Low Carb Cauliflower Tots Recipe!

Low Carb Cauliflower Tots Recipe!

Tater tots are awesome.  Something about that little cylinder of chopped potatoes, deep fried to a golden brown has always made me happy.  Whether they were on that grade school lunch tray or in my Sonic order, they were always my go to side dish for my hamburger.  Sure, every once in a while I had an onion ring or two but those delicious tots were always my first love.

Now that I’m getting rid of the carbs and sugar from my life, I had pretty much resigned myself to never having tots again.  I was sad but with how quickly the weight is coming off I figured I could deal with it.  But then I started experimenting with cauliflower and figured out there is a way to get that tasty tot flavor without any of the carbs!  It took a few batches to get the recipe down but now I have an awesome alternative that has none of those pesky carbs that have filled my life with fat and pain.  This recipe is also good for Paleo, vegan, vegetarian and whole food diets so dig in!

Start with a half a head of Cauliflower

I make my tots a half a head of cauliflower at a time and it makes more than enough for 3 people.  You can use a full head if you have more to feed but I am always surprised at how far the cauliflower goes.

 

Cut the cauliflower into small enough pieces to fit in your food processor and shred it into small pieces.  If you don’t have a food processor, you can get one here or just hand shred it with a cheese grater.  You could probably use the exercise. 🙂

Steam the Shredded Cauliflower for 5 Minutes

Throw the shredded cauliflower in a steamer pot and steam it for about 5 minutes.  You don’t want it real soft but definitely cooked.  If you steam it a little longer, you’ve got a great cauliflower rice dish you can use as a side.

Mix all ingredients in bowl

In a bowl, add an egg, 1/2 a finely diced onion, 1/2 cup of almond meal and about 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper.  If you like your tots spicy, you can throw in a little finely diced jalapenos if you want.  Mix it all up until uniform.  No need to throw it in a mixer, a few stirs with a wooden spoon will be plenty.

Scoop out cauliflower mix and shape

To make the tots a uniform size, I used a teaspoon to scoop out the mixture, then scoop the mix out of the spoon with your fingers and shape it into the shape of a tater tot as best you can.

Place in pan and bake on 350 for 30 minutes

Put them in a greased pan and cook on 350° for about 30 minutes until firm.  Use a spatula to scoop them off and serve with some sugar free ketchup.  It’s so good!

Enjoy those tots!

Low Carb Cauliflower Tots
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 Servings
 
Now you can enjoy tater tots without all those carbs!
Ingredients
  • ½ head Cauliflower
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Almond Meal
  • ½ Onion, finely diced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Shred ½ a head of Cauliflower and steam for 5 minutes
  2. Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix thoroughly until uniform
  3. Scoop out 1 Tbsp sized bits of cauliflower mix and shape to look like tots
  4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes until firm

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Sugar Free Recipe: How to Make Beet Chips!

Sugar Free Recipe: How to Make Beet Chips!

I am always on the lookout for new ways to eat veggies.  Sometimes the selection at my local farmer’s market or Walmart produce aisle can get a bit narrow and I want to do something different with what’s available.  I remembered in the back of my mind that a couple years ago I saw someone somewhere making chips with beets and thought that sounded a bit interesting so I wanted to give it a try.  (Upon further research, I’m pretty sure it was The Minimalist Baker’s post I saw but I can’t be sure.)

It took me a few tries to figure out exactly how to do it.  I found the key is to cut the beet just absolutely paper thin.  In fact, I had to order a Mandoline Slicer from Amazon because my knife skills weren’t up to the task.  Once I got that, it all came together pretty quickly, although occasionally I had to turn the broiler on the last few minutes of the cook time to get the edges crispy like I like.

I was happy to find out that beets are high in Vitamin C, Potassium, Manganese and the B vitamin folate.  They also turn your urine pink which is no big deal if you are expecting it but it can come as a bit of a shock if you are still wiping the sleep out of your eyes and when you look down, it looks like your toilet bowl is fighting breast cancer.

