With every happy hour comes another helping of those hard-to-pass-up $5 nachos. Ditch the fattening fare and discover a surprising substitute for your fried food fetish—cauliflower.
Cauliflower is a mild vegetable that can serve as the star ingredient for many kid-friendly favorites. Its naturally crunchy texture stimulates saliva, preventing plaque buildup. Cauliflower is also high in vitamin C and vitamin K, minerals that strengthen bones and teeth.
These are nacho average ballpark snack. Top this crunchy alternative with salsa and guacamole for nutritious noshing.
• 1 head cauliflower, sliced
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 pinch cayenne pepper
• 1 cup low-fat cheese (our favorite cheese choices)
• Toppings of choice
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the cauliflower, spices and oil together in a bowl. Place on a baking sheet in one even layer, and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Once golden, remove from the oven and top with cheese. Place in oven for another 5-7 minutes.
Like Red Bull, cauliflower can give you wings! Transform deep-fried into smile superfood with this recipe.
• 1 head cauliflower, chopped into pieces
• 1 cup low-fat milk (dairy and non-dairy both work)
• 1 cup flour
• 3 teaspoons garlic powder
• 2 teaspoons paprika
• 1 cup mild hot sauce
• 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, flour, garlic powder and paprika. Coat the cauliflower with the mixture and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes, flipping halfway to cook evenly.
In a saucepan, combine the hot sauce and oil, and heat on low for 2 minutes. Toss the baked cauliflower in bowl with the hot sauce mixture. Return to the oven for 10-15 minutes.
No matter how you slice it, cauliflower pizza crust will satisfy your deep dish desires.
• 1 head cauliflower
• ¼ cup low-fat parmesan cheese (finely grated)
• 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
• 1 large egg
• 1 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese (finely grated)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Break up the cauliflower into florets and place in a food processor. Pulse the cauliflower until it becomes a fine powder, about 10, 2-second pulses. Transfer to a microwave-safe bowl and heat covered until soft, 4-6 minutes. Once cooled, place in a clean towel to wring out the moisture.
In a large bowl, mix together the cauliflower, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, egg and mozzarella. Place the mixture onto a baking sheet and gently press into a 10-inch round, baking for 12-15 minutes.
Top the crust with low-sodium pizza sauce and your favorite healthy toppings (bonus points for more veggies!). Bake for another 10 minutes.
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