I’ve put myself on a diet. I decided low carb was the way to go as (hopefully) I will not get as hungry. Looking around for some low carb recipes to try I found several mentions of using cauliflower as a substitute which happens to be something we grow in our garden and I am quite partial to. ‘Ricing’ the cauliflower (giving it a whiz in the blender) gives it a consistency which makes it a good substitute for meals that usually would have something like rice, or pasta or mashed potato with them – of course it tastes nothing like any of those things, but we can at least pretend.
The cauliflower trail led me to people using the riced cauliflower as a basis for pizza and bread sticks – now we were talking 🙂
I found several sites with recipes and each were a little different from the last and so mine is also a little different from this one that I took as my main source of inspiration.
- 100g riced cauliflower
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 65g of grated red leicester cheese (plus a little extra for topping if desired)
- 1 tsp mixed dried herbs (my own blend of Thyme, Marjoram, Parsley, Oregano, Sage and Basil)
- 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
- salt and pepper to taste (I actually didn’t add any of these because I forgot!)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius
- Chop and then blend (‘rice’) cauliflower
- Place in microwaveable bowl, cover and micro at 800 watts for 3 mins
- Add all the bits (cheese, herbs, garlic, egg and salt and pepper) and mix together
- Put grease proof baking paper on a baking tray (I also rubbed a little butter over it) and then spread out the mixture into whatever shape suits you (eg if you want ‘breadsticks’ make it rectangular – I went for more of a ‘pizza’ look and feel).
After 20 mins it looks more like this :
By this time I had removed it from the baking paper so it was directly on my holey baking tray (I thought this may help add a bit more firmness to the base, but probably wasn’t necessary) I had also added a bit more cheese and was about to put it back in for 5 more mins to melt it. When I next make this I will leave the cheese topping off as it actually was very nice without it and for me it became a bit too cheesy.