crispy cauliflower

You know when it’s just not your day in the kitchen? Like when you burn the garlic and then a muffin tin falls on your foot from the highest shelf and then you try to make these really easy couscous cakes but there aren’t any eggs left so they turn into one giant, floppy, oily mess? Yeah. I love those days.

You’re wondering, “What does that have to do with cauliflower?” Well, because if it wasn’t for cauliflower, Manu and I wouldn’t have had dinner last night. Yes, friends, the most unexciting of vegetables instantly became the most delicious vegetable we have ever eaten. And we totally forgot about the couscous cakes in no time! The little white florets got all crispy-crunchy in the oven and the addition of a spritz of lemon juice brightened them up without destroying their smooth, wintry flavor. I was never a cauliflower eater, but now, my world has changed.




Crispy Cauliflower
Chop cauliflower into florets and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. (Crushed red pepper optional if you like a little spice.) Roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Stir every now and then so as not to burn the florets!


It was my culinary destiny to discover this gorgeous cauliflower, and you know what it taught me? To look on the bright side even when disaster strikes. Because the muffin tin on my foot, the burnt garlic and the ruined couscous cakes were a small price to pay in order to find this new treasure!

What foods or vegetables did you never eat before and now love?


13 comments:

  1. That looks delicious and I love that you used lemon juice for it. I mostly love all veggies but one that I recently fallen in love with is spinach. Have a great day, sweetie.

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  2. I KNOW those kind of days - they are upsetting and commical at the same time :)

    These look delish - and oh so easy - AND healthy! win win win win!

    Going to try them soon, but also would love you to post the recipe for the cous cous cakes if you try it again - sounds delish!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  3. I actually love cauliflower! But it makes me sick :( And geez, those days in the kitchen are like an everyday occurrence for me...I'm terrible!

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  4. Great idea! I love new ways to cook vegetables!

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  5. I do love cauliflower---but often don't use it. This I will definitely be trying--especially with the red pepper flakes. Sounds fantastic.

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  6. wow! i would have never thought to cook cauliflower like that! looks delicious! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  7. That sounds really good. I've never been a big cauliflower eater either, but I found out I like it the other day. Maybe not as much as you though, so I'll have to try it again soon!

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  8. another great recipe! i am going to try the chickpeas this weekend!

    xox
    Emily
    www.v-salt.com

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  9. Looks so good! yum, yummy. I gotta get out of my vegetable rut.

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  10. I'm gonna try this tonight! We got two heads of cauliflower in our CSA delivery this week and I can't figure out what to do with them other than the standard steaming.

    As far as veggies I now love, that would be brussel sprouts for me. I used to hate them with a passion. When the boyfriend and I started dating, he was convinced I would like them if I just tried them his way. Like a good Italian boy, he cooks them with plenty of olive oil and adds prosciutto. Oh.my.god. I crave them now and sometimes just eat a big bowl of them as my meal!! I hate to say it, but he was right.

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  11. Sounds delicious! I tend to forget about cauliflower.

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  12. I love love love cauliflower! My husband and I didn't even realized it until this past year, along with turnips and brussel sprouts. So good!

    I usually make cauliflower pretty the same way that you do, but sometimes I make mashed cauliflower instead, which is delicious too.

    xoxo,
    Joelle

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  13. I have these baking in the oven right now :) Can't wait!

    xxx
    Jenna

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thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, i love reading them so much!

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