Tonight I decided to have a little fun in the kitchen by testing out the Cheesy Cauliflower Tater Tots I had recently pinned on Pinterest. I was drawn to the short and simple ingredient list, the straight forward recipe, and, of course, the delicious looking photo.
The recipe itself was pretty easy to follow (I basically made mashed cauliflower with cheese, folded in egg whites, and baked the tots for 15 minutes at 375), but it did take some time to get through all the steps. I thought the egg whites were a nice touch and added some fluffiness to the tater tots. Unfortunately I fell short with rounding up a pastry bag or a star tube with a 3/4 inch opening, so mine weren’t the prettiest tots on the block. I kept it old school with a giant ziploc bag with the tip snipped off instead (classy). I also didn’t fry the tots and instead just baked them a little longer as the recipe suggested. They came out pretty soft, but did harden up after they were on the counter for a bit.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure if I was a fan at first, but the more I ate of them, the more I enjoyed them. The cheesy flavor is very subtle and the cauliflower is rich and mushy in the center. However, Derek was not a fan. He tried one and made a face. He said they tasted like mushy cauliflower and something just wasn’t right about that. Remind me never to make him mashed cauliflower…
In the end I thought they were good, but I probably wouldn’t make them again due to how much work went into them. Maybe if they had knocked my socks off I would find an excuse to put the effort in, but there were no socks knocked off here. Oh well.
I paired the cauliflower with some leftover ham from Easter that was in my freezer.
and steamed green beans.
Lunch today was a fun bowl of leftover roasted veggies topped with hummus, cheese, and walnuts.
Did you know that cheese melted on warm hummus tastes just like refried beans with cheese? True story.
With a juicy pear on the side.
100 calorie bag of kettle corn with some peanuts for my mid-afternoon snack.
And two Tag Alongs for dessert.
Healthy Living Summit
We have official dates: August 17-19th
We have an official location: Boston, MA <– that’s right! we’re going back to where it all started. 😉
I guess that only can mean one thing…. Healthy Living Summit 2012 is ON! Woo hoo!
I’ll fill in the details as they come, but I can say that we’re currently seeking speakers for the 2012 summit. So if you are passionate about healthy living or blogging – and are interested in speaking at this year’s summit – please head to the HLS Call for Submissions page now and submit a proposal.
Are you planning on attending the FOURTH annual Healthy Living Summit this year? I know I’ll be there. 😉