Friday, January 25, 2013

recipe : cauliflower poppers

Hi y'all! Well, as you know if you've been reading my blog any this week, Joey and I are on a new diet. We started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge on Monday and while it's definitely had it's moments (ugh... that fiber drink!) it really has been easier than I thought it would be. And, I am actually feeling better. I'm feeling lighter, healthier, and just more cleansed I guess you would say. Which is good since we're still on the 10-Day cleanse part of the challenge. 

Food wise, it hasn't been too hard to follow the diet. But something that I'm really craving is potatoes.... good ol' nature's sugar! I just want to dive head first into Scrooge McDuck's swimming pool filled with french fries instead of gold coins. [Seriously, one of my nicknames in high school was 'Tater' for a reason... true story.] So while I'm day-dreaming about french fry swimming pools, I remembered another bloggy friend of mine who does no-carb foods and at some point I saw her do baked cauliflower and claim they tasted like tater tots. With me needing potatoes, and needing them now, I looked up her recipe and tried it out. With my own variations of course. So here's my take on Cauliflower Poppers, adapted from Delighted Momma's recipe



What you need : 
cauliflower
extra virgin olive oil
seasonings of your choice

Directions : 
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
2. Wash cauliflower, cut off the stem and any leaves. 
3. Chop or break the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. 
4. Place in a mixing bowl and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. (You only want it to be lightly coated so just add a little at a time.)
5. I added garlic powder, sea salt (also healthy), chopped dehydrated chives, and black pepper. 
6. Mix with a spatula adding more oil if needed.
7. Bake for 1 hour, turning twice. You want a nice brown coating over most of the cauliflower. 

And that's it! I had these with and without ketchup and they were delicious either way, thanks to all the seasonings. You could even make them spicy by adding creole seasoning, or some crushed red pepper flakes. 

Although I wouldn't say they taste exactly like tater tots, they are definitely really close! And they are soooo much healthier than eating potatoes (I'm so sad to say that actually), so it's a fantastic alternative while we're on our Advocare 24 Day Challenge. And this is something I'll make even in the future when we're not on a diet. I definitely feel like we're headed towards a healthier lifestyle which means healthier food. 



11 comments:

  1. I definitely need to eat healthier - wasn't made to eat veggies so as an adult especially now I am adding more and more to my diet. I will definitely try these and share them with my family. My daughter that lives with us probably won't try but I require the boys to try everything and I bet they will like them. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Oh I pinned under my"Foods to Try" board If not ok let me know and I will remove.

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  3. Can't wait to try your recipe. I'm always on the lookout for new easy ways to cook my veggies. =)
    Janice

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  4. That does look pretty good! I make cauliflower parmesan, which is steamed cauliflower, topped with a parmesan bread crumb topping, and broiled to brown. Yummmm...

    Now I am hungry for cauliflower! I think I am making some for lunch. :)

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  5. oh yah french fries and i are best friends it is so hard to stop eating those. and dont get me started on tater tots they are just so cute and easily poppable! these cauliflower poppers are definitely the healthier alternative. thanks for sharing these!

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  6. I love love love roasted cauliflower! I make mine with dry coriander (as a power spice, not the leaves) and then mix in some fresh chopped coriander leaves when I am ready to serve. I think coriander = cilantro in the States.

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    1. Hmmm... I might have to give that a try. I love cilantro, but the hubby isn't that crazy about it. Thanks for the tip!

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  7. This sounds delicious! We love roasted cauliflower and it's been a while since I made any.

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