Whether you enjoy it in a patty or as a warm bowl, this dish is divine either way! Every bite is savory, tangy, with a hint of sweet. The hubs said it was his favorite thing I've ever made and he requests it almost every other day! This is excellent news for me me because it takes all of seven minutes to prepare.
The patties are super easy to make. But let's say you're running low on time. You have someone coming over to eat and you've only got 10 minutes to have hot food on the table. Rather than bake these in a patty, there's a second version (detailed below) to cook them stove top. Its not a patty, but it takes less than 1/2 the time and its equally as delicious. Lately, that's my preferred method. But I'll leave the cooking method up to you!
The Low Down:
This dish gets its name from the cooking of cauliflower. Studies indicate that cooked cauliflower acts to bind bile in your body. Binding bile is a great way to lower cholesterol. In fact, pharmaceutical drugs like Questran, Prevalite, Colestid, and Welchol are medications that bind bile together for the purpose of lowering LDL cholesterol. They are called bile acid sequestrants.
The way it works: When the bile is bound by consuming cooked cauliflower or one of the above pharmaceutical drug, it then gets excreted by the body. The liver in turn, takes cholesterol from the blood and uses it to produce the bile it just lost. Therefore, reducing blood cholesterol levels. Pretty cool, huh?
This is not to say that if you have high cholesterol cooked cauliflower alone or a bile acid sequestrant drug alone will do the trick. But if you ask me, cauliflower is a pretty easy, tasty, and side-effect free way to start. These 2 Cardio Curry dishes contain cooked cauliflower. So take 10 minutes and eat your self healthy.
- 2 cans chickpeas (organic, bpa-free can --always). Reserve liquid from one of the cans.
- half bag of frozen cauliflower
- 3 tablespoons curry powder (or more if you like it spicy)
- salt to taste
- 2 tsp acv
- 1/3 cup chopped parsley or basil
- 1 or 2 handfuls of currants
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a food processor or blender, blend everything but the greens and the currants. The consistency is up to you. Some like it chunky and some prefer it smooth.
Mix in the chopped parsley or basil and the currants. Taste and adjust batter to your liking.(FastTip: Depending on your blender or food processor you can pulse the greens into the batter, rather than chopping the greens by hand. Just be sure that they don't completely puree).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet and a light layer coconut oil.
- With two tablespoons form patties on the baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for roughly 20 minutes. When your toothpick comes out clean it's ready.
This is great served with more avocado or cashew cream. Enjoy it with a knife and fork or inside a sandwich. WARNING: These patties don't have the usual fillers in veggie burgers like starch or egg to hold them together. So while they are delicious, they are also super delicate. Handle with care.
The Even Faster Method
Follow steps 2-3 above.
4. Heat a saute pan to medium heat and add a tablespoon of coconut oil. Add the prepared batter from step 3 to the sauce pan and stir for about 5 minutes or until the batter is fully cooked.
5. This is great wrapped inside a collard green leaf, whole wheat tortilla, on your favorite slice of bread or as is in a bowl with a dollop of avocado.