Saturday, April 21, 2012

Weekend Cooking: Read-a-thon edition

I am participating in the 24 hour Read-a-thon this weekend and I think that a weekend full of reading should come with a tasty but healthy snack! I have a Cauliflower in my organic vegetable bag and I decided that I wanted to use that. Did you know that cauliflower is great for dipping in a yoghurt based dip? But that is not what I did this time! This time I made Cauliflower Pizza Bites based on a recipe from Damy Health. I had to make some substitutes because some ingredients like the Frank's Hot Sauce weren't available to me. This recipe is Gluten Free and very low in fat. Mine is a tiny bit higher in fat because I can't find 1% cottage cheese and mine has 3.5%. I actually are a disaster in separating eggs and I also misread the 1/4 cup in the original recipe for 1 cup of eggs. They turned out good though ;) Anyway here is my version of the recipe :)

Cauliflower Pizza Bites: (makes 12, or 24 mini)
- about 2 cups (1 head) of cauliflower, grated in the food processor.
- 4 eggs
- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- pinch of garlic powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp parsley

First stir-fry the cauliflower in a frying pan for about 6-8 minutes. Add all the other ingredients to the food processor and blend until smooth. Add the cauliflower bits and make mix them until they form a batter. Spoon the mixture into a muffin tin. Place them in a pre heated oven on 200 degrees for microwave oven en 230 for a normal oven. (450F) for 30 minutes. Let them cool down for about 10 minutes for removing them from the tins. They are a bit more eggy than the original recipe, so if you don't like that just stick to the amount of 1/4 cup. I recommend dipping these bites in some ketchup, Smokey BBQ sauce or pasta sauce. Serve them with a tomato soup for lunch :)

The cooking process
This post is part of Weekend Cooking. Make sure you check out the other participants entries for food inspiration!



  1. First of all, I think it is so cool you are doing the 24 hour read-a-thon!! I am caught up in ScriptFrenzy and I have to write a LOT over the weekend so I can't do the read-a-thon :( Have fun!!

    The recipe looks so intriguing! Really! It is unusual the way the cauliflower forms the foundation for what looks like a bakery item! I think I may have to try this just because I am so curious!!

  2. What a great recipe. This is something I'd never think of on my own. Love the eggy veggie sound of them.

    Good luck with the readathon!

  3. When I first saw this, I was a little skeptical, but after reading the recipe, they really sound good. I wonder if they travel well, in a bento lunch for instance (which I like to to instead of buying lunch) I love cauliflower, and ofter dip in it a yogurt dip or hummus.

  4. Very interesting combination of ingredients. I love cauliflower and love pizza, so why not?

  5. The picture makes me want to try them. I never would have guessed cauliflower could become pizza food.

  6. Ooooh you are doing the readathon!!! Good luck and enjoy :)
    I don't have time to do it (did it last time) so had to skip this one ;(
    but it's such a great event!
    The cauliflower pizza bites sounds yummie too. Wish you a great weekend full of reading (and a bit of eating ;)!

  7. Thanks for the idea - wouldn't have thought of this way of using cauliflower.

  8. I love cauliflower and am happy to learn of a new way to use it. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. I'd change the tomato ketchup for no sugar marinara sauce. Other than that, I can't wait to try them.