Give your lunchtime sandwich a lower-carb and higher-protein makeover.

Karla Walsh
May 20, 2020
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From gnocchi and fried "rice" to cheddar bay biscuits and even smoothies, we're fond of finding new ways to sneak riced cauliflower into recipes for a vitamin and fiber boost. (Not to mention the gluten-free possibilities, if wheat doesn't agree with you.)

While we've mastered our own DIY cauliflower hamburger buns, we were still delighted to see one of the newest products just now hitting the Trader Joe's refrigerator section: Cauliflower Thins. Because some days, we can't bear to wash more dishes—especially when we've ramped up our cooking routine during the coronavirus pandemic.

Similar to flourless sandwich thins, @traderjolene compared these to TJ's version of Outer Aisle Gourmet's PLANTPOWER Sandwich Thins ($6.99 for six, outeraislegourmet.com).

Analyzing the two nearly identical, very short ingredient lists (cauliflower, eggs, Parmesan, skim milk, cheese cultures and yeast), that appears to be a fair assessment. Either the OA or the TJ version appears to be an ideal vessel for a gluten-free, lower-carb sandwich.

We plan to stock up on some of both for a very "scientific" taste test for breakfast and lunch sandwiches stuffed with pesto, mozzarella and egg, our famous BLAT (bacon, lettuce avocado and tomato) mixture, or even turkey meatballs and marinara.

Each package of the Trader Joe's Cauliflower Thins contains two "buns." Each thin has 100 calories, 5 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbs, an impressive 9 grams of protein and 15% of your daily dose of calcium. Snag these bad boys in the refrigerated section on your next TJ's run!