Latin Inspired Dressed Up Cauliflower
I don't post a lot of veggie recipes because few people seem all that interested in them. Many people prefer simple steamed veggies (or none at all). I actually really, really, I mean really like vegetables. I also like to cook them in different ways. Cauliflower is an especially adaptable specimen. In this recipe simple cauliflower gets turned into something special and quite different from the usual "slosh some cheese sauce on top" veggie. The spiced cauliflower browns in a moderate oven on a sheet pan then it gets a simple sauce drizzled on it after baking. It's simple. The cauliflower also is incredibly good. Serve it alongside a simple meat offering.
Latin Inspired Dressed Up Cauliflower -- Serves 4
1 small head of cauliflower, washed, core removed and cut into florets
2 teaspoons of taco seasoning mix
2 tablespoons of ketchup
2 tablespoons of fat-free plain yogurt
2 tablespoons of low-fat mayonnaise
1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/8 teaspoon of ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (yes, we're not blitzing the cauliflower! Stick with me, the recipe works!). Coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray (or line the sheet with foil and coat the foil with spray for easy clean-up). Spread the cauliflower out in one layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the taco seasoning evenly over the cauliflower. Spritz or drizzle the cauliflower with olive oil (I use a misto filled with olive oil). Bake the cauliflower, uncovered, for 45-60 minutes or until tender, turning it over once with a spatula after about 30 minutes. While the cauliflower bakes, in a cup or small bowl, mix thoroughly the ketchup, yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, onion powder, and ground pepper. After you pull the cauliflower from the oven, drizzle the sauce over it. Sprinkle a little chopped cilantro on top of everything. You'll have extra sauce that you can serve alongside the cauliflower if anyone wants extra. Alternatively, the sauce is great on a salad.