Thursday, July 23, 2009

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

I realize it's summer and most of you don't want to turn on the oven. I can get with that; it's hot outside. I realize it's the season of salads with fresh vegetables and light dressings. I can get with that, too; there are few things better than a fresh-from-the-garden tomato, dripping with sun-ripened goodness. But sometimes I need a bit more sustenance than a salad provides. Sometimes I need something little more filling to follow me to the couch on a Friday night filled with last season's episodes of Friday Night Lights. Most of the time I can fill that need with pasta - but not a wintry, saucy, meaty pasta. I have to lighten it up; it is summer afterall.

Enter cauliflower.

Roasted Cauliflower

I really like cauliflower, and I always have. It was my childhood veggie-tray treat of choice, dipped in the prerequisite ranch dressing. And you'll always find it on my salads. Until the last few years, however, it was always a cold accompaniment to my plate. Luckily I now know it's lovely roasted, just as so many other vegetables are. Toss it with some olive oil and crank up the oven (only for a short time, I promise), then toss it with some pasta and Parmesan and you're good to go. (But don't forget a splash of olive oil. And lemon juice.)

Roasted cauliflower and pasta, with a side of Tim Riggins. Now that's one Friday night I could get used to.

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower by Simply Recipes.

Two years ago: Home-Canned Tomato Sauce

Bonus! Deborah says cauliflower is good for us, too. So glad to hear it. Aren't you?

5 comments:

  1. Nice looking roasted cauli flower...love the brownish on it, the addition of the color make it very tempting...yummie!

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  2. Sounds great. I like cauliflower steamed with cheese sauce but roasting is something that I do believe I will try. Thanks for the recipe

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  3. If this'll get the new season of FNL to my TV sooner, I'm on board. Okay - I'm on board either way but really, anything for FNL.

    Speaking of which, great minds must think alike because I went looking to see when the new season starts... and well, prepare to be disappointed. NBC's website says summer... 2010! UGH Will roasted cauliflower and re-runs tide us over until then?

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  4. We were recently at a friends wedding and the chef did all of the veggies grilled as opposed to boiled. They were excellent. Grilling them can give them a whole different flavor to enjoy.

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  5. Gosh does that photo look delicious! I am enjoy cauliflower and your photo makes me want some for breakfast!

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