Kids and adults alike will love these ooey-gooey gluten-free "bread" sticks made with antioxidant packed cauliflower and calcium + protein rich cheese. Serve with marinara sauce for the ultimate healthy snack or meal!
1cupshredded cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheesedivided use
1teaspoondried Italian seasoning
Veggie-Packed Tomato Sauce (recipe in the Natural Baby Food Cookbookor your favorite marinara sauce for serving
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Remove the outer leaves form the cauliflower and cut it into florets. Place the florets in the blow of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped (it should look like rice).
Transfer the cauliflower to a microwave-safe dish or bowl. Cover and cook in the microwave for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can steam the cauliflower in a steamer basket, or bake it in the oven at 375 degrees F fr 20 minutes.
When the cauliflower is cool, transfer it to a bowl lined with a kitchen towel or cheesecloth. Bring the ends of the cloth together and squeeze as much liquid out of the cauliflower as you can. Transfer the cauliflower to a mixing bowl and add the eggs,1/2 cup cheese, Italian seasoning, salt , and pepper. Mix to combine.
Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Form the dough into a rectangle about 8 x 12 inches and 1/4-inch thick. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cooked. Remove the baking sheet and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese over the top. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
Cut into 16 breadsticks. Serve with tomato sauce for dipping.
*For a super quick version of this Cauliflower Cheesy Bread, use pre-chopped cauliflower rice in a bag. You can find it in the fresh or frozen section of many grocery stores. Simply pour into a microwave-safe bowl, microwave according to instructions, and proceed with the rest of the recipe.