Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Asian Roasted Cauliflower

Vegetables are the topic of the day.

Are they perpetually debated in your house like they are in ours?

My goal is to serve as many veggies as possible with was little noise in reply as possible.  This is a little tricky.  Aside from salads, which all of my kids eat willingly, we debate almost every other form of vegetable that is presented.

For some reason, I feel that veggies served as a side dish, should be cooked, while the kids most certainly prefer the raw version, which is great for a snack and all, but not dinner.

And, then they all have their pecking order as to which vegetable they prefer in each form.  Broccoli this way...carrots that way...

How about my favorite line "Why can't we just have corn?!?"  Who doesn't love those golden nuggets of sweetness...but, they are a starch and don't fit the category in question.

So, when this Asian Roasted Cauliflower dish was not only initially well-received but subsequently requested, for a birthday meal, no less, I was pretty excited about the accomplishment.

I know there are lots of great things to do with cauliflower these days, but this side dish rates pretty high for me.

Start with making the Homemade Asian Marinade by adding 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tablespoon say sauce, 1 tbsp rice vinegar  and 1 tbsp of hot sauce to 1/3 cup olive oil. The flavor of this marinade is so awesome, I may also try it with salmon sometime soon.  Stay tuned!

This marinade has also been requested with broccoli, so that is another option should your preference lean towards green. 

Then, add 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets to the marinade. Toss to coat before layering on a sheet pan and roasting for 20 minutes at 400 F, stirring halfway through.

 It is that easy!

This was served for dinner last night to compliment an awesome pork roast recipe from Skinnytaste as well as a spinach salad.

The kids were asking for more.  Guess I'm going to have to start doubling these recipes.  Seems to be happening a lot lately with a house full of growing near-tweeners.


Homemade Asian Marinade 
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tablespoon say sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp of hot sauce
1/3 cup olive oil

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets

Whisk together the Homemade Asian Marinade, toss in the cauliflower to coat.
Roast at 400 F for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.