Try as a might to eat paleoish (see how devoted I am to this eating style? I can't even type it without adding and "ish")(Yay me)(COMMIT GIRL, JUST COMMIT), there are a few things that stop me from going full boar.
Cupcakes. (Ohhhh, I do love cupcakes).
Gummy Bears (I mean, yes. I am a 40 year old woman. BUT GUMMY BEARS).
Potatoes. (Aren't potatoes, just so nice?)
And so, when living life permanently without french fries and tater tots and hashbrowns becomes unbearable, one does not give up. One simply sneaks them once in a while. And turns to cauliflower to fill in all the other gaps.
Because, CAULIFLOWER IS LIFE.
I didn't used to think so. Cauli was once of the lowest veggies in my book. (I do not have a veggie book. That would be weird.) But considering all of the potato-like things it can do, I have now elevated it to the status of: awesome.
Take, for instance hash browns.
Like, you will never need to eat a traditional hashbrown again.
Because you can simply GRATE CAULIFLOWER. Then hashbrown it all happy style.
Or better yet, GRATE CAULIFLOWER. Mix it with a few other favorite flavors, like ham and scallions and cheese. Then WAFFLE IT.
And then you will have these glorious WAFFLE IRON CAULIFLOWER HASHBROWNS.
(I don't know why I yelled that.)
(I mean, I'm super excited over here.)
(But the yelling was uneccesary.)
(And now, whispering in parenthesis? What is even today?)
I mean, YES.
You should make these.
I think so, and so does your face.
So I'm glad we had this little chat.
Waffle Iron Cauliflower Hash Browns
3 servings | 15 minutes
- 1 head cauliflower
- 2 eggs
- 1 large bunch scallions, finely diced
- 8 oz cubed ham
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2-3 Tbsp sharp cheddar (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
- fresh chopped cilantro, basil or parsley (for garnish)
Remove leaves from cauliflower. Use a cheese grater to grate the florets and stems into a pile of shavings (you can also use a veggie peeler, or food processor for grating into "flakes"). Transfer grated cauliflower to bowl, stir in eggs, scallions, ham, olive oil, cheddar, salt and pepper. Spoon about 1/2 cup into the center of a well-greased waffle iron, heated to medium-high heat. Cook until golden brown. Gently remove from iron with a fork and spatula. Garnish and enjoy! (These taste extra lovely with a dollop of sour cream or plain coconut milk yogurt up top, FYI!)