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New (to me) - Cauliflower Garlic Cheese "Bread Sticks"

Saturday, January 19, 2013

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.
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    Interesting! Kind of reminds me of the cauliflower pizza crust recipe I've seen floating around, but still have yet to try.
    1860 days ago
  • _JODI404
    Really glad to hear you are feeling better!!

    Enjoy getting back to your normal routines! emoticon
    1860 days ago
    Hahahaha. I've been eying this recipe lately and contemplating trying it! I will for sure now.
    I'm glad you're feeling better and getting back out again. Nicely done!
    1860 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I make cauliflower rice alot. Your breadstick sounds interesting. Is it on Spark recipes?
    1860 days ago
    I think that you have definitely earned a review of your goals- spark is about a healthy lifestyle, and pursuing things in a healthy way. Sometimes (for me, at least) one can get rigid in their goals, seeing the goal as the end-all be-all and sacrifice everything else in pursuit of it.

    This is where you can make poor choices, working out to physical harm, starving yourself, generally doing things that don't add to your health... things that actually threaten it.

    I thought your goal was a great one, and if you hadn't gotten horribly ill, I totally would be cheering you on to complete it.

    I still think you can complete this goal, with the sickness adjustment.

    That garlic cheese concoction sounded wonderful-- but I'm having a hard time picturing it in my head-- next time you make it, can you snap a pic?

    happy sunday, zzz. Love to you and yours.
    1861 days ago
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