cheese, cauliflower puree, remaining half and half, garlic powder, mustard powder, and salt in large pot. Heat over medium heat until melted, 2-3 minutes. Add in drained pasta and stir until well combined. Serve with fresh ground pepper.
  4. If preferred, put in oven safe dish and broil on high 5 minutes to slightly brown the top, giving a toasted nutty flavor.

 

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