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Beet Chips Recipe
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Recipe type: Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Side Dish
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A quick and simple way to make a low carb crispy snack
Ingredients
  • 1 Beet
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp chopped Thyme
  • ½ Tsp chopped Rosemary
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 375°
  2. Slice Beet into paper thin slices (I use a Mandoline Slicer)
  3. Place on baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil
  4. Season with salt and herbs
  5. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until edges are curled and slices are crispy

Sugar Free Recipe: How to Make Beet Chips!

Sugar Free Butternut Squash Recipe!

Sugar Free Butternut Squash Recipe!

Butternut Squash was something that was never really on the menu growing up and because of that, it was never on the menu for my family once I was in charge of the cooking.  In fact it was a bit intimidating at the grocery store because it looked like something a bit exotic and difficult to cook.  That all changed a few years ago when I decided to pick one up and just see what I could do with it.  It took a few tries to find something I could do with it that my kids would like but eventually we settled on a cinnamon-nutmeg mixture that was easy to make and tasted wonderful.  I hope you like it as well!

If you decide to make this for your family, please send me a picture.  I’d love to feature it on my blog or Instagram page.  Also remember to subscribe to my Youtube channel or daily email to never miss a recipe.  Please enjoy!

 

Sugar Free Butternut Squash
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My quick and delicious Butternut Squash recipe with no added sugar
Ingredients
  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • ½ Stick Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • ¾ Tbsp Nutmeg
  • 1 Tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Peel Butternut Squash and cut into 1" Squares
  2. Place squares in pan, add butter in 1 Tsp pieces
  3. Sprinkle Spices over top of squash
  4. Bake in preheated oven on 375° for 30 minutes until fork slides through squash

 

Sugar Free Cucumber Dill Salad Recipe!

Sugar Free Cucumber Dill Salad Recipe

I always looking for ways to fresh veggies on my family’s plates in new and tasty ways.  This Cucumber Dill Salad is incredibly flavorful and doesn’t use any mayo (which normally has sugar in it) or any kind of sugar or other sweeteners.  Just simple ingredients that can be prepared in about 10 minutes to make a wonderful side dish for any meal.

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Sugar Free Cucumber Dill Salad Recipe
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 Servings
 
A tasty summer salad recipe!
Ingredients
  • 1 Cucumber
  • ½ Purple Onion
  • 2 Tbsp Dill, Finely Chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tsp Lime Juice
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut ends off cucumber and cut in length lengthwise twice
  2. Slice Cucumber into ¼" Wedges
  3. Cut Onion Julianne
  4. Combine all ingredients in bowl and stir until evenly coated by yogurt
  5. Chill and serve

 

Sugar Free Fire Roasted Salsa Recipe!

Sugar Free Fire Roasted Salsa Recipe!

I’m so excited to share my recipe for Fire Roasted Salsa with you this week!  Once you start removing sugar from your diet, you start realizing that there are a bunch of types of food that are difficult to find replacements for.  You would think it would just be desserts but condiments are very difficult to come by.  The first several months I think mustard was pretty much the only option available.  I don’t even like mustard!

So I very quickly had to come up with a salsa that was was easy to make, stored well and tasted awesome.  After a few batches I finally came up with a recipe that I now eat on almost everything.  In fact I couldn’t imagine my morning eggs without it!  It’s also vegan, vegetarian, soy free, gluten free, and dairy free as well as being sugar free so pretty much anyone can enjoy it.  You can find a list of other Sugar Free Condiments at the Grocery Store here.

If you happen to make a batch, send me a picture.  I would love to see it!

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Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: Latin
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Serves: 1 Quart
 
I'm so excited to share my recipe for Fire Roasted Salsa with you this week! Once you start removing sugar from your diet, you start realizing that there are a bunch of types of food that are difficult to find replacements for. You would think it would just be desserts but condiments are very difficult to come by. The first several months I think mustard was pretty much the only option available. I don't even like mustard! So I very quickly had to come up with a salsa that was was easy to make, stored well and tasted awesome. After a few batches I finally came up with a recipe that I now eat on almost everything. In fact I couldn't imagine my morning eggs without it! It's also vegan, vegetarian, soy free, gluten free, and dairy free as well as being sugar free so pretty much anyone can enjoy it. If you happen to make a batch, send me a picture. I would love to see it!
Ingredients
  • 3 tomatoes
  • ½ yellow onion
  • ½ purple onion
  • 1 Green Onion
  • 3 bell peppers, any color
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper
  • 1 Lime
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Cumin
Instructions
  1. Cut stem spot out of tomatoes
  2. Cut tops of bell peppers and throw seeds away
  3. Cut top off Jalapeno
  4. Place all tomatoes and peppers on grill over open flame
  5. Turn when brown on bottom, about 10 minutes on each side. Brown on all sides
  6. Alt: Place in oven on 325 for 10 minutes on each side until brown on all sides
  7. Place all grilled vegetables in food processor, pulse until chopped
  8. Place chopped vegetables in bowl, add cilantro, spices and squeeze lime into bowl, stir
  9. Serve immediately or chill before serving

