December 23, 2012

Roasted Cauliflower

I've previously tried purple and white cauliflowers and added them to my new veggie list. I did also try orange cauliflower earlier this year in my quest to try new and interesting veggies but somehow I forgot about adding it to the list. So here it is ... New Veggie #61 - Orange Cauliflower.  

Oven Roasted Cauliflower
Prep Time: 30 min

Ingredients (2 Servings): 
  1. One head of Orange Cauliflower (about 2 cups of florets). 
  2. 3 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  3. 1 tbsp McCormick's Steak Seasoning*
  4. 1/2 tsp Smoked Chipotle Pepper powder.
Preheat oven to 425 F. Rinse the cauliflower under running water. Remove stems and cut the head into approximately equal sized pieces. Save any small pieces that fall off as well (don't discard). Rinse the florets under running water in a colandar. Put remaining 3 ingredients in a gallon sized zip-lock bag. Add drained (but still wet) cauliflower pieces, including any small pieces to the bag. Close and toss everything together to evenly coat the cauliflower with the spices. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray (very light, just enough to prevent sticking). Spread large pieces in a single layer and roast uncovered for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven, turn each piece with a pair of tongs, and return to the over for another 10-12 min. When the second session is about half-way done, remove the baking sheet from the oven and add the crumbly pieces to the spread those out evenly on the tray. Return to the oven. Roast until the smaller pieces begin to brown and the larger pieces start to caramelize (about 5-6 min). Serve warm, as a side, or as the main dish, with some toasted bread or baguette slices.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving): Calories 70.0, Total Fat 0.6g, Total Carbs 10.4g (Dietary Fiber 4.9g, Sugars 3.0g) and Total Protein 8.3g.

My Assessment: For being only 70 calories per serving, we didn't feel guilty having HUGE servings on both our plates. I've always loved cauliflower, as I grew up eating the white variety. My achievement of the day, I made my DH try it and although he has previously almost gagged at the mention of eating cauliflower, he actually liked this preparation and LOVED it!!! :) 

* Ingredients of McCormick's Steak Seasoning, just in case you don't have access to the blend - Coarse (Sea) salt and spices including black and red pepper, garlic, some sunflower oil and a hint of paprika). 

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