Cauliflower Muffin Tops

I am often asked about cutting down on sugar - "Don't you miss eating 'fill in the blank'!?". The truth is, while I did deal with cravings at first, as my body got into balance,  I stopped craving super sweet things all together. In fact, I have found that what used to be pleasurably sweet is often  unbearably sweet for me now. My palate has completely changed.

With that said, there is one item that I do sometimes find myself day dreaming about, and it's one that I enjoyed every morning from the time I was around 5 or 6 years old.

My morning muffin (with tea) was such a ritual for me, and a hard one to break. A few weeks ago, I found myself thinking about muffins again, and decided to come up with an updated version- one that was way more nutrient dense and actually kept me full. 

As you might have seen on Instagram, this muffin top eventually morphed into a pretty excellent hamburger bun.

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons almond meal 
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 
  • almond butter for drizzle (optional)

Steps

  • Heat oven to 400F
  • Remove leaves and stem and chop cauliflower into florets
  • In batches pulse the florets in a food processor until they resemble rice
  • Combine rice with other ingredients and mix together. 
  • Divide into 5-6 balls and place on parchment paper covered baking sheet
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes
  • Broil on high for 5 minutes if you prefer more crispiness 

 

BUNS:  The sweeter spices worked just fine for me in the bun capacity, but if you are looking for more of a savory creation from the start, you could swap in cayenne, garlic powder and sea salt. To reheat as buns, I sliced in half and put in the toaster oven at 350 for 5 minutes which led to ultimate crispiness :) 

Ultimate Root Vegetable Fries

One of my absolute favorite simple snacks is root vegetable fries. Root vegetables are super nutrient dense, and make for a crispy and delicious batch of fries with little effort. 

I have used this recipe for turnip, rutabaga, parsnip, carrot, celery & parsley root fries. If you manage to save some for later, you can simply pop them in the toaster oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes to crisp up just like new. 

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Steps

  • heat the oven to 375 degrees
  • clean root, if using rutabaga or celery root peel the outer layer
  • chop into fry size pieces- the thiner the pieces, the crispier the fries will be
  • mix in a bowl with other ingredients
  • place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet 
  • bake for 20-30 minutes, or until very crispy

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound root vegetable of your choice (smaller batches make for crispier fries)  
  • 4 tablespoons organic cold pressed olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon sea salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (optional)