We don't eat cauliflower but maybe every couple months, but I'm trying to work it in to our diet little more. Our usual is a cauliflower gratin that reheats well. (I love anything that yields yummy leftovers!)
Recently I tried a lighter and satisfying version of broccoli cheddar soup that used cauliflower as the thickener. It was good but I don't think it would freeze well and it's not the best soup for us to eat for a few days in a row. I'll eventually try it again with some modifications for making it freeze-proof.
This evening I tried another new recipe - Cauliflower Garlic Cheese Bread Sticks. I should have paid more attention to the recipe because it isn't a good source of cauliflower but it is more of a substitution for calorie-heavy bread.
Normally I calculate calories of a new recipe before buying ingredients. This time I threw caution to the wind and failed to notice that the entire recipe only has 1/2 cup of cauliflower for 4 servings. It is riced cauliflower and I estimate it took 1 cup of cooked cauliflower to make that 1/2 cup, but that still isn't much cauliflower. I also failed to notice the amounts of parmesan and mozzarella. This is about the cheese.
We made a half-batch because I didn't want to waste the ingredients if we didn't like it. I also didn't want to be tempted to eat more than I should if we liked it. It was quick and easy to throw together and the kitchen smelled of warm garlic-cheese bread while baking.
The verdict -
The texture wasn't at all like a typical doughy or chewy bread and perhaps was a tad on the wet/floppy side, but it was still good. I ate my serving while hot and enjoyed it VERY much. (I'm not sure how good it would be reheated or as it cooled to room temperature.) The flavors of cheese and garlic were comforting and satisfying enough to make me forget about a lack of bread. It's been a long time since I've indulged in that flavor combo. We're going to make this again...maybe even tomorrow so I can try some adjustments while fresh on my mind. (For one, I'm going to press all of the water out of the riced cauliflower.)
Nutrition Info: Calories: 162.5, Fat 11.6g, Cholesterol 75 mg, Sodium 290 mg, Carbs 3.1g, Fiber 1g, Protein 11.2g
Sorry, I didn't take any pictures before we woofed it down.
In other news...
I'm finally feeling better - not quite 100%, but I'm getting there. I'm so frustrated that I got the flu despite getting the flu shot, being careful about washing my hands/touching my face and feeling healthy.
After an entire week of no exercise, we went for a damp-chilly 4.3 mile walk around a historical park and neighborhood not far from us. It was fun to explore an area that has been so close to us but so unfamiliar.
I'm looking forward to getting back to the gym tomorrow and then I'll look at possibly adjusting my 150 miles by 2/8 goal.