CULINARY THRILL SEEKING — Cauliflower can turn into snacks
Published 12:03 am Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Cauliflower has gone from “steamed punishment” to being the “it” vegetable.
I’m late to the party, but completely on board.
I join millions of kids and some previously uninformed adults in a crunchy, textured THANK YOU to Lindsay Grimes Freedman. She takes cauliflower from happy hour to desserts in a cute little book where in image of this ever-appealing vegetable is raised and bumpy to the touch with a pink background. This publication, “Cauliflower Power: 75 Feel-Good, Gluten-Free Recipes Made With the World’s Most Versatile Vegetable” puts you in the mind of bunnies and unicorns and pajamas with feet. Never has this veg been so approachable.
Freedman puts cauliflower in strawberry ice cream, everything bagels, serves them with kale pesto and coffee cake and bacon-like bits and … I’m crazy for it . Who makes Tropical Kale and Cauliflower Popsicles? This lady. To my big thank you, I think I hear her whispering, “You’re welcome.”
Say the kids are in the back seat and want a snack. Green Snack Crisps anyone?
The world has changed, snack wise anyway. Harvest Snaps has new stuff and new looks for other stuff, all crunchy and flavorful. Farm direct baked peas are going into crunches flavored as sharp and creamy white cheddar. Black Bean Snack Crisps come in a smoky and spicy southern style barbecue. I’m all about that spice. Red Lentil Snack Crisps go tangy and zesty tomato basil.
Salad Toppers crisps are calling to me with chipotle and garlic butter flavors. Imagine that topping an on-the-go bowl of eating the rainbow. Crunch, baby.
What has more protein than two large eggs and cute little Paw Patrol pups on the label? It’s Luckbars, one of those all the good stuff and not the rotten stuff “crunchy moms” avoid. The deal is, they’re very much like the adult version, only little for little hands and sweeter tasting (though called low in sugar) and more like the “kid stuff” they’re used to. I sampled flavors such as Pirate Peanut Butter Chocolate and Strawberry Sandcastle. These are protein bars that won’t get sent back in the lunch box.
Darragh Doiron is a Port Arthur area foodie who — as an adult — loves cauliflower. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org