Cauliflower 2 Ways

Cauliflower 2 Ways

Move over Brussels sprouts, cauliflower is the new “it” vegetable. And there are plenty of reasons to love it. For starters, it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals—some of which are said to fight cancer. It’s also an affordable option in the grocery aisle, whether you choose fresh or frozen. Finally, it can be prepared a number of ways. For example, you may have pleased your palate with cauliflower pizza crust. Today, we’re looking at a couple of traditional preparation methods. Try one of these easy-as-can-be ways to introduce cauliflower to your regular menu.

Roasted Cheesy Cauliflower

This quick-and-easy side dish is a perfect complement to fish or pork entrees.

INGREDIENTS

1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
Cajun seasoning, to taste (optional)
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the Parmesan cheese and toss to coat. Place the coated mixture on the baking pan and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and return to cook for 5 minutes or until tender. Note: The Cajun seasoning provides a spicy version of this classic dish, and is optional depending on your preferred taste.

Smashed Cauliflower

Similar in texture and taste to mashed potatoes, this cauliflower version is a low-calorie, high-nutrient dish.

INGREDIENTS

3 cups chicken broth
1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
2-3 green onions, finely chopped (for garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook until tender (approximately 10 minutes). Drain the broth from the pot and place a lid on top. Allow the cauliflower to steam for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Use a potato masher or hand blender to mash the cauliflower until it reaches your desired texture. Top with green onions and serve warm. Note: For additional flavoring options, add in fresh rosemary or minced garlic.


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