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Cauliflower Cakes with Avocado Ranch Cream

Time to eat our vegetables again. I created this dish for the Alphabet Challenge. This challenge is organized and coordinated by Brenda at Meal Planning Magic. What a great idea! This is where on or around the 15th of each month I will publish vegetable recipes and share them at the link party with other bloggers. If you are interested in joining us you can find out more here.

I picked the letter C for cauliflower. Cauliflower is very popular right now. I have learned many, many new ways to make it. I got this one and changed it just a little from the Healthy Foodie. I can’t be as healthy as she can so I added this avocado cream to it (its kind of healthy).

Cauliflower Cakes with Avocado Cream

I got nutritional information about cauliflower here: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2390/2 Cauliflower per cup has 25 calories, 30mg of sodium, 5g of carbohydrates and 2g of protein.

Check out the link party below (must be registered to enter) and don’t forget to check out the Eating the Alphabet Pinterest board. There you can keep track of all the recipes that are added month-to-month but also find new recipes from last year too. What’s your favorite fruit, vegetable, grain or legume that starts with the letter C or D?

Buffalo “Cauliwings” Oven Fried Cauliflower

I didn’t believe it so I had to try it.  It was good!  You may have noticed that I have been experimenting with cauliflower, the other white meat/potato lately.  Some of these recipes have been good but in no way related to what they are supposed to mock. Like cauliflower clouds which were supposed to be like tater tots.  They were okay but not tater tots.  These Cauliwings are actually a pretty good knock off of boneless chicken wings.  HINT: The secret is in the sauce.  The more flavor you add the more flavor you get.


So, Thanksgiving/Pre-Christmas recovery friends, give this one a try.


  • 1 head cauliflower, cleaned and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (I prefer Crystal)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce + 2 tablespoons of hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, flour, and garlic salt and cayenne powder  whisking until mostly smooth (it’s ok if there are a few lumps left).

Put the cauliflower in the bowl and stir with a spatula to completely coat with the buttermilk mixture.

Place the cauliflower on a greased cookie sheet.  Separate any large clumpings.  Cook for 20 minutes, gently turning mid-way through the cooking.

While cooking combine the hot sauce and 1 tablespoon of the melted butter in a medium size bowl and the BBQ sauce, two tablespoons of hot sauce and 1 tablespoon of melted butter in another medium size bowl.

Carefully remove the hot cauliflower from the oven and distribute evenly between the two bowls.  Stir VERY gently to coat.

Return the cauliflower to the cookie sheet and bake another 5 minutes.

Serve with celery and ranch or blue cheese dressing.

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Turkey Sloppy Joes with Cauliflower Clouds

I am scheduling this one.  Time for Black Friday shopping.  I am going to try on-line shopping for as long as I can take it.  I know at some point though I will be out to the mall.  I just can’t stand to miss the crowds.

I am still full from Thanksgiving dinner and I need to scale back when I can during the holiday season, but I still want some junk food.  I am thinking I’ll compromise and have Turkey Sloppy Joes with Cauliflower Clouds orrrrrrr  I’ll just go to Avilas.  I’ll start the healthy eating again on Monday.  If you are a stronger soul than I.  Here are the recipes.  You could maybe even work in your leftover turkey.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder (can be omitted)
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of ketchup
  • 4 Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats or thin buns
  • Sliced Dill Pickles
  • Sliced Red Onion
  • BBQ sauce for spreading

In a medium saucepan over medium high heat warm olive oil and add onion.  Sautee until soft.  Crumble in turkey breast (or heck chop up some leftovers in the food processor).  Add seasonings while turkey is cooking one at a time and mixing well.  When turkey is cooked add tomato paste and stir until cooked in.  Add BBQ sauce, mustard and ketchup. Cook until thick.  About 10 minutes.

Spread thin bun with BBQ sauce and top with one quarter of the turkey mixture.  Top with pickles and onions.

The side recipe is Cauliflower Clouds. This is adapted from a recipe that was initially introduced to me as Cauliflower Tots.  That is a sacrilege to tater tots.  While these are good, they are decidely NOT anything like tater tots.  Which I love.  I have changed it quite a bit including the name.

Cauliflower Clouds

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons light cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 4 egg whites
  • salt & pepper to taste

Clean and trim the cauliflower, adding the florets to a microwave safe bowl.  Add the cream and butter to the bowl.  Microwave for 5 minutes.  Add the cauliflower and cheese to a food processor  and chop into thick mixture (like cottage cheese).  Pour the mixture into a fine mesh strainer and let sit over a bowl for five minutes to drain liquids.  Place in a new bowl and add salt and pepper.  Chill for at least half an hour.

Whip the egg whites to a stiff peak.  Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the cauliflower mixture to lighten it up.  Then fold the cauliflower mixture into the rest of the egg whites and gently mix until combined.

Scoop mixture using a small scoop or large tablespoon and place onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes until puffed and slightly browned.

That sounds pretty good.  Maybe I won’t go to Avilas.  Hmmmm…back to my shopping list.  Oh, hey, be sure to go over and meet my new friend Melissa featured on New Friend Friday.  She is in to good old fashioned cooking too.  I love her post for Thanksgiving.  It is what she is thankful for then keep scrolling for a 60 second chocolate chip cookie a la mode.  Oh yuuuuuuummmmmmm!

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