Thursday, February 19, 2015

Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

I love roasted vegetables!  I actually started eating more vegetables when I learned that you can roast them to bring out the intense flavors.  There is something about caramelizing them in the oven and then adding garlic, or sea salt or Parmesan cheese to  intensify those flavors even more!  If you have never roasted cauliflower in the oven, now is the time to try it!  It's so good!

Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

1 medium head cauliflower (4-5 cups florets)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cloves finely minced garlic
Sprinkling of sea salt

dash or two of pepper
1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line your baking sheet with foil for easier clean up.

Cut and break cauliflower head into small, bite-sized florets then wash the florets and pat them dry with a paper towel.  Next, place florets in a bowl and coat with olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic.  Toss the florets to coat in oil mixture.

Spread florets in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper (and a pinch of red pepper flakes if using) to taste and bake in hot oven for 12-15 minutes.  Then with a spatula, flip florets over and roast for another 10 minutes or until golden and tender.  Remove from oven and sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese.

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