Healthy Comfort Food – Cauliflower Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Dr. Hubby & I have been embracing the “high fat low carb” lifestyle for quite some time now… but the kids? That’s another story. First, growing kiddos don’t need to limit their carb intake to the same extent that their parents do. The DO need to choose quality (low starch) carbs, however vs. all the refined sugar sources.
Also, the kiddos simply don’t WANT to follow in our footsteps on this path quite yet! Yep. The inmates are resisting at times! lol! (It’s ok… once in awhile you might hear a faint cry in the night… and it’s ME, whining for pasta or bread or something super-starchy from my previous life! I’m not too proud to admit it! Thankfully, I’m smart enough to stop at the whining *most* of the time!)
One of the foods the kids rarely see anymore is bread… or sandwiches, unless we’ve substituted the bread with lettuce wraps and that sort of thing. If there’s ever bread, it’s traditional sourdough. However, they LOVE a good sandwich now and then. Shoot, so do I!
What’s a health-seeking, longevity-promoting mom to do?
Give the kids a sandwich for cryin’ out loud… but let’s do something completely different for the bread!
We’ve had a lot of fun playing around with cauliflower as a substitute for bread, flour, pizza crusts, rice, and “filler” for certain recipes for a long time. For some reason, I hadn’t made the kids THIS scrumptious ‘treat’ yet – the Cauliflower Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Holy smokes! WIN!
I paired this with a bowl of homemade chicken soup and a side salad on a cold winter day and it was perfect!
1 head organic cauliflower, (to make about 4 cups processed cauliflower)
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c. finely grated organic Parmesan
1/2 tsp. oregano (and any other spices you’d like)
1 1/2 c. shredded organic white Cheddar
(Try to upgrade to organic, free-range/cage-free if possible.)
Mozzarella cheese also works really well with this sandwich. It’s a bit lower in calories & fat… but I don’t worry about healthy fat or calories with my beanpole kids at this point! (Plus, I was out of mozzarella!)
1. Cut cauliflower into florets. Process cauliflower florets in a food processor, Ninja dealio, or whatever you’ve got until the size & texture is similar to that of rice. I grated the cauliflower because I accidentally sold my food processor and no Ninjas currently live with me.
2. In a medium bowl, combine processed cauliflower, eggs, Parmesan and oregano. Mix until evenly combined then season with salt and pepper and anything else that tickles your fancy.
3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add your heat-safe healthy oil/fat of choice (avocado or coconut oil are good choices for this temperature), then scoop the cauliflower mixture into a small patty on one side of the pan. Repeat to form a second patty on the other side. (These are your nifty little “bread” slices.) Press down on both pieces with a spatula and cook until golden underneath, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook until the other sides are golden, about 3 minutes more.
4. Top one cauliflower slice with cheese then place the other cauliflower slice on top. Cook until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes more per side. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
That all sounded confusing… but it’s like making a ‘traditional’ grilled cheese sandwich. No advanced degree in cookery is required!
Do you like adding other things to your grilled cheese sandwich to snaz it up? Like bacon, tomato, a fried egg, avocado/guacamole, some meat, chili, spinach, arugula, artichokes, pesto, Brussels sprouts (I’m coming over!!), etc. etc.?? Then go ahead and add them to THIS version, too!
That’s it! A fun, fairly quick, easy, and DELICIOUS spin on the traditional comfort food … the mighty grilled cheese sandwich!
Have a favorite version of a classic grilled cheese you’d like to share? I’d love to hear it!
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