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Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

6 Mar

Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

Did I ever tell you that I hate vegetables? Hopefully I haven’t, because I don’t hate them. But I used to. Oh, how I used to.

As a stubborn, indignant child, I would refuse to eat vegetables at all costs. This would start out as simply as me eating around my vegetables on my dinner plate. Then I would move the vegetables around my plate with my fork. (Because in child’s logic, when you spread them out, they look fewer and farther between, right?) I would sit at the table until everyone else was done and my vegetables were cold. Now cold, they probably did taste almost as gross as I imagined they did.

My utter loathing of vegetables mostly came from stubbornness. But. BUT. I also think there are loads more interesting ways to prepare vegetables than heating up a watery can of green beans (still ick).

Cauliflower is an easy vegetable for me. It’s not a crazy color or a crazy taste. It’s just cauliflower. I was quite pleased when I stumbled upon this recipe because Alfredo is a great addition to most vegetables, and it’s even better that this Alfredo is a healthier version than most out there.

Also, can we talk about roasting veggies for a minute? It makes them soooo good! I don’t know the science behind the roasting magic, but it really does do wonders for vegetables.

Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

Chop a head of cauliflower, and sprinkle with olive oil. Prepare to roast.

Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

Combine ingredients for Alfredo sauce in a small saucepan. Whisk until it thickens.

Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

Heat up those silly frozen peas.

Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

Combine it all in a nice, big bowl. Reserve some of the Alfredo sauce for topping individual portions.

Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

Pat yourself on the back. I feel healthier just looking at this.


Cheesy Cauliflower

7 Jun

Car salespeople are really good at what they do.

Lately we’ve been looking into buying a car. It’s pretty exciting, thinking that in a matter of months I could be driving around in a car made after the 1990s.

We’re in no hurry to buy a car, though, and we have a flexible timeline in place. Try explaining this to a salesperson at a car dealership. You’re suddenly from Mars if you aren’t prepared to buy the first car you show interest in on the spot.

The tricky part is, the more time you spend at car dealerships test-driving cars, the more you are convinced that you need to buy a car ASAP. Suddenly your timeline vanishes and you don’t want to be the sorry sap who misses out on this once-in-a-lifetime car/deal/gift of the earth.

Now would be a good time to take a breather from test-driving and visiting car dealerships. After you step back, the brain washing dissolves and you remember your timeline, you remember you’re in no hurry, and you remember all is well. You also remember car salespeople are really good at what they do.

Sometimes I’m good at what I do. When I first ate this cheesy cauliflower, I fell in love with it. Then I found out what it was made with (mayonnaise), and I felt sick and confused. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some mayonnaise on a BLT or tuna sandwich, but 1 cup of it seemed rather excessive.

Enter plain yogurt. The perfect swap. More healthy and more delicious—it really is possible.

This cauliflower is delicious—a real treat. If your kids say they don’t like any vegetables, then they haven’t tried this yet.

Start with a whole head of cauliflower. Chop off the leaves and thick stem. Then boil for 12 minutes.

Melt butter with chopped onion in the microwave.

Add yogurt and shredded cheese to butter and onion. Mix until smooth.

Spread mixture over cauliflower.

Bake until golden and bubbly on top. (more…)