Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Snacks: Toddler Edition!

Today, in honour of the Super Bowl, I wanted to whip up a yummy and healthy treat we could all enjoy. I'm always looking for creative and delish ways to incorporate more veggies in our diet. I saw this recipe on Pinterest a couple of months ago and decided these would be perfect to munch on during all of the pre-game hooplah. Let me tell you what: they were a HIT! Even my husband who is pretty anti-cauliflower loved them.

Cauliflower Tots
recipe from Skinnytaste

Ingredients:


  • 2 cups cooked cauliflower florets, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 3 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Spray a nonstick cookie sheet with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture in your hands and roll into small ovals. Place on the cookie sheet and bake for 16-18 minutes, turning halfway through cooking until golden. Makes about 32 - 34 tots.


My adaptations:

I used frozen cauliflower -- one bag was just enough for two cups. I simply followed the instructions and let them cool a smidge, while simultaneously draining them on a few paper towels, before chopping. I also used 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder versus the fresh -- two reasons: I only had frozen onions on hand and decided I wanted a more "mild" onion-y flavor.

I only buy "full-fat" cheese -- the calories are oh-so-worth-it to moi. This obviously altered the calorie count (for that information, click on the "Skinnytaste" link above!) but I'm okay with that -- I think the "real deal" melts much better -- more smoothly. Cheese is my love language. And Little Leighton's, too!

Instead of rolling each one by hand, I used my prized Pampered Chef cookie scoop. This made for a much larger tot. I was only able to get about 16 out of this recipe. This was the perfect amount for my peeps. We even have leftovers for tomorrow! I did follow her cooking times, though, and they turned out perfectly golden and crisp. Here's a picture (though, please take note: food photography is not my forte):


I would say this was most certainly a TOUCHDOWN (pun intended) for TLC! Even if you think you aren't a fan of cauliflower, give these a whirl.

Now, I must get back to my commercial watchin'.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, y'all!