Saturday, January 25, 2014

Cauliflower Tots

Sometimes a recipe comes along that I just can't wait to share. This one is life changing. Well at least it will change your life if your weakness is the french fry, or tater tot. 
I was going to wait for Monday to post this. 

But after posting a teaser on facebook about the upcoming recipe, and having so many of you ask for it now. I had to finish my edits and get it up on the site for you all. Please Pin, Like, Share, and Repost! Let's let everyone know there is a much healthier option! 

Yes, no matter how successful I am in my healthy eating quest, I still crave that salty crunchy goodness with the warm creamy filling. I allow myself to indulge in my weakness from time to time, but I can honestly say now that I don't think I will need to succumb to the temptation ever again. I introduce to you today the Cauliflower tot. 
This my dear friends, is everything you hope it will be. It is also not difficult to make. They freeze and reheat very easily. I nearly skipped the whole way home from my yoga class knowing I had some left in my fridge. Knowing my lunch was going to be pure bliss put a swing in my step. To reheat I simply turned on my oven to 425 degrees. Placed on a cookies sheet in the oven for 10 minutes. And I once again had amazing crispy tots. That are actually pretty good for me. 
I mean they are gluten-free, and half coated with almonds. Yes, that is right, I said almonds. No, you cannot taste the almonds. I mix half and half the almonds and crushed tortilla chips. I use some very good whole grain organic corn chips. 1/2 cup of each, that is the secret. If you are going for ultra healthy, you can omit the tortilla chips and use only almonds with the garlic powder. I would suggest adding parmesan cheese or extra salt if you choose that method.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. This treat will be continually in my fridge and freezer for the days I need to feel human. 

Cauliflower Tots
adapted from Fork and Beans
Makes 4 servings at 240 calories per serving

1 head of Cauliflower, raw, grated
2 eggs
1/3 cup rice flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
1/2 cup ground almonds
1 tsp garlic powder
grapeseed oil -or- any high temperature oil

Heat up a small skillet with oil, enough to cover a tot, over medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients together except for the tortilla crumbs and almond meal until well-blended.
In another bowl add your ground almonds, garlic powder, and crushed tortilla chips. 
Blend well.
Create tater tot shapes with your hands,
 or if you have a 1" ring mold you can shape them that way,

 and then roll around each tot into the bread crumbs 
to completely coat.

Gently place the tots in batches (mine took 6 tots per batch) into the skillet
 and cook for about 3 minutes until lightly browned.

Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce. 

Eat and enjoy! 

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