 

Delicious Slow Cooker Okra and Tomato Sugar Free Recipe!

Slow Cooker Sugar Free Tomato & Okra Recipe

I absolutely love okra.  I grew up eating it in gumbo, my dad always had a jar of pickled okra in the fridge, fried okra always went with the fried chicken and a can of okra and tomatoes was a common side dish.

So I thought I’d try my hand at an okra and tomatoes recipe and was so happy with how it turned out.  I used fresh okra but if you can only find frozen, that should work also just don’t get the breaded kind.  Also beware of over-cooking, my first batch was allowed to simmer overnight and was almost completely liquid.  Also beware of the tomato sauce because sometimes they like to add a little sugar to the recipe.  Just check the recipes and make sure it’s just tomatoes and possibly salt.

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Cuisine: Southern
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Serves: 4
 
A super easy and delicious Okra and Tomatoes recipe that you can throw in the slow cooker and go!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Okra, sliced in ¾" pieces (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 can of Tomato Sauce (Be sure there is no sugar in the sauce)
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves diced garlic (or a spoonful of jarred diced garlic)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in Slow Cooker
  2. Cook at Medium setting for 4-6 hours until okra is soft, stirring occasionally

 

My Easy Sugar Free Taco Seasoning Recipe!

ugar Free Taco Seasoning Recipe

Taco seasoning was another one of those little things I didn’t expect to have such a problem finding in a sugar free variety.  I mean, it’s taco seasoning!  Who wants sugar in their tacos?  Apparently I did because the brand I had been buying for years had sugar in the ingredients list so I had to do a little experimenting to find one that was right for me.  So, the level of spice something has is absolutely crucial in my house because my wife doesn’t like anything spicy.  Over our marriage I’ve acclimated her to some degree to heat in her food but I think she just endures it instead of enjoying it like I do.  So this was what we finally came up with, not too spicy but with a hint of heat.  Of course if you like some spice, add a little more red pepper and you’ll be fine.

As for storage, we have the little tiny Rubbermaid containers that are too small for any actual food so it works perfectly for my taco seasoning.  It just stays on the counter mixed in with my other spices so it’s always within easy reach.  Also, I’ve found that it is a much more versatile spice than just tacos as I’ve been using it on a lot of different ground meat dishes and have been happy with how they turned out.

Hope you like it as well!

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Recipe type: Spice
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MY Super Tasty Sugar Free Taco Seasoning Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1½ tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix

 

Sugar Free Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Sugar Free Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Sugar Free Banana Ice Cream Recipe

I’m a fan of desserts.  In fact, when a skinny person tells me something like “I don’t like desserts” or “I don’t ever eat chocolate” I immediately distrust them.  What kind of crazy person doesn’t like chocolate!?

So as you might imagine, finding sugar-free desserts is a little difficult but so far I’ve had good luck with my dessert experimentations.  For the first few weeks, my “go-to” snack was popcorn.  (Popped in coconut oil, sprinkled with a little salt and Garlic powder.  So good!)  Fortunately, I found out that you can freeze bananas and make a very tasty “Ice-Cream” with them.  To freeze bananas easily, peel and place in Ziploc bag.  Freeze on a flat surface

If you REALLY want to blow your socks off, combine this recipe with my Sugar Free Berries and Cream recipe and eat up!

