Cauliflower Tater Tots

Oven Roasted Cauliflower Tater Tots
I made a commitment in 2012, to drop a pound a month. I didn't succeed, though I got pretty close! I lost 10 pounds and it has made a world of difference in my energy level.

Diets don't work, at least not for me, but sadly admitting what it is that makes me fat? Well, that seemed to do the trick this year. Because it's not the cakes and cookies that's a problem for me. It's the bread. And, potatoes. I'm slowly evolving into a potato. I get rounder and plumper every year. :(

So that's what inspired me to get creative with veggies. This recipe, which was adapted from a Weight Watchers recipe, is about half the calories of regular tater tots and it tastes better than the potato version! At least, I think so.

Cauliflower Tater Tots
1 large head cauliflower
1 large egg
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Deer Valley Oomph*

Begin by turning that head of cauliflower into 'rice.' Pop this raw veggie into a food processor and chop it up very fine, into teeny tiny rice-like pieces. If you live in the desert southwest (like I do) the air will dry out the cauliflower bits rather quickly. In more humid climates, spread the little cauliflower bits onto a paper towel to absorb some of the moisture.

And, then... Put the Cauliflower rice into a bowl, whisk an egg, pour that onto the cauliflower, stir in the Parmesan cheese. Using your hands, shmoosh these goodies into tater tot shapes. Spread onto a cookie sheet and bake @400 degrees (F.)

* TIP: Do not use low fat, low sodium cheese.  That's just bad, bad stuff. Fat and sodium contribute mightily to the flavor and texture of cheese. If you want to go that route, skip the cheese altogether. (I worked for Healthy Choice for many years and I know a thing or two about what goes into that crap.)

** Deer Valley Oomph is a southwestern seasoning that gives veggies a great flavor kick. I live in Park City, just down the road from Deer Valley Ski Resort, so this is an easy seasoning for me to find. If you're looking to create your own, try something like this:

Southwestern Seasoning Ingredients: 
  • 1/4 cup EACH: chili powder and onion powder 
  • 2 tablespoons EACH: ground cumin, ground coriander, dried oregano, dried basil, & garlic powder.


Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I love this idea!

diets don't work for me either, but I have dropped a few pounds over the last year just by being more "mindful" of what I eat...

Catch My Words said...

This looks good. Congrats on dropping ten pounds.

troutbirder said...

Yummmy. I love it... being a big cauliflower fan.

Anonymous said...

I realize that I'm domestically challenged, but my cauliflower isn't smooshing together. :-\ And how long did you cook them?

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Try adding more moisture. The cauliflower should be quite soft. Perhaps 20 minutes?

Denise said...

It's hard to envision raw cauliflower smooshing at all - would you steam it a bit first to add more moisture or would that ruin it?

Anonymous said...

Hi: I'm allergic to milk protein. Thus, no cheese : ( Do these work without? Thanks!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Sure, you can make it without cheese. Perhaps sub Italian bread crumbs. That could add some nice flavor.