Cauliflower Bread, Tortillas, "Cheesy" Biscuits and Burger Buns

All images from original posting of recipe - links below. 
The battle of the middle bulge seems to become more difficult for most women once they are postmenopausal. That certainly was the case for me.  I've been able to dress around it, but would love to have it gone, especially as my doctor has made it clear what the health risks are for carrying extra weight in that area.

I have cut back on many things - including my beloved bread.  But the battle is rages on.  Exercise, especially that building more muscle mass is so important. It helps to raise our declining metabolism which can make a huge difference.  So that's high on my list of changes as I don't believe in eating in a way that is unsustainable.

3 of the most common ways to process the cauliflower - food processor, blender and hand grater.
We all want to indulge occasionally, especially those of us with tall husbands that are thin as a rail and can eat anything they want.  A few potato chips here, a small bowl of ice cream there, shouldn't cause us guilt.  But I also realized I really craved some healthy alternatives to the carbs I love without having to seek out special bakeries and or pay high store prices.

Here are 4 recipes I will be trying in the next 2 weeks.  The bread recipe was forwarded to me by a friend. The biscuit recipe is from a site I stumbled across several years ago which I adore. The tortilla and burger bun recipes came from web searches as these are items I use on a regular basis.

I'll be popping back in to give my feedback on each as I try them out.  And I'm crossing my fingers they all freeze well so I can keep a stock on hand.

For recipes that have you book the cauliflower rice first, you
need to squeeze it dry after. The best way is with cheesecloth.
If you try any of these, please add a comment to the blog - what did you like, what didn't you like, what would you change? And be sure to follow the link to the original post as lots of great recipes are available there.

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Cauliflower Bread - From a site called Gastromony

½ small cauliflower, trimmed of core
one egg
¼ cup mozzarella cheese and Parmesan blend (you can just use mozzarella)
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to season
1 tsp olive oil

Instructions -
Pre-heat oven to 160C/320F (conventional ovens 180C/350F).

Grate or use food processor to turn cauliflower into a rice texture.  Add egg, cheese, oregano and seasoning and mix together on Speed 3 for a few second until well combined.

Line a baking sheet with baking paper and use olive oil to grease. Place spoonfuls of the cauliflower mixture on sheet and spread out into circles, around 1cm in height. Bake for 40 minutes until slightly dried out, browning, and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and using a spatula carefully peel away from baking paper. Flip over and return to oven for 10 more minutes.

Serve immediately where possible.

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Cauliflower Tortillas
From a site called Recipe Girl
Ingredients - 

3/4 large head cauliflower (or two cups riced)
2 large eggs (Vegans, sub flax eggs)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 medium lime, juiced and zested
salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions -

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F., and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Trim the cauliflower, cut it into small, uniform pieces, and pulse in a food processor in batches until you get a couscous-like consistency. The finely riced cauliflower should make about 2 cups packed.

Place the cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, then stir and microwave again for another 2 minutes. If you don't use a microwave, a steamer works just as well. Place the cauliflower in a fine cheesecloth or thin dish towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible, being careful not to burn yourself. Dishwashing gloves are suggested as it is very hot.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Add in cauliflower, cilantro, lime, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Use your hands to shape 6 small "tortillas" on the parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes, carefully flip each tortilla, and return to the oven for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until completely set. Place tortillas on a wire rack to cool slightly.

Heat a medium-sized skillet on medium. Place a baked tortilla in the pan, pressing down slightly, and brown for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

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Cauliflower "Cheesy" Biscuits
From a site called Momma's Delight

Ingredients - 

1 head of cauliflower
2 eggs
1/2 cup of almond meal
1/4 cup of nutritional yeast or shredded cheese
1/2 tsp of garlic salt* 
You could also add chives, rosemary, bacon bits or whatever you like inside of your biscuits.

Directions -

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Wash and dry the head of cauliflower. Cut it up into small pieces. Using the shredder blade on your food processor, shred it up. Place the shredded cauliflower into a pan and fry it up with a little olive or coconut oil for about 7 minutes. You just want it to get a little softer.

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until you have a wet pasty like consistency. Grease a 6 cup muffin pan and fill each muffin holder with the mixture almost to the top. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top in nice and crispy looking. The more caramelized looking on the outside the better! Enjoy!

Cauliflower Burger Buns - 
From a site called Delish

Ingredients - 

1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 large eggs
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
1 tbsp. cornstarch
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. sesame seeds

Directions - 

Preheat oven to 425º and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

On a box grater or in a food processor, grate cauliflower and transfer to a large bowl. Microwave on high, 8 minutes. Drain thoroughly with paper towels or a cheesecloth until mixture is dry. Add eggs, Parmesan and cornstarch and season with salt and pepper. Mix until combined.
Form cauliflower into eight 4” circles on prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake until golden, 22 to 25 minutes.