Hey there :)
Do you also sometimes hear all those phrases of people stating they don’t eat a lot of veggies because they find them boring? I sometimes do but I don’t really get it. Sure, broccoli on its own with no spices or sauce or whatever might become a bit boring or struck one as plain. But that’s just the same with almost every other food. Usually one would also flavor their meat to make it tasty. It’s basically all about mixing the ingredient with other ingredients and flavors in order to make something delicious and fun to eat.
Apple by itself – sure that works, but turned into an applecake? Scrumptious!
plain chia seeds? – meeh. but as chia pudding? Yummi :)
Nothing but quinoa – very plain and unexciting, but made into a nice patty or as a part of a nice big comfort bowl, so satisfying!
I mean come on, if you are being creative and experiment a bit, almost everything can add up to a nice overall dish. That’s why it sometimes makes me a bit sad if someone tells me, some sort of food (and in particular vegetables) would be too boring. Blah! They’re gorgeous :P
Just take a look at cauliflower. Just like that I’d agree.. plain cauliflower isn’t my favorite. But if you take a look around, you see people turning it into some sort of rice replacement, a pizzadough even. Look what an allrounder we have here :) Veggies are multi-talents :)
I personally decided to turn the cauliflower into nuggets which also worked really nice :) And with some sauces it’s a nice and light fingerfood. Not boring at all :) So, to all the people telling me vegetables are boring. Cut the crap :P
prep time: about 50 minutes +++ yields about 20 nuggets
- about ½ head cauliflower (I had a rather big one, about 700g / 6 Cups chopped. But no need to be super exact here)
- 1 big red onion
- 2 gloves garlic
- 1 Cup / 100g rolled oats (+ some more if needed)
- 2 Tbsp. chopped rosemary
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds + 6 Tbsp. water
- ½ Cup / 60g nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika powder
- ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
- some coarse corn meal
- some oil
Mix the chia-seeds with the water and set aside.
Chop the cauliflower so you can easily wash it and wash it.
Then grate the cauliflower until it resembles rice. You could also blend it in a mixer, just make sure you don’t blend too long. If you use a blender I’d work in batches and just pulse several times. But I find the grating, although it takes more time yields in better results. But both ways work. You choose your favorite :)
Chop the onion finely.
Sauté the chopped onion in a tbsp. of oil for about 3 minutes. Then add the grated cauliflower and two gloves of crushed garlic and stir-fry together with the onions for another 5 minutes. Let cool.
In the meantime chop the rosemary, pulse the rolled oats in a blender until you have coarse meal and start some washing-up ;)
When cooled a bit place in a bowl and add the chia-water-gel (chia-egg), the nutritional yeast, rolled oats, the spices and some salt and pepper to taste. Mix with your hands until you have a dough that holds together. If it is too wet, add some more ground rolled oats or some corn meal. Adjust spices to taste.
On a flat plate put some coarse corn meal. Form the cauliflower dough into small nuggets and roll into cornmeal until evenly coated.
In a pan over medium-high heat with a bit of oil fry the nuggets, each side for about 3-5 minutes.
Serve with some Ketchup or other sauces :)