Recipe: Low-Carb Cauliflower 'Breadsticks' with Marinara Sauce

For a tasty appetizer you won't feel bad about, try making these cauliflower "breadsticks" with homemade marinara sauce. Cauliflower is super trendy right now and can cut a TON of carbs! Who'd have thought it was so versatile? PLUS, for two "breadsticks" you're only consuming 112 calories — and that includes the marinara! They are the perfect way to introduce your kids to cauliflower. If you have luck with this recipe, try making our Skinny Cauliflower "Alfredo" Sauce; cauliflower won't seem like such a scary veggie to the kiddos anymore.

Cauliflower “Bread” Sticks with Marinara Sauce

Cauliflower “Bread” Sticks with Marinara Sauce

Cauliflower “Bread” Sticks with Marinara Sauce

Cauliflower “Bread” Sticks with Marinara Sauce

Cauliflower “Bread” Sticks with Marinara Sauce

Cauliflower “Bread” Sticks with Marinara Sauce

Recipe: Low-Carb Cauliflower 'Breadsticks' with Marinara Sauce

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Yield: 5 servings
Serving size: 2 breadsticks + 2 heaping tablespoons sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pinch black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  2. To prepare the cauliflower: Core the cauliflower and cut off the florets. Using a food processor, work in batches and pulse the florets several times until the cauliflower reaches a coarse crumb consistency.
  3. Place the cauliflower in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out the excess moisture. There will be about ⅓ cup of liquid to squeeze out.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cauliflower, egg whites, basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and ¼ cup of the cheese. Mix together with a rubber spatula until thoroughly combined.
  5. Transfer the “dough” to the prepared baking sheet and using a rubber spatula, press the "dough" out into an 8x11-inch rectangle about a quarter-inch thick.
  6. Top with the remaining ¼ cup of cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. While the “breadsticks" are baking, prepare the marinara dipping sauce: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine all of the sauce ingredients together.

Nutrition Information
Per Serving: (2 breadsticks + 2 heaping tablespoons sauce)
Calories: 112
Calories from fat: 27
Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 15mg
Sodium: 443mg
Carbohydrates: 17g
Fiber: 9g
Sugar: 12g
Protein: 15g
SmartPoints: 4

The nutrition content of recipes on Popculture.com has been calculated by Registered Dietitian, Jessica Penner, of Smart Nutrition.