Mother to 3 boys, Alex, has transformed her unruly and oft hair pulling, meal times by cooking WITH her children. Her reason? Get your children interested in food and they will build up a healthy, long-standing relationship with food. The result? She’s bonded with her kids in the kitchen, and is inspiring others to do the same. Isn’t that fantastic?! Cooking is a priceless life skill, eating well is best imported into the minds of little people from day dot. It is clear, Alex’s family obviously treasure time spent together in the kitchen.
When Angie, one of the ladies that make the magic happen at SRC, and also queen of her own blog Big Bears Wife, sent me this month’s secret assignment, I admit to being momentarily stumped. Alex and I are chalk and cheese when it comes to food choices. Alex’s recipes tend to be heavily meat based. I am a vegan. I had to pick a recipe to trial and blog about, but I’m all about health and taste without animal products…What to do when faced with a challenge?…..become SOULUTION targeted. I clicked in and out of several recipes and landed upon Popcorn Balls. The ingredients list nearly had me running for the hills – butter, sugar, corn syrup!!! I hatched a plan to discover a way to make these grab and run, treats tasty, quick and GOOD for you.
I adore researching recipes online. Food bloggers are so creative! This can be especially true for vegan bloggers who think outside of the box. My poking and clicking unearthed a recipe I thought could use whilst (loosely) keeping to the theme. No, it is has no sugar, it is not even made out of corn BUT it is good. Very good. SO GOOD these badboys are now nipping at the heals of my TOP vegan snack of choice – the KALE chip!
I give you – Cheezy Cauliflower Popcorn! Yes…believe it.
Raw Food guru Philip McCluskey was the man who created this recipe and set of bloggers in their thousands to get them some movie snacks.
I kept them raw, but you can do raw-raw and baked too. They are such fun to make and are VERY moreish! Allow 1/2 head of cauliflower per person.
I borrowed my friend’s 8 year old to make these with me and their verdict was….’they’re epic!’ (seems to be the new buzz word…better than ‘sick’ I guess)
1 head of cauliflower
4 tbs nutritional yeast
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1. chop the cauliflower into small bitesize pieces (please do as I say and not as I did and made them too big….I thought I knew better. Lesson learnt!) and place into a zip lock bag or a plastic tub with a lid or deep sides.
2. add the oil and water to the bag and give it a good shake
3. next put in the seasoning and shake, shake, shake until the florets are covered and golden.
next – there are 3 ways to do this….
raw-raw – that’s it, you are finished and can snack at will
raw-put onto a paraflex sheet and dehydrate for 5-7 hours
baked – add an additional tbs of oil and pop into the oven for 20 mins.
Ingredient swaps – swap the nutritional yeast for ground nuts. swap the nutritional yeast for date syrup or maple syrup and ground nuts (grind your own in coffee grinder or high speed blender) so a sweet snack. Don’t swap, but add – flax meal when dehydrating – so nice, as the flax meal goes all crisp and nutty!