Whoah! How scary looking is that popcorn? What kind of yellow is that? I don’t think that occurs naturally – it’s fluorescent! I’m glad I’m not eating THAT at the movies…
Popcorn and roasted nuts. My movie-munching staples. I should clarify, I don’t actually eat movies, but I MUST eat while watching them. And it must be crunchy. Don’t ask, I don’t know, it’s just how it is with me.
I’m off to the movies tonight, so I am dehydrating some nuts soaked in Braggs, but I really felt I needed popcorn. (Usually – when I’m not a total raw food princess – I pop my own and bring it in a Tupperware container. I bribe my son by letting him have lollies instead of evil cinema popcorn.) I remembered at some stage reading a recipe for cauliflower popcorn, so I went in search of the recipe.
Now a word of warning. Some raw food is real quick, blend it up and Shazam! But anything you have to dehydrate is SLOW! If you have to make ingredients sprout it’s even slower. I’ve been working on a raw pizza recipe for 3 days because I had to sprout the buckwheat for the base. (It’s so exciting though, they’re really sprouting! It’s like Grade 5 science all over again.) So if you want dehydrated nuts and popcorn for the movies, plan 24 hours ahead!
So the star of the show today is cauliflower. She made a brief appearance yesterday, but got so overshadowed by the pumpkin. It’s her turn to shine…
So what is good about cauliflower? I’m so glad you asked!
Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. It is a very good source of vitamin B5, potassium, dietary fibre, manganese, and molybdenum (I bet you think I made that up, I never heard of it either, it’s an essential element). Additionally, it is a good source of protein, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, and iron. (Thanks http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=13 for that info.)
Whoah! Is there a vegetable that is NOT a superfood? I’m consistently gobsmacked but how amazing vegetables are and WHY are we not eating them ALL the time?
If, like me, you don’t have a dehydrator (out of protest until they change that ridiculous name! Just kidding, can’t afford one yet!) set your oven (if it goes that low) to 55 degrees C or 115 degrees F for the same effect. The picture below shows raw popcorn, mine’s still dehydrating.
Trust me on this; it shrinks a LOT, so prepare way more than you think you need. I mean, about four times as much. It may be slim pickings for the two of us tonight! It tastes fine raw or dehydrated. It doesn’t look as pretty dehydrated, but it’s really yummy and crunchy.
(Recipe adapted from http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1527535)
2 cups cauliflower florets cut into small pieces
1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
A pinch of cayenne pepper
A few sprays of Braggs Amino acids
Put the cauliflower in a large ziplock bag and add in the nutritional yeast and other ingredients and shake it all up.
Can be eaten raw or dehydrated (12 hours at 115 degrees F)
The snacks are ready. Now we just have to decide on a movie!