I’m not sure anything I write about roasted cauliflower can do it justice. Perhaps it’s enough to tell you that I ate this with my fingers, popping the cumin and coriander-spiced florets into my mouth faster than a teenaged girl pops M&Ms after a bad breakup. What is typically considered a side dish became an afternoon snack. But I had competition for these tender, golden brown morsels – he’s 7 and he has a penchant for veggies. Did I ever mention that, as a baby, my son’s skin started to turn orange from eating too many helpings of pureed sweet potatoes and carrots? What’s worse is that I didn’t even notice until a friend pointed it out to me. What do you mean that’s not a natural skin color? Not one of my finer maternal moments.
Over the past week, I have been craving healthy meals. Well, besides those Peach Crumb Bars and my son’s chocolate cake. I’m pretending that those don’t count. Humor me. Aside from those indiscretions, my cravings led me to make several vegetarian dishes, including Black Bean Cakes, Mushroom & Cannellini Ragout and a batch of my Crockpot Chickpea Stew with Caramelized Onions. Cauliflower became the next target.
Roasting cauliflower lends a nutty flavor to this otherwise mellow-tasting vegetable and transforms it from a vegetable that often sits on the bottom of the vegetable list to one that is positively irresistible. This recipe requires a minimal amount of ingredients and only a few minutes of active prep time. Simply toss the cauliflower in a mixture of olive oil and spices, and then let the oven do the rest of the work.
Several people have asked about the cooking segment I did on the local news on Wednesday. Well, here are the links (sorry, you have to sit through about 10 seconds of ads before each link starts). You can find the recipe for the Spicy Black Bean Dip with Roasted Red & Chipotle Peppers.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Cut one medium head of cauliflower into florets, about 1 1/2-inches each. Transfer the florets to a baking sheet.
In a small bowl, stir together olive oil, ground cumin, ground coriander and kosher salt.
Pour the olive oil mixture over the cauliflower and, using your hands, toss to coat the cauliflower.
Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and roast the cauliflower, turning occasionally, until it is tender and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve.
Other cauliflower recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Ginger, Jalapeno & Coconut Brown Rice with Cauliflower
Cookin’ Canuck’s Sage & Gorgonzola Cauliflower Soup
Indian Simmer’s Aloo Gobhi (Potato & Cauliflower)
No Recipes’ Farro & Roasted Cauliflower Salad
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
- 1 (2 1/2 lb.) head cauliflower
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Cut cauliflower into florets, about 1 1/2-inches each. Transfer the florets to a baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, stir together olive oil, ground cumin, ground coriander and kosher salt.
- Pour the olive oil mixture over the cauliflower and, using your hands, toss to coat the cauliflower.
- Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and roast the cauliflower, turning occasionally, until it is tender and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve.