November 7, 2014
Today I am going to show you how to make protein packed french fries! How you ask? Well lemme tell ya. We’re not going to use potatoes. We’re not going to deep fry. We’re going to use our trusty friend, the cauliflower, some Quest Protein Chips, and the brand new Quest Protein Powder! 1 serving is going to be 130 calories, 8g of protein, 9g of fat, and 3g of net carbs.
Before we get started, I just want to congratulate my fam at Quest for releasing their powder. As a fitness instructor and former bikini competitor, I’ve tried TONS of powders before. Many taste like chemicals. Like chalk. Like eew. But Quest’s vanilla flavor one tastes like a literal milkshake. Yea. And that’s just one scoop with just water. No milk or fruit or anything. I was super duper impressed. Quest is a company run by extremely passionate people who work really hard. I admire that a lot. So anyway, onwards to the recipe shall we?
Here’s what you’ll need:
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings)
1 head Cauliflower
1 TBS egg whites
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup coconut oil
STEP 1: Chop your cauliflower into quarters. Make sure it’s washed and the stem and leaves are all gone. Then put it through a food processor until it looks like rice!
STEP 2: Fill a large sauce pan 3/4 cup full of water and and bring it to a boil.
STEP 3: Take 1/2 cup of the riced cauliflower and place it in a strainer.
STEP 4: Submerge the strainer in the water with the cauliflower and let it sit for 2-3 minutes.
STEP 5: Take the boiled cauliflower out of the pot and place it on a stack of paper towels. Squeeze all the liquid out!
STEP 6: Take 2 bags of Quest Sea Salt Protein Chips and crush them! I actually opened a tiny slit at the top of the bag to let the air out, then I used a bottle to roll all over the chips while it was still in the bag. I don’t know about you, but this process was very therapeutic! I did this for about 2 minutes until the chips were a fine powder.
STEP 7: In a mixing bowl, mix 1/4 cup of the processed cauliflower, 1/4 cup of the boiled cauliflower, 1/3 cup of the powdered chips, 1 TBS of Quest multipurpose protein powder, 1 TBS egg whites, and 1/4 tsp salt together until it’s very thick.
STEP 8: Place your thick “dough” on a cutting board and flatten it til it’s about 1/4″ thick. Mine came out a tad thicker!
STEP 10: Heat 1 cup of coconut oil in a frying pan. I heated it on medium heat.
STEP 11: Place your fries in the oil and flip over once one side is golden brown. That’ll take about 30 sec.
STEP 12: I patted my down on a stack of paper towels to take out the excess oil. Then I sprinkled with some parmesan cheese! I felt like it was salty enough so I didn’t put extra salt on top.
These were sooooo good!!! Super crunchy on the outside yet soft on the inside. Because mine were thick, they resembled tater tots. Well, really long tater tots.
Yippee and quick selfie before I devour this. Don’t worry, I shared. Also, I was left over with a bunch of extra cauliflower. I may use it to make unfried “rice, a pizza crust, or more fries later this weekend.
And in case you’re curious, here is the back label of the protein powder.
24 g of protein for 100 calories is insane. Also note that I used the “baking protein” so it is pretty much flavorless. Love that they have this. Back in the day I would try to make protein pancakes and breads with vanilla flavored protein and it was always a little off. This powder is meant to act as regular flour. So it’s awesome! Can’t wait to make more stuff!!
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Have a lovely start to your weekend guys! I’ll see some of you San Diego POPsters tomorrow (Saturday) at 12pm at the La Costa 24 Hour Fitness. Free class even if you don’t have a membership. Bring your all. It’s gonna be fun!!!