Cauliflower Three Ways

We tested 3 bbq cauliflower recipes and posted the results for you below.

The first recipe is from the video posted below:

Review:  I followed this recipe substituting brown rice flower for the all purpose flour. My first problem was that some of the cauliflower clusters with the batter sort of stuck to my slipat baking mat.  Second, it seems to be in the oven for a long time – 50 mins. Third, it ended up being a method to consume about a cup of frank’s hot sauce in one sitting.  I am not certain I wanted that much salt.  It was tasty, I might cook it again. However, I am willing to try a different way.  Tip:  if you are lazy, you could just slice the cauliflower into steaks which makes everything easier and probably uses less batter.

Behind door #2 is the next recipe.  The good folks over at forksoverknives offer this alternative approach which is next on our list.  Did you ever wish you could just purchase the food seen in the photo?

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https://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/crispy-buffalo-cauliflower/

Out of the three methods, this one came out the best.  It could still use a few tweaks. However, it was easy to batter, you get crunch and it cooks quick.

And Behind door #3 – finally a reason to fire up my smoker since I stopped eating meat.

 

I thought this was going to be the winner.  However, my 5 minute par boil and 50 minutes in the smoker didn’t seem to cook it enough.  I used hickory chips and for me the flavor just wasn’t that special.  More time and research is required to start to use the smoker for veggies.

Hummus Hommus Healthy?

People trying to eat more plants find hummus an easy way to get in your three servings of beans a day.  However, store bought hummus isn’t really that good for you.

The link below shows us a typical food label from a hummus maker.  177 calories out of 140 is from fat or about 60%+.  It’s mostly from all the olive oil they add.  But olive oil is the problem.

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/hannah-organic-singles-classic-hommus-net-carbs-hummus-291322493

However, if you follow a recipe like this one, you can have a fresh, healthy version for pennies.  Tip:  making it in a blender will require more liquid than a Cuisinart.  A Vitamix blender is a great tool for the job.

Tip:  If you eat out at a Mediterranean Restaurant, ask for the hummus without the extra olive oil they dress on top.  The dish will still be high in fat, but not as bad as adding another TBSP of oil.