months, they decided to put out a fun challenge to finish up the year. We had to pick a cookbook and create a healthier version of the recipe on either page 42 or 142.
hear what I used as the base of my focaccia instead of flour. The answer is… cauliflower! Yes, the humble cauliflower is actually an extremely versatile vegetable. It can be used in any number of ways and because of it’s mild flavor, it takes on the flavors of whatever you mix it with. A member of the cruciferous vegetable group (like Brussels sprouts, kale and broccoli), cauliflower is packed with powerful phytochemicals (plant-based compounds) and antioxidants that help prevent disease. It also has an impressive array of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for your health including fiber, protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, B-complex vitamins, potassium, manganese and choline.
- 1 head cauliflower (about 2 pounds)
- 1 large egg or 2 egg whites
- 1 cup shredded cheese (I used reduced fat Cheddar Jack), divided
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or mix of dried herbs (I used thyme, basil and parsley)
- Salt and pepper
- Marinara sauce for serving (optional)
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Remove the outer leaves from the cauliflower and cut it into florets. Place them in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is finely chopped and looks like rice.
- Transfer the cauliflower to a microwave-safe dish or bowl. Cover and cook in the microwave for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can steam the cauliflower in a steamer basket or bake it in the oven at 375 for 20 minutes.
- When the cauliflower is cool, transfer it to a bowl lined with a kitchen towel or cheesecloth. Bring the ends of the cloth together and squeeze as much liquid out of the cauliflower as you can. I got about ½ cup liquid.
- Transfer the cauliflower to a mixing bowl and add the egg, Italian seasoning, ½ cup cheese, ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Mix to combine.
- Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Form the dough into a rectangle about 8 x 12 inches and ¼-inch thick.
- Bake in the oven 15-20 minutes until cooked. Remove the baking sheet and sprinkle the remaining ½ cup cheese over the top. Bake another 5 minutes until cheese is melted.
- Cut cheesy bread into 16 breadsticks. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
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Look below to see what the other Recipe Redux members did with this fun challenge.