Parmesan Cauliflower “Popcorn” a healthy, tasty afternoon snack, go on just try it


cauliflower-popcorn-webWhat, no cake??  I know it’s Thursday and I usually do a sweet treat on Thursdays but for something a bit different this week, and way up there on the healthy scale, I thought we could try an afternoon snack of Parmesan Cauliflower “Popcorn” with some salty kale chips on the side.  Before suggesting this out here in blog land I did a taste test with my most critical critic and this is what she had to say about it…

cauliflower-popcorn-milly-webThis was before she lost another 2 teeth & we won’t tell her about the kale chips sticking to them because any praise from this one on food is high praise indeed!

Do you think yours will as receptive? This “popcorn” is quick and easy to make and I think would equally be nice as a lunch box snack or a warm afternoon tea.  The humble cauliflower is the bomb in my opinion,  while it may not be the prettiest of veggies it’s got lots of vitamin K in it which is good for bone health, so they say.  Sprinkled with parmesan you get a calcium boost too.  I added kale to this because I know she loves kale chips and wanted her to, you know, “just try it”.  Is that a constant refrain in your house? “You don’t have to like it but I want you to try it”?  It is here.

So how to make cauliflower into “popcorn”? Easy;

Preheat the oven to 180 C & prepare a baking tray.

Chop the cauliflower into bite sized florets (however much you want to make), drizzle with olive oil or ghee and grate about 1/4 C parmesan over the top.


Bake in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes giving the tray a shake a couple of times.

If you have room on the tray add the kale or put that on another tray, drizzle in oil, lots of grinds of sea salt and bake for 10 – 15 minutes turning once. (Kale chip recipe here if you need it)

The cauliflower will brown on the edges, it’s meant to. Remove from oven when cooked through.

Serve together in a bowl with the kale chips and there you have a quick and extremely healthy snack.

cauliflower-popcorn-ikea-webI thought that I’d just throw in an Ikea hack into the picture – Ikea fabric made into a table cloth that we pull out a kids party times.

If you are a cauliflower fan like me you may also like some of these recipes: cauliflower mash, cauliflower, chicken & leek soup, roasted cauliflower, broccoli & chickpea salad, chicken curry & cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza bases, warm lamb & cauliflower salad, cauliflower bolognaise or coconut, cauliflower & chickpea soup. Gosh looking at all those recipes listed like that I really do have a thing for cauliflower!

Will you give this a try?  Please let me know how it goes down


23 comments on “Parmesan Cauliflower “Popcorn” a healthy, tasty afternoon snack, go on just try it

  1. Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    May 28, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I wasn’t expecting it to be that easy! I’m impressed you little one likes kale chips – I think you’re doing OK there. How did the fairy met up IRL go? That was such a cute letter to the tooth fairy.

    • Vicki
      May 28, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      I’m sure there a fancier ways to do it but for quick & easy healthy treats this works just fine! I know they are fussy about other things but love kale chips, random kid logic again, must be the salt! Would you believe she lost a second tooth at dinner on the same day so there was so much excitement, she got a special note back and 2 gold coins so she was beside herself, fortunately enough to forget she requested a meet up!

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    May 28, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Ha ha! I’m always saying “you don’t have to like it but I want you to try it” to my husband! Luckily he loves cauliflower and parmesan so I’m totally going to try this out. Healthy and delicious nibbles for the win! This one is a cracker – bravo!

    • Vicki
      May 28, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you Sammie. So easy too! x

  3. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    May 29, 2015 at 10:28 am

    This is brilliant (and way healthier than my fave caramel popcorn lol!). Oooh those kale chips sound great too. We planted kale last year in our veggie garden and it just went totally nuts!!!

    • Vicki
      May 29, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Everything in moderation right!!!!! A bit of kale a bit of chocolate and all is good in the world!

  4. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    May 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Oh hellloooooo I am liking the idea of these very much! xx

    • Vicki
      May 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      I was delighted that they were a hit and I really liked them too.

  5. Elizabeth
    May 29, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    This looks delicious Vicki…. I’m loving my cauliflower bread, so this will be a good alternative 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Liz xx

    • Vicki
      May 29, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Cauliflower bread sounds good! x

  6. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    May 30, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Yes ,me, let me try this one out!!!

    • Vicki
      May 30, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Let me know how you go! x

  7. vegeTARAian
    May 31, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Oooeeee, this is great! I love a snackadoo and this looks like a perfect bowl of warm tasty goodness.

    • Vicki
      May 31, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you. x

  8. Bronnie - Maid In Australia
    June 1, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Yummy! I love cauliflower. Will have to give this a try next time it is on special. We like kale chips too.

    • Vicki
      June 1, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Hello! It’s so easy I hope you like them. x

  9. swah
    June 1, 2015 at 11:06 am

    What a fantastic idea! I am always on the hunt for more healthy and savoury snack options (to balance out all the cake I eat) and I’ll be making this for sure 🙂

    • Vicki
      June 1, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Thank you – loving your cakes too I must say! x

  10. Trish
    June 1, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I am so going to try it – I grated my cauliflower to make cauliflower rice – I love it’s versatility.

    • Vicki
      June 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      It’s a great veggie isn’t it – highly underrated!

  11. Jess - A Little Part of the World
    June 5, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I am so trying these. In fact, I have had this post open on my computer for days and literally bought a 1/2 cauliflower with the idea to trying this recipe. You are not alone.. the phrase you don’t have to like it but you do have to try it rings loud and often here. 🙂

    • Vicki
      June 5, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      I hope you all like it Jess. x

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