Lucky for you, we have just the healthy recipe to get the cozy night started—Cauliflower Parmesan Bites—from the queen of spiralized veggies herself, Ali Maffucci. You’ll find the veggie-centric appetizer in the new Well+Good Cookbook, which officially drops on April 16 with 100 easy, tasty recipes, all from wellness luminaries. (And yes, it's available for preorder now, so glad you asked.)
“My inspiration was taking what makes many Italian American dishes so delicious (cheese, basil, and tomato sauce) and applying that to a hearty vegetable to create a snack that's nostalgic, delicious, and nutritious—AKA, totally well balanced,” says Maffucci, founder of Inspiralized. In other words, these bites will go fast.
Watch the video above to see the cheesy bites in action, and preorder The Well+Good Cookbook, stat.
Cauliflower Parmesan Bites
Makes 6 servings
Coconut oil spray
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup almond flour
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, plus more for garnish
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large head cauliflower, broken into florets
1/2 cup prepared marinara sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 fresh basil leaves, very thinly sliced
1. Preheat the oven to 450º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat the parchment with coconut oil spray.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond milk, Parmesan, almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, and ½ cup water. Season with salt and black pepper. Dredge the cauliflower florets through the mixture, coating them well and patting the mixture into the crevices of the cauliflower. Place the coated florets on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Flip and bake for 20 minutes more, or until the cauliflower is fork-tender and golden brown on the outside.
3. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and turn the broiler to high. Top each cauliflower piece with a dollop of marinara sauce and some mozzarella. Return the pan to the oven and broil for 2 to 3 minutes, until the mozzarella begins bubbling.
4. Remove and immediately garnish with more Parmesan, the basil, and red pepper flakes. Transfer the cauliflower to a serving platter and spear each floret with a toothpick. Serve immediately.
Photo: Tim Gibson for Well+Good
Love cauliflower? Find more veggie-loaded recipes in the first ever Well+Good Cookbook!
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