Confession: I love snacks. As a kid, I asked for my “afternoon snack” as soon as I walked in the door. My favorite snacks were crackers, popcorn and chips & cheese (tortilla chips topped with melted shredded cheese). As an adult, I still love my afternoon snacks, but I try to be more mindful of what I’m eating and opt for healthier snacks. Riding the light rail train home from work last week, I found myself craving roasted cauliflower. ROASTED CAULIFLOWER. My 8-year-old self would be horrified.
Cauliflower was a vegetable I didn’t discover until adulthood. I never had it as a kid and I assumed the pale white vegetable would be bland, like an enormous, flavorless head of broccoli. My first exposure to cauliflower was a sad attempt at gluten free pizza crust, and I was less than impressed. Cauliflower was for people on low carb diets, so I kept my carbs and bought other veggies, until there was such a great deal on cauliflower at the grocery store, I decided to give it another chance.
GUYS. I was so wrong about cauliflower. So very wrong. Roasted and seasoned to perfection, it’s a delicious side dish or a craveable afternoon snack. And best of all, it is incredibly easy to make. Cut your cauliflower into florets (check out this video for tips), toss in a little olive oil and some spices, then spread onto a baking sheet and roast. So simple, so delicious.
- 1 medium head of cauliflower
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp pizza seasoning
- salt and pepper
- Cut cauliflower into bite size florets and rise thoroughly.
- In a large bowl, toss florets with olive oil and pizza seasoning. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread cauliflower evenly on a large baking sheet. Use a silicon mat to prevent sticking.
- Roast at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes, or until tender. Halfway through, remove pan from oven and toss cauliflower to prevent burning.
- Let cool and enjoy!
My favorite is roasted cauliflower with pizza or Italian seasoning, but cauliflower is a great vehicle for just about any savory flavor. Our other go to flavors are:
-Rosemary and Garlic*
-Curry (teaspoon of curry powder and a dash of cinnamon)
-Taco (toss with your favorite taco seasoning)
-Herbes de Provence
*We always use fresh minced garlic instead of garlic powder. To avoid burning, make sure the garlic is actually sticking to the cauliflower. Sometime the garlic “falls off” when I transfer the cauliflower to a baking sheet, so I always double check and re-stick the garlic to the cauliflower florets as needed.
We’ve also discovered roasted cauliflower goes perfectly with roasted carrots. The cooking time is very similar, and lately I’ve been serving carrots and cauliflower to bring a little more color and variety to our table. We usually stick to rosemary and minced garlic, since pizza seasoning doesn’t pair quite as nicely with carrots.
After buying 3 heads of cauliflower at the store last week (yes, I am that person), I’ve enjoyed roasted cauliflower almost every day this week, but I’m looking for new ways to prepare my new-favorite vegetable. What are you favorite cauliflower recipes?