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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:35 PM

Cauliflower "French Fries" - low fat, healthy, easy.

Something I picked up from my dietician - a simple fake out that comes out remarkably like french fries, same satisfaction level IMHO, but very low in fat and calories.

All you need to do is cut a cauliflower into small florets, shake in a bag with about 1 T of olive or canola oil, and put on a non-stick baking sheet. Roast at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes to an hour, turning it a couple of times. Allow it to get quite brown, crisp on the outside.

Serve right away, as it does go limp after a while out of the oven.

Great with ketchup and a little salt.

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Reply Cauliflower "French Fries" - low fat, healthy, easy. (Original post)
Denninmi Jan 2013 OP
The empressof all Jan 2013 #1
Denninmi Jan 2013 #4
GoCubsGo Jan 2013 #5
The empressof all Jan 2013 #6
GoCubsGo Jan 2013 #8
cbayer Jan 2013 #2
Phentex Jan 2013 #3
kestrel91316 Jan 2013 #7
beac Jan 2013 #9
bif Jan 2013 #10
fizzgig Jan 2013 #11
TreasonousBastard Jan 2013 #12
NJCher Jan 2013 #14
cbayer Jan 2013 #13
NJCher Jan 2013 #15

Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:41 PM

1. Cauliflower makes a Pizza Crust too....Lower Carb

There are lots of recipes out there...This is one I have used

http://yourlighterside.com/recipe-the-original-cauliflower-pizza-dough-

It's not Non fat but if you use low fat cheese it's a pretty decent substitute for the real thing.

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Response to The empressof all (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:50 PM

4. I've heard of that but haven't tried it.

I'll have to make a point of doing this. Thanks.

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Response to Denninmi (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:12 PM

5. It's delicious!

It's even great without all the toppings. I make it into "breadsticks", which can be dipped into sauce. You could probably make decent sandwiches with them, although I would not recommend PB&J.

More often, I roast cauliflower the way you described. Sometimes, I'll toss in some chopped or sliced garlic, too. It's my favorite way of eating it. You can also make a real yummy soup which incorporates it:

http://www.marthastewart.com/313878/curried-roast-cauliflower-soup

Good hot or cold.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:51 PM

6. I also use it in lieu of noodles or even rice

You can pulse it in the food processor and give it a quick steam to serve with your stir fries instead of Rice. I also use it instead of noodles as a sub for "mac" and cheese.

Finely diced cauliflower, green onions and some ranch dressing is a terrific salad. You can also add diced broccoli to it.

I am also a big cauliflower soup fan...It is really accepting of most any spices and is terrific with or without cheese.

It's a terrific veggie....It's on the pricey side especially if you go organic most of the time like I do.

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Response to The empressof all (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 07:17 PM

8. I wait until Aldi has it for 99 cents.

Most of it gets roasted, and some of that goes into soup. But, sometimes I'll just steam it and eat it with a little bit of butter and salt & pepper. It's also great "Polonaise" style--steamed with toasted, buttered bread crumbs.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:41 PM

2. Oh, yippee!! I have about half a head left and wasn't sure what to do with it.

Will try this tonight. Thanks so much.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:49 PM

3. You can mash them too and have

mock mashed potatoes. I like them but my kids aren't crazy about them mashed. They love 'em roasted!

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 05:44 PM

7. My cauliflower never even makes it to the pot or pan. I just cut it up

and eat it raw. I might put it in a salad. I just LOVE it.

Cooked it's also nice - does well in Indian dishes.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 07:36 PM

9. Can't wait to share this with mr beac.

He's been doing a lot of the cooking in the past few month as I've been managing another family situation (hence my LONG absence from this group.)

Nice to have a much-needed "comfort food" option without the un-comforting guilt!

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 10:25 PM

10. Try it with a little garlic powder

I cook mine on a pizza pan.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:02 PM

11. i love roasted cauliflower

wish my husband would eat it

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:23 PM

12. Years ago, when I was first diagnosed with diabetes I used cauliflower...

Last edited Tue Jan 29, 2013, 02:15 AM - Edit history (1)

as a flour substitute or stretcher for lots of things, and finagled other recipes to use it.

The only one I remember now was bread, where I used only enough flour for the gluten to hold it together but it was at least half ground up cauliflower and threw the mess into the bread machine. Couldn't actually taste the stuff in it, but it was a beautifully light bread.

I should dig up some of those old recipes. I think I did some cakes and donuts, too.


On edit...

Cauliflower and cheese-- an excellent subsitute for mac&cheese.

Around here the farmers have tons of cauliflower as a fall crop, but it's all gone now. I have some frozen and will play with it. Freezer needs some cleaning out anyway.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 06:08 PM

14. wow, that light bread recipe sounds good

If you figure out how you did it, I'd be interested!

Thanks to the OP because I read this very interesting fact the other day. This comes from a "food expert," and I can't recall the name but I do remember I thought the source credible. They said that potatoes and french fries were responsible for most of America's weight problem.

French fries have a high glycemic and fat level. It wouldn't surprise me if this was true.

I crossed them off my list a long time ago, but that doesn't mean I like it. I miss french fries, so I will have fun trying this recipe. Thanks for posting, denninmi!!


Cher

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 01:07 PM

13. Well, I made them and I like them, but...

they were nothing like french fries, imo.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 06:10 PM

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Cher

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