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Quintessence C. Challis (aka @TessChallis on twitter) has a much better photo of this fabulous, kids-will-love-it roasted cauliflower dish on her own blog. I overdid mine a bit. See, just because one has a “kitchen blog,” doesn’t mean one cooks remotely perfectly all the time, especially when said “kitchen blogger”’s 2-year-old decides he wants to toilet train while her cauliflower is roasting. But I digress….

At my corner organic health food store, they always have fresh cauliflower and, for some reason, I’m always compelled to buy it. This vegetable mystifies me a bit. It’s not green like other superfoods, but it’s super healthy — loaded with vitamin C, folate, fiber and various anti-cancer phytochemicals. In fact, it’s one of the only “white” foods that’s not bad for you — as opposed to white sugar, flour, rice, etc..

I love me some “Roasted Cauliflower with Rosemary and Garlic” for every-day dinners. Tess also recommends it for “Thanksgiving (or any special occasion) and can be prepared in advance.” Awesome.

My kids LOVED this cauliflower dish, and so did I. So much so that I bragged about it to my mother, on the phone, during dinner.

Here’s the recipe — stolen word-for-word with gracious permission from Ms. Challis herself. As she recommends, “simply toss all of the ingredients together and marinate overnight. Pop it into the oven half an hour before dinner, and there go you! Simple elegance.” CHECK IT:

INGREDIENTS (Serves 2):

2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaf, stems removed and chopped
4 teaspoons olive oil, extra-virgin or regular
6 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed
½ teaspoon sea salt (plus up to ⅛ teaspoon more if you like)
¼ teaspoon each: organic sugar (or sucanat) and ground black pepper
½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
3½ cups chopped cauliflower (cut into bite sized pieces)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Place everything but the cauliflower in a large bowl and stir to mix. Next, add the cauliflower and combine well with the seasonings using a rubber spatula. At this point you can allow the mixture to marinate for up to 24 hours (refrigerated in an airtight container) if you like.
2. Spread the mixture onto a large ungreased cookie sheet, using the rubber spatula to scrape all of the herbs and spices onto the cauliflower. Bake for about 15 minutes.
3. Turn the cauliflower over with a heat proof spatula and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned and very tender. Remove and serve. Feel impressed with yourself for as long as you like.

Now that you’ve sampled a recipe, why not check out Tess’s awesome book (LOVE), Radiant Health, Inner Wealth: A Fun, Comprehensive Toolkit for Ultimate Wellness. This book is not only jam-packed with fun and fabulous recipes (we’ll be featuring more here soon), but also tons of guidance on everything from meditation to meal-planning, and a 2-week plan that will rejuvenate you and get you back on track when you’ve fallen off the wagon…*COUGH.* Cheaty highly recommends….

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Isn’t Tess GORJ! Many thanks to Tess for sharing her cauliflower recipe with us. Check out her blog, too, for great info, samples of her recipes, and her signature sassy wit!

Enjoy the recipe. Let us know how it goes!

Love!

xo Haley-O