Monday, March 12, 2012

Bottom (Waist)line... Guilt-Free Fried Cauliflower

So me and Mr. Domesticated Diva have been on the lookout for healthy recipes.  We just love going to Mediterranean/Greek restaurants, and one of the staple side dishes is fried cauliflower. 

Here is our version:

Ingredients (Serves 2-3 people):
-Head of Cauliflower
-Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper to taste
-1 1/2 c. Vegetable Oil
-Optional Ingredients: lemon and fresh grated parm/romano cheese

1.) Start by washing and patting dry the cauliflower.  Cut the cauliflower into bite size pieces.

2.) Heat up the vegetable oil over medium high heat in a 1.5 qt. sauce pan.  Let the oil heat up for about 5-7 minutes. 

3.) Work in small batches when frying the cauliflower.  You probably will need two to three batches to fry the entire head of cauliflower.  You should fry the cauliflower about 1-2 minutes per side, for a total of 2-4 minutes per batch.  They will be done once the cauliflower turns to a golden brown.

4.) Season each batch with a little bit of salt, garlic powder, and pepper.  I like using my Tabasco Spicy Salt, because it is the most delicious thing ever created.

Here's the finished product...

You can certainly finish off the fried cauliflower with a little lemon juice and grated parm/romano cheese for added flavor.

Calorie wise this is about 100 cal per serving.  We make this recipe healthier by not battering the cauliflower (no egg, milk, flour, or bread crumbs needed!).  I don't think breading or battering the cauliflower adds anything to the dish, so why add the calories!

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