An Effort to End Nutritional Ignorance
As a child, every time I went out to dinner with my parents, I ordered a grilled cheese with bacon. White bread, Kraft singles “cheese product” and who knows what was in the bacon. But to me, it was delicious. Now, however, I shudder at the thought of it.
In America, we seem to feed our kids only comfort foods with NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE. Why is it that our kids’ menus consist of ONLY processed foods and empty carbs: PB & J, Grilled Cheese, Cheese Quesadilla, Cheese pizza, or Chicken Tenders each served with a nutrient devoid side of….wait for it….Fries!
So, when I saw this recipe for a Cauliflower Grilled Cheese, I wanted to see if it was anything close to the delicious but detrimental grilled cheese of yester year. I was skeptical, but eager.
Preheat oven to 450
Take 1 head of cauliflower, chopped, boil it for 5-7 minutes, until slightly soft, but still crisp.
Strain and place in a blender or grate/chop it finely.
Place grated cauliflower on to paper towels and absorb extra moisture.
Put cauliflower in to a mixing bowl, add 1 egg (preferably local, cage free, antibiotic and hormone free–It’s healthier, It’s humane, and it tastes better!), and 1/2 cup cheese (I prefer fresh grated parmesan) and stir:
Place mixture onto greased baking sheet (or on parchment paper or foil) and shape in to bread sized squares:
Baked until golden brown (~ 5-10 minutes)
Then delicately remove 2 squares, using a spatula (because they are a bit crumbly). Now you could just nibble on these cauliflower crumble cakes, we’ll call them…or…
place a slice of cheese in between the squares. (I prefer hormone-free muenster cheese).
Proceed to grilled cheese making as usual with (hormone free) butter in a pan:
While it tastes more like a quiche and a grilled cheese had a baby, than a grilled cheese, per se, and it’s not easily picked up like a sammy, it’s is still super delicious! And oh so nutritious. Definitely worth a try!