Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cauliflower Tots -- 10 or 12 Smart Points

A friend posted a link on Facebook to a video demonstration of various types of low car veggie snacks.  I watched the video and realized the ingredients to make cauliflower tots were in the refrigerator and whipped up a batch.

In the video, they just indicated to use a head of cauliflower, without telling you how many cups you'd have after grating.  I used a food processor and wound up with 5 cups.

The Smart Points are calculated from the ingredients I used.  You'll need to adjust the points for your particular ingredients.  I used a whole egg, you can use just the egg white and lower the total by two points, etc.

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

 I used a kitchen scoop (5 tsp - 2 T. size) to portion the mixture.  Then shaped them into tots. Place them standing on end on a parchment lined baking sheet.
 The recipe made so many that I didn't want to cook them all in the air fryer in small batches.  These two were cooked in the air fryer, as a test.  I set the temperature at high, cooked for 5 minutes, then turned them over.  I then lowered the temperature and cooked them a total of 10 more minutes.  They were nicely browned and done.
 These were done in a convection oven for a total of 20 minutes.  I didn't completely brown them since I'll be reheating them in the air fryer later.
Just a close up of the finished tots.

12 Smart Points for entire recipe
Yields 24-26 tots

1 head cauliflower
1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, finely minced
Salt and pepper
1 egg

Separate cauliflower into large pieces and process in food processor or grate it to yield 5 cups.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Make sure to mix well.
Using a scoop, measure out and shape into tots.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes, turning once half way through cooking time.

Smart Points
Panko crumbs                   2
Parmesan cheese             8
Egg                                   2

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