Pizza Cauliflower Tots to Start
It has felt SO good getting back to writing, y’all. The move was a little hectic, but we are feeling great in our new home and I’m loving a larger kitchen! I lost a little motivation to create new recipes while I was prioritizing moving and work and staying healthy and stress-free. Now I’m back with my first recipe in awhile: Pizza Cauliflower Tots!
Working Around the House
The hubs and I have settled into our house and we have been working hard (with the help of our parents) to create a beautiful home for ourselves. Our current project: backyard landscaping. Yards are a lot of work! We are literally starting from the ground up. Irrigation is getting installed, sod needs to be laid, borders need to be planted, and every other little thing that comes with the wonderful world of home ownership! Honestly, we are loving it and loving feeling like we finally have a space that is our own.
We are beginning our visitor train and so far, we’ve got the next month or so with a full guest room–at least on the weekends. It is so nice to have a space to share with family and friends and bring everyone together in our home. Last week were the in-laws and we had a great time showing them around the new town and getting some chores done (thanks for taking care of those weeds!!).
Family time also includes a lot of good meal times. Meal times are a wonderful time to share good food, good conversations, and good times (and wine!). My father-in-law posed the question to the dinner table was “What is your favorite meal?” and I will always answer with pizza. What a fun question to make you think not only about the food you have truly enjoyed, but also the moments that make that food so delicious. What is your favorite meal? And do you connect it to any special times or memories in your life?
Do as the Europeans do and make meal time sacred and special. Take your time when you have your family around the table and enjoy the company as much as you enjoy the food. Experience the tastes, the smell, the sounds, the textures. Make your favorite meal a favorite memory as well.
I Like Pizza
I LOVE pizza. Cheesy bread is delicious. Don’t you remember after soccer games or birthday parties or weekend nights when you just got to completely indulge on cheesy, greasy pizza?! Yeah, that is pizza for me. We would ALWAYS get pizza when the babysitter came on the weekends and it was a constant struggle between deep dish or thin crust. I’m all about the deep dish: more cheese. Please excuse me while I daydream about pizza.
Ok, back to reality. Pizza is one of the most indulgent things for me to eat since I rarely eat it. I savor every bite of it when I get it. And I don’t mean the vegetable kinda pizza, I mean the cheesy, greasy kind of pizza, full of gluten and loaded with pepperoni. Yeah, I don’t really eat that too often. If I do pizza it’ll be gluten free and I try to get some nutritional value with more veggies and less cheese.
Well, fear no more, friends! I’ve created the guilt-free option to your pizza desires! Well, at least my pizza desires. Bonus: tater tot desires answered here too! Enter pizza cauliflower tots–all the flavor, none of the guilt. This recipe is loaded with cauliflower and totally gluten free. I used my food processor to make crumbs out of a handful of gluten free pretzels for my version of bread crumbs. However, use gluten free breadcrumbs if you please.
Some other flavor suggestions: pesto cauliflower tots, spicy cauliflower tots, or spinach cauliflower tots.
Make a double batch of this simple recipe for your next party and see if anyone can tell the difference between cauli-tots and regular tater tots. I bet they can’t!
- 2 cups frozen cooked riced cauliflower, thawed (I use Trader Joe's brand)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (regular or gluten free)
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- 2 tbsp sundried tomatoes, chopped (use more if desired)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, use your hands to mix together all ingredients. Gently fold ingredients into each other until completely mixed.
- Take 1 tbsp of mixture at a time and make small tots. Lay them about 1/2" apart in rows on the baking sheet.
- Place in fridge for about 10 minutes to set.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until slightly golden and firm on the outside.
- Cool and serve on their own or with your favorite dip.