Cheesy Ranch Cauliflower Breadsticks

The recipe for these Cheesy Ranch Cauliflower Breadsticks contains ZERO flour.  They are totally gluten-free and extremely low in carbs! You will want to keep this recipe close!IMG_6332 Holy smokes!  Is it really February already?!  Where does the time go?  In case you didn’t know, today is Groundhog Day.  Good old Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow once again.

So, yes.  It really is February already!  One month has really passed since New Years and I really need to start getting back on track with my low-carb eating habits.  This recipe for Cheesy Ranch Cauliflower Breadsticks is a winner, winner, chicken dinner!  The cauliflower binds with an egg and some parmesan cheese to make a hearty, flavorful crust.  Gluten free friends– this concoction is a terrific alternative to buying a prepackaged GF mix because the main ingredient is a vegetable, hello!? Even if you are not avoiding gluten, it is pretty darn easy to eat vegetables when they don’t taste like vegetables!  Now you can be sneaky with those picky eaters in your life! IMG_6287I used to hate cauliflower as a kid.  It was always cut up raw and served cold next to broccoli on veggie trays…and it was disgusting.  Bleh.  It was powdery, chunky, gritty, and tasteless.  I guess I probably still feel that way.  I can’t eat it raw.  I just can’t.  It’s just not good.  But…if I grind it up, mix it with some cheese, add a little ranch flavor, and top all that with even more cheese, I could eat cauliflower for days.IMG_6174

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Cheesy Ranch Cauliflower Breadsticks

  • Servings: Makes about 12 sticks, depending on how you slice it
  • Difficulty: A little advanced, but YOU CAN DO IT!
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Ingredients:

  • 1 12oz bag of frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1oz dry ranch dressing packet
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Empty bag of frozen cauliflower into food processor.  Pulse until finely ground.  Cauliflower should resemble a powdery, rice substance.
  3. Transfer ground cauliflower to microwave-safe bowl and cook in microwave for two minutes; stirring after each minute.  This helps to fluff/steam cauliflower–you want the moisture to be pulled out of it.
  4. If steamed cauliflower is warm, refrigerate until cool.
  5. Add parmesan cheese, egg, ranch packet, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to cauliflower. Stir until combined. (Mixture will be wet and sticky.)
  6.  Pour mixture onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet and spread/shape into a pizza crust or breadstick shape. Do not spread too thin; should be about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Bake crust in oven for 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  8. Remove crust from oven and layer with ranch dressing (like pizza sauce) and top generously with shredded mozzarella.
  9. Place pan back into oven for another 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted, bubbly, and golden.
  10. Slice and serve with marinara sauce or a sauce of your choice!

***Notes:  If you do not have a food processor, I would suggest grating the cauliflower with a cheese grater and chopping it as finely as possible.  If you do not have parchment paper, you can still make this!  Just grease the pan extra, extra well.  You can also use raw cauliflower, of course.  You’ll just have to prepare it and steam it and start at step 4.  This recipe is also perfect for pizza crust!  The base is the same.  You can change the seasonings and substitute Italian seasoning or oregano.

 

 

 

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Buffalo Pretzel Sticks

pretzel5Sooo…maybe I jinxed the Broncos.  That playoff game on Sunday was a big flop.

Football season is essentially over for Denver fans.

But, hey, good news…I heard the NFL still has a Superbowl even if your favorite team loses.  So that means there will still be a big game and they will still play the funny commercials on TV.  People still throw parties and they will still watch the halftime show…and if the halftime show is horrible, people ALWAYS flock to the kitchen to eat snacks.  You still need some good snack ideas!

That’s how my brain works.  You’ve been warned.  Sorry, not sorry.

I’ve got a recipe for Buffalo wing flavored pretzel sticks.  It is an appetizing snack recipe that you can whip up the day before the game and then set them out in front of the TV for all those football fanatics to munch on mindlessly.

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I am a big fan of Frank’s Red Hot sauce and all buffalo sauces in general.  I am a big wimp when it comes to eating spicy food and Red Hot is like the perfect amount of spicy and vinegar-y for my timid little taste buds.  Buffalo is my kind of hot…and I tend to get a little crazy with it.  This recipe is a mix of buffalo sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and spices you have in your cabinet that get drizzled over a bag of pretzel sticks.  Sounds good, eh?

Just a heads up, I do feel like these pretzels taste better a day after you make them because the flavor gets a chance to soak in a bit overnight.  Kind of like when you make Chex Mix…you trackin’?

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Buffalo Pretzel Sticks

  • Servings: Serves a whole crowd
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter
  • 2/3 cup buffalo wing sauce (I like Frank’s Red Hot)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (OR 1 tablespoon of soy sauce + 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice + 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to substitute for 2 tablespoons Worcestershire)
  • 2 teaspoons of onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 15 oz bag of pretzel sticks

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees (F).
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter, buffalo sauce, and Worcestershire sauce over low heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Add onion powder, garlic salt, seasoned salt, and cayenne pepper to saucepan and stir.
  4. Cook mixture for 5 minutes.
  5. Empty bag of pretzels into a large bowl.
  6. Drizzle pretzels with butter sauce mixture and toss until evenly coated.
  7. Place pretzels onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Flip and stir pretzels after every 10 minutes for 30 minutes.  (3 times)
  9. Serve next to fresh cut celery, carrots, and ranch dipping sauce, if you prefer.
  10. ENJOY!

**Pretzels taste most flavorful when baked a day prior to eating.  Bake and store in a sealed container overnight.

Chili Cream Cheese Dip

dipchoice4The Broncos are playing.  Literally.  Literally right now…like, this very second.

Like, I could jump in my car and hear the screaming fans.

Like, I am wearing my Broncos jersey.

Like, I am sitting in my living room typing on my computer with shades of orange and blue in the background.

Okay, I think you get it.

I am sitting here surrounded by family members who rallied together to watch the game with hopeful hearts and plates full of food.  Good ol’ greasy football food.  My dad threw some wings on the grill.  My mom sliced up some potatoes for homemade fries.  My sister rinsed off some veggies.  I offered to make dip (mainly because I had a secret weapon that would take me less than 5 minutes to make and then I could put my feet up with everyone else).

This Chili Cream Cheese Dip is the easiest dip I have ever made.  It is absolutely addicting and it only has two ingredients!dipchoicetwo

Chili Cream Cheese Dip

  • Servings: Makes about 3 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz block of cream cheese, softened
  • 15 oz can of your favorite chili (beans or no beans)

What to do:

  1. Put both ingredients into a small microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute.
  2. Stir mixture and put back into microwave for additional 1-2 minutes.
  3. Serve dip with your favorite corn chips (Fritos).
  4. Enjoy!

 

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