Cauliflower spinach jalapeño balls – vegan or cheesy

In an effort to clean out my frig before I was leaving town this week, I searched the web for a recipe using cauliflower, spinach and jalapeños.  I had more of an appetizer in mind, that I could serve the non-vegans and I really couldn’t find anything.  So I came up with the following recipes, that were a big hit with my girlfriends.  I’m offering two versions here, cheesy and vegan.  These recipes will have everyone eating more veggies!

Vegan Cauliflower Spinach Jalapeño Balls

Vegan Cauliflower Spinach and Jalapeno

1 head cauliflower

1 bag spinach

3 jalapeños – seeds removed

1 medium onion

Equivalent of 2 eggs/egg replacer

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

Salt & Pepper

1/2 cup vegan mayo

1/2 cup vegan parmesan

1 cup almond flour

Coconut Oil for frying (if baking, no oil needed)

 

Cheesy Cauliflower Spinach Jalapeño Balls

1 head cauliflower

1 bag spinach

3 jalapeños – seeds removed

1 medium onion

1 egg

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

Salt & Pepper

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 cup parmesan

1/2 cup cream cheese

1 cup almond flour

Coconut Oil for frying (if baking, no oil needed)

 

Start by roughly chopping cauliflower head into large piece, boil for 20 minutes or until easily poked with a fork.  Drain in colander and mash with the bottom of a coffee mug, …I know this might sound weird but it’s an easier alternative to using a food processor and then cheese cloth to squeeze the liquid out of the cauliflower.  Chop spinach, jalapeños and onion, sauté briefly.  In a large bowl mix your ingredients(no flour), form the mixture into balls or patties, roll in almond flour and fry in coconut oil or bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.

*I used almond flour because I am reducing the amount of white carbs in my diet and it’s a good additional source of protein.  Feel free to use fresh garlic or other veggies like artichokes and olives to customize.

 

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