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Old 07-19-2017, 07:41 AM   #1
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i have seen several FAUX recipes made from...

cauliflower, such as faux rice, and faux home fries, which I had seen on the FOOD PORN threads. they look really delicious. I hope eventually to make them IF I can bring them (per portion)into line with ATKINS 72. have any of y'all made these, and/or other cauliflower(and/or other very low carb veggies) based faux faves? Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:48 AM   #2
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Hi, FF! Cauliflower is in season, so it's a good time to try new recipes.

I've done home fries with cauli, which I enjoyed very much. I am also planning to make a basic curry (saute curry powder, grated ginger and crushed garlic in oil, add onions, saute until translucent, add the cauli, water &/or coconut milk to make a sauce, S&P and simmer till tender).

What about cauliflower latkes (steam the cauli till tender, squeeze dry, puree and then proceed with latke-making)

I haven't tried the pizza crust, but my friend swears by it.

Let us know how everything turns out!
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Old 07-19-2017, 08:13 AM   #3
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I use it a lot. I use both fresh and frozen depending on what I'm making. I let the frozen thaw until just barely icy and pulse it in my food processor until it looks like grains of rice. I make Mexican rice, Fried rice, Creole rice, (I feel like Forest Gump!) etc. We think it's great. Faux potato salad is a favorite of ours. Again, I use the frozen because when thawed it doesn't need cooking to resemble the texture of cooked potatoes. One needs to drain and squeeze all the water out to keep the salad from being watery and cut it into small pieces. Not as good as real potato salad but it cures the craving for us. Along with baked beans made from canned black soy beans it makes a nice accompaniment for our smoked barbecue.
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:17 AM   #4
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We love the fauxtater salad. I use fresh cauli for this, I micro-steam it and let it drain completely. There is a taste about the frozen cauliflower products I don't care for, so I always start with fresh.

I like the riced cauliflower too, which many places are now selling. I bought a big bag of it at Costco a week or so back and made fried caulirice, with a bit of soy sauce and a drizzle of sesame oil, green onions, chopped red bell pepper, a small amount of frozen green peas, and an egg scrambled into it. Very yummy.

I tried the cauli pizza crust and did not care for it. We are fond of the frozen cauli tots you can buy though! We had some last night with our grilled tri-tip.
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:44 AM   #5
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I saw a frozen cauli-crust pizza at Trader Joe's the other day. I didn't have time to look at it closely, but I flipped it over and the carbs were kind of high, but I didn't check the ingredients to see what was in it. They also had just the crust with no toppings too. I'm going to have a better look next time.
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:00 PM   #6
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I've tried everything cauli. Fauxtatoes, faux rice, pizza crust. Fresh or frozen, didn't matter. Threw them all out after a few bites. I wanted to like it - I really did, so I kept trying. The idea of having a potato sub doused in LC gravy sounded like Thanksgiving heaven. Nope. Not gonna happen. Couldn't stomach it.

I just can't warm up to any of them, probably because I have never liked cauliflower, and no matter how you gussie it up, I still can taste it. But assuming you like it, then I'm sure you'll love all the many "faux" recipes.
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Old 07-20-2017, 04:56 AM   #7
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I know what you mean. I have tried and tried to like cooked radishes and I just can't make them work for me. Cat, perhaps you could try a different veggie in your recipes. I like celery root for hash browns and rutabaga (Swedes) for stews. Maybe if you start with a vegetable you like, you will have greater success.
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:32 AM   #8
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SO HAPPY that i love cauliflower anyway.

so I feel confident that any veggie that I roast, grill, or saute will be like dessert. when I start making VLC chili in the cold weather I want to put the chili on top of something crispy and equally VLC. OF course, I can also spoon it over eggs, franks...the sky's the limit. Love & Profits: LATFERENGHI
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:34 AM   #9
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The trick to good home fries is to fry them with some diced onion over medium high heat, stirring constantly until they sort of start to caramelize. I use cauliflower and onions cooked this way to make corned beef hash, too. I used the cauliflower pearls last time because they are made from the cauliflower stems and stay firmer when you cook them, instead of turning to mush. They are also great in stuffed peppers instead of rice.
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:38 AM   #10
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so I feel confident that any veggie that I roast, grill, or saute will be like dessert. when I start making VLC chili in the cold weather I want to put the chili on top of something crispy and equally VLC. OF course, I can also spoon it over eggs, franks...the sky's the limit. Love & Profits: LATFERENGHI
Mix a little salsa in some mayo to make a dressing for a green salad, then put a half cup of the chili over the salad to make a taco salad. I top mine with a little shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa.
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I love caulimash and make it all the time. Just a bag of cauliflower microwaved for 4 minutes, add 4 ozs of cream cheese and microwave for 5 more minutes. Season and use immersion blender to purée. Add pat of butter and enjoy. It freezes well too.
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Old 07-21-2017, 10:06 AM   #12
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If you want a gourmet version of the mash, try using brie cheese instead of cream cheese. Makes it really extra-yummy. DH professes to hate Brie, so for a long time I didn't tell him that was what was in the cauli mash he said was so delicious!
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I saw a frozen cauli-crust pizza at Trader Joe's the other day. I didn't have time to look at it closely, but I flipped it over and the carbs were kind of high, but I didn't check the ingredients to see what was in it. They also had just the crust with no toppings too. I'm going to have a better look next time.
I asked my son who shops at Trader Joe's to check as he's a low-carber too. He just texted me "Gluten free. Not low carb." He didn't say what the ingredients were though.
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I asked my son who shops at Trader Joe's to check as he's a low-carber too. He just texted me "Gluten free. Not low carb." He didn't say what the ingredients were though.
I wonder why they bothered then. There are already tons of gf pizza options, even at TJ's.
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The TJ's crust has potato flour, chickpea flour and brown rice flour so yeah, gluten free but not low carb. Oh well.
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If you want a gourmet version of the mash, try using brie cheese instead of cream cheese. Makes it really extra-yummy. DH professes to hate Brie, so for a long time I didn't tell him that was what was in the cauli mash he said was so delicious!
Thanks for the idea. Sounds yummy. Can't wait to try it.
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:15 AM   #17
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We love the fauxtater salad. I use fresh cauli for this, I micro-steam it and let it drain completely. There is a taste about the frozen cauliflower products I don't care for, so I always start with fresh.

I like the riced cauliflower too, which many places are now selling. I bought a big bag of it at Costco a week or so back and made fried caulirice, with a bit of soy sauce and a drizzle of sesame oil, green onions, chopped red bell pepper, a small amount of frozen green peas, and an egg scrambled into it. Very yummy.

I tried the cauli pizza crust and did not care for it. We are fond of the frozen cauli tots you can buy though! We had some last night with our grilled tri-tip.

Hi Char(ski)

Which section at Costco does one find this?



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Hi Larry!

It was in their refrigerated fresh produce section where you also find lettuce, green beans, cucumbers, etc. At least in "my" Costco - that's where it was!

You know how they are though - what's in one Costco may not be in the others, and what you find this week may not be there next week. I went through the refrigerated section (a separate breakout in my Costco) last week and didn't notice the riced cauli. Who knows!
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Sam's club has it, too.
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:28 PM   #20
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I love the Birds eye riced cauliflower. Its cheaper to buy a head of cauliflower but so much more convenient if you are pressed for time. Walmart and Kroger sells a cilantro paste, I use it to make cilantro lime " rice". Last night, I made shrimp and grits with the Birds eye cauli rice. It was great.
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