I have joined a new group called Crazy Ingredient Challenge. This group was started up by Jutta from Hungry Little Girl. This month's challenge was cauliflower and chocolate. When I first head these two combination I thought.... WHAT??? I am not a big cauliflower fan, I can eat it raw occasionally but not cooked. So, what was I going to do. I had been to a Dove Chocolate Tasting Party and bought some Sweet 'N' Spicy Cocoa Rub and also Roasted Chipotle Chocolate Salsa so thought I could use this as my chocolate part of the recipe.
My first idea was just to use the rub on the cauliflower. I was BBQing and thought this would be perfect. I sprinkled some EEVO and the rub on the cauliflower, placed it on the BBQ. Well, although it wasn't awful, it wasn't so great either... So back to the drawing board I went.
I did some searching for recipes with these two ingredients. I found lots of chocolate cake recipes with cauliflower... but they didn't interest me. I found recipes that you make cooked cauliflower and add cocoa.. tried that and didn't really like it. I am not sure how I even got onto some recipes for Quinoa Bites but I did and I had an Aha moment... I could do quinoa bites with cauliflower and the salsa and the recipe began.
Chocolate Cauliflower Quinoa Bites
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup cooked wild rice
1 cup cooked mashed cauliflower *(see note)
1/8 cup diced onions
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup greek yogurt - I used Chobani yogurt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix quinoa, wild rice, cauliflower, salsa, onions, egg, salt and pepper together. Place in mini muffin tins or drop from small cookie scoop. Sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese. Bake for 12 -15 minutes until golden brown.
For dip: Mix yogurt and cocoa rub.
* Notes: I cooked my cauliflower and then put it through the food processor.
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