Cauliflower “Breaded” Chicken

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If you have been following my blog, you will notice that we eat a lot of cauliflower.  That is because there are so many interesting ways you can prepare it to make it delicious and taste different.  This recipe for Cauliflower Breaded Chicken – tasted almost exactly like breaded chicken, but so much healthier and still good.  I cooked this one day during the week and the only difficult thing about it, was the time it took to bake the cauliflower “bread” crumbs.

I started by chopping the cauliflower into chunks and placed them into the food processor until they were the same size as couscous.  Then I sprinkled the cauliflower onto the covered baking sheet.  The baking sheet is covered with parchment paper because I hate cleaning the baking sheets after I use them.  The cauliflower is wet, I found that it was good to sprinkle the cauliflower onto the pan to avoid large clumps forming.

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Cauliflower Pizza with Chicken Sausage

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First thing about this cauliflower recipe – it takes longer than you think :)  Usually when Jamie cooks I am always so worried about when we are eating (hopefully before 9pm) – well this time it took me a lot longer than I thought to make homemade pizza sauce and cauliflower crust.  Now that I have done it once though I have learned and can’t wait to make it again.

I started by shredding the cauliflower in the food processor into crumbles.  I did not use the whole cauliflower, probably a little more than half and saved the rest for a future dinner since cauliflower is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with recently.  Then I cooked the cauliflower in the microwave for about 8 minutes in a micro-wave safe bowl and let it cool for 10-15 minutes.

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After I let the cauliflower cool I mixed in the ingredients for the “dough” – eggs, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, oregano, basil, salt, and garlic powder.  Go ahead and pre-heat your oven now for 450 degrees and roll the mixture into a ball in the bowl.  I took out my pizza stone, sprayed it with Mac Oil and rolled the “dough” out as evenly as possible.   Continue reading

The Whole Bird :)

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Jamie and I love to watch the cooking competition shows (like Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, Chopped, Master Chef) and on one episode of Top Chef, Emeril (a judge at the time) cooked a whole chicken and he rubbed the herbs under the skin.  I thought this was so cool and told Jamie that I was going to try it.  Then a couple weeks later I was at working thinking about what I was going to cook for dinner and all of a sudden – I knew I had to try it.

I researched different ways that people were stuffing they’re chicken and chicken skin – Beer Can Chicken looked awesome, but that’s a story for another day.  I didn’t use a specific recipe – I ended up pulling different things from a couple recipes and making my own version. (always turns out better)  On my way home from work I went to the store and bought my first 5lb. chicken and assorted veggies (leeks, potatoes, carrots) to lay in the bottom of the pan.  My fiance and I are the only ones in the house, but luckily his business partner was over.  I told them I was going to cook a whole chicken and I needed them to eat it.  Of course, no problem.

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