Dear Cauliflower, Who knew? I mean, really! You are so modest and shy. You just quietly sit there amidst the crudite, knowing you are everyone's last raw veggie resort . Do you despise all those carrots who get eaten up first? Nevermind - it's not like you to hold a grudge. Because deep down you know the truth. The truth behind all of your potential.
Up until a month ago I just assumed you were the black sheep of the broccoli family - but now I think you are the star. When my husband and I made the pact to give up carbs, I thought nothing could replace my sweet delicious bread. And if someone said, "Hey instead of bread, why don't you eat some cauliflower." I would have punched them in the face. But I didn't know, cauliflower. I just didn't know.
I'm smarter now, wiser. And I'm looking forward to growing old together. It's going to be a beautiful friendship - and I want to share your wonders with the rest of the world, if you don't mind.
Much love and respect, Brooke
For all of you low carb-erators out there, here is a special gem for you.
INGREDIENTS: 5 tbsp. egg whites 1/2 head of cauliflower, grated 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese Spices! Anything your heart desires. I used pepper, basil, oregano and thyme. Olive Oil (for the non stick factor - not included in the bread) DIRECTIONS: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grate up that cauliflower! (It's fun, promise.)
Mix your cauliflower, Parmesan, spices and egg together in a bowl.
Line an 8x8 inch Pyrex dish with parchment paper. Put a thin layer of olive oil on the paper (this will make removing the bread easier). Spread the cauliflower mix on the bottom of the pan, about a half inch to an inch thick. Pop it in the oven for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, and carefully peel the "bread" away from the paper. Flip over and cook for another 15 minutes. (Depending on how crispy you would like this. The longer you leave it in, the less egg-ie this will be.) Pull them out of the oven! Cut up into sticks - and eat it up! I could have easily devoured the entire batch - so double this recipe if you having some more folks over for dinner. Serve it with your favorite dipping sauce too! (It already tastes like a mini pizza, so some marinara might just be the perfect topper!)