Sugar Free Banana Ice Cream Recipe
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Cuisine: Sugar Free Recipe
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This is a super tasty Sugar Free Banana Ice Cream Recipe!
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup Whole MIlk
  • Tsp of Grape-Nuts
Instructions
  1. Put frozen bananas in blender or food processor (Some juicers will work also)
  2. Pour in milk and blend until creamy
  3. Don't over blend because you will melt the bananas
  4. Serve in bowls, sprinkle Grape-Nuts on top for a little crunch
Notes
To freeze bananas, peel and place in ziploc bag. Freeze on flat surface.

 

Sugar Free Berries and Cream Recipe

Sugar Free Berries and Cream Recipe

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So my little journey to the Sugar Free side of the culinary world has been much easier than expected.  It’s amazing how little I miss the things I used to love.  The one thing I was worried about was the occasional dessert.  I knew the old way of eating desserts was off the table (who needs to eat entire pints of Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream anyway?) but I knew I wanted something sweet sometimes.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Sugar Free Berries and Cream Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Sugar Free
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A delicious added Fructose-Free dessert
Ingredients
  • ½ pint of Strawberries
  • ½ pint of whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons of Splenda or Xylitol
Instructions
  1. Cut Strawberries up into slices
  2. Place strawberries into small tupperware, add 1 tablespoon of dextrose, shake gently to coat strawberries
  3. Place in refrigerator and let sit for at least 4 hours
  4. Pour whipping cream into cold mixing bowl
  5. Add remaining Dextrose (You may want to start with one tbsp and adjust sweetness as needed)
  6. Whip with wire whisk until firm (You are looking for firm peaks but if you over-beat it will get lumpy and turn to butter)
  7. Place Strawberries in serving bowl, top with whipped cream.

 

 

Sugar Free Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Sugar Free Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

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One of the more shocking things I learned as I started my Sugar Free journey was that is is pretty much impossible to buy bread without added sugar or HFCS.  I never thought of bread as sweet or needing to be sweet to be good but then I learned that the yeast needs sugar in order to rise.  So I was in a bit of a quandary, I want bread but not sugar.  What’s a guy to do?  Fortunately my answer came in the back of one of the first books I read to start me on this journey, Year Without Sugar.  I don’t have a mixer so it was a bit tricky to do.  (I have since ordered a mixer from Walmart but they are apparently walking it over to me from Bentonville.  What takes 2 weeks to be delivered anymore?  When will Walmart get the Amazon drones?)

I had to modify the original recipe somewhat for taste and because the original cook time given wasn’t nearly enough.  This makes a very tasty wheat bread with a crunchy crust and soft middle.  It’s a bit dry-ish but since i almost always eat my sandwiches with a little mustard, it doesn’t bother me.  I would recommend you get a bread slicer guide if you don’t already have one.  Click the Read More link after the Recipe to see more.

This was one of the first recipes to appear on my site when I was focused primarily on avoiding Fructose, that’s why the Barley Malt Syrup and Dextrose are in the ingredients when they are both sugars, they just don’t contain any fructose.  So technically this is a Fructose Free Wheat Bread Recipe, not necessarily sugar free.  I’m sorry about any confusion.

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Sugar Free Wheat Bread
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Recipe type: Sugar Free Bread
Cuisine: Bread
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Sugar Free Wheat Bread
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 3 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1½ Tablespoons Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ½ Cup Barley Malt Syrup (Look at Whole Foods or Health Food Stores. Can Substitute ¾ Cup Dextrose)
  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 5 Cups All-Purpose Flour
Instructions
  1. Pour Oats and Boiling Water into Large Bowl (Bowl of a Mixer if you have one) Let sit for 1 hour
  2. Add Yeast, Salt, Olive Oil, and Barley Malt. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Add Whole Wheat Flour, continue to stir.
  4. Stir in 2 Cups of flour
  5. Stir in 2 more cups of flour, a half-cup at a time. If you are hand-stirring, it's easier about 3 cups in to just take the lump of dough out of the bowl and work it with your hands
  6. Place dough on floured surface and knead. Add final cup of flour in as it gets sticky. Knead for about 5 minutes
  7. Put back in bowl and allow to rise for an hour
  8. Cut dough in half and place in 2 buttered loaf pans. Let rise for another 30 minutes.
  9. About 15 minutes into this final rise, preheat your oven to 375 degrees
  10. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes
  11. Remove and let sit for a few minutes before turning them out on a rack to cool
  12. Slice and serve

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