Super Bowl Snack - No Carb "Popcorn"

I'm knee-deep in New Year's Resolution territory.  Since I have to be in a bathing suit in a few weeks, I'm not about to let a little thing like the Super Bowl get me off track.  I went searching for something that would satisfy the need to constantly be putting something in my mouth and not make me miss the wings and cheese dip the boys will be chowing down.  I found a recipe for cauliflower "popcorn" on the Dr. Oz website that looked promising. I mean, Dr. Oz knows everything, right? I made it exactly by the recipe but I really feel some modifications are in order.

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The recipe calls for 2 heads of cauliflower but I only used one for testing purposes.

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Separate florets into popcorn-sized pieces.

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Place florets in a bowl and toss with olive oil, hemp seeds, and ground black pepper to taste.

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My recipe tester wasn't convinced this was going to work.

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Spread cauliflower on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast in a 420° oven for 15-20 minutes.  I have a convection oven and mine had to cook for the whole 20 minutes.

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This is really just a side dish.  What I think it needs is spice, especially since there is no salt.  When I make it for the actual game day, I'm going to add some hot sauce to the olive oil and, since I'm not big on black pepper, some Tony Chachere's.

It's very filling and tasty but it won't fool anyone into thinking it's popcorn.

Especially this guy.  He wanted no part of it!


Cauliflower "Popcorn"

serves 1 continuous snacker

1 head of cauliflower, separated into small florets

1/2 tablespoon of hemp seeds

1/2 tablespoon of olive oil

Hot sauce to taste

Pepper to taste

Toss all ingredients in a bowl.  Spread on baking sheet and bake at 420° for 15-20 minutes.