This week has been ridiculously cold. To the point where I have been rather unproductive; my survival instincts have taken over and I rather curl up in a ball under the covers than do homework. Unfortunately, my professors didn’t get the memo 😦
The only comfort I got was the space heater in my basement. My brother and I would come home from school, crank the heater on high and sit in front of it until our skin literally turned red. That is, until this week when it no longer turned on. Apparently my dad did get the memo (the bill) that we were using it and he shut off the heater 😦 😦
And so, to mentally escape the cold, I am posting a rather tropical recipe today. Hey, if I can’t live in Hawaii right now, I can pretend with food, right?
(The answer to that is a resounding “yes”).
Cauliflower Hawaiian Balls (Paleo)
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 cup pineapple, divided
2 tbsp cilantro
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup bell pepper (any color), chopped into small pieces
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup precooked ham, chopped into small bits
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and oil a baking sheet.
In a food processor, process cauliflower until it resembles rice. Add in egg, a 1/2 cup of the pineapple, cilantro, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and process until evenly mixed.
Transfer cauliflower mixture to a bowl and mix in bell pepper, the rest of the pineapple, shredded coconut, and ham.
Roll into small balls (I get anywhere from 35-40 balls) and place on baking pan.
Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from tray (NOTE: Use a spatula for removal- it gets until the Hawaiian balls and lifts them with leaving anything behind).