If you are like me, you probably ate cauliflower as a kid but most likely it was covered in cheese…Now, I am not saying there is anything wrong with that version of cauliflower (except maybe a lot of saturated fat) but recently I discovered a much healthier and honestly taster version of cauliflower.
You simply clean, and cut the cauliflower into bite sized chunks. You lightly drizzle extra virgin olive oil on it and lightly salt it (you can also achieve even coverage by placing your cauliflower in a zip lock bag and then drizzling the olive oil and salt). Next cook it in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. The tops of the cauliflower will carmelize a little bit because of the olive oil. As I have explained in other posts I have some skeptics in my household, but even my husband who asked “where is the cheese” truly enjoyed this side dish.
Cauliflower has many health benefits as well. It is categorized as a cruciferous vegetable and contains compounds known as isothiocyanates, which inhibit the growth of cancer cells. It is also packed full of Vitamin C, a 1/2 c of cauliflower contains more Vitamin C than a glass of orange juice and it doesn’t contain the high amounts of sugar that OJ has. So next time you are trying to think of a good side dish, try this delicious and simple side of cauliflower. I believe you will be as surprised as my family, and will add this tasty side dish into your recipe repertoire.