It’s March and I’ve been starting to feel like Spring is just around the corner. Of course, those of us who live in Southern Ontario know better. It already snowed this week and it’s likely going to snow again once or twice before the month is over.
In the meantime, there are still some decent options for wintertime veggie eating. I’m trying to mix things up though, with the vegetables, so that we don’t get bored at this time of year. In fact, I’ve been taking advantage of the still slightly chilly weather to do a lot of vegetable roasting.
There isn’t a veggie out there (ok.. maybe the cucumber) that wouldn’t benefit from roasting and the cauliflower is no exception. Other than dousing the whole thing in cheese sauce, roasted cauliflower is the only way the kiddos in this house will eat it. Needless to say, we eat a lot of roasted cauliflower. It’s crazy tasty, you can try it to!
Makes 4 – 6 servings
2 heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 400 F. Place the cauliflower in a bowl and drizzle olive oil over the florets. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper (less than you would if you were salting a bowl of popcorn, but more than you would if you were say, salting a steak). If you’re interested, you could also sprinkle on some rosemary. In fact, there are many variations on this theme. Optional ingredients could also include, garlic, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, cumin, thyme. Toss the cauliflower to coat evenly with the oil and distribute the salt, pepper, and any spices. Add oil and/or seasoning if you find that you aren’t getting a nice thin coating over all of the vegetables.
Put the cauliflower in a roasting pan or casserole. Ideally, in as close to a single layer as you can. Move the pan to the oven, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until the tops are getting slightly browned. Remove from the oven and test with a fork for doneness. Serve immediately.
Note – we find that serving cauliflower in a kid-friendly bowl also tends to encourage the kiddos to eat it.
Ok.. other than cheese sauce, do you guys have any ideas for how you get your kids to eat their veggies?