“Never try to teach a pig to sing.  You waste your time and annoy the pig.”  Mark Twain


I decided to start this entry off with a picture.  Didn’t even sprinkle parsley flakes on top to make it look better.  This is a picture of chopped cauliflower stems.  They’re the result of making roasted veggies for a recent lunch when friends came to visit.

Yes, I could have thrown them into the mix of sweet potato and cauliflower and onions.  But they’re not the most attractive thing and I’m into making food attractive.  After all, we begin our food relationship with our eyes.  And besides, I had a much better idea when it came to using these ugly little critters.

If you’re going to eat these at a solitary lunch when you’re home alone, this amount will do.  If you’re going to feed a crowd, I suggest you do up the entire cauliflower.


cauliflower, trimmings or entire head

splash of broth




Simmer the cauliflower in the broth until it’s tender.  Mash or wand.  Add salt and butter to taste.  Serve with meat and sauce or just eat it up.


Yes, this is the mashed cauliflower with some left over meatballs and sauce from the same lunch.  The broth that I cooked the meatballs in was thickened with a bit of arrowroot.   The cauliflower tastes like mashed potatoes.

One of my friends told me that she usually mixes cauliflower into mashed potatoes and no one is the wiser.  Good way to get veggies into anti-veggie eaters.

On the health front, cauliflower is just screaming with vitamin C.  There are also studies that show cauliflower decreases the risk of certain cancers.  And lastly, cauliflower helps decrease the incidence of obesity. Well, of course.  If you’re going to fill your tummy with cauliflower and other good veggies there won’t be quite as much room for junk food!  Why don’t they just give some of that research money to us logical thinkers?

Finally, if none of those facts convince the men in your life to eat more veggies, just hint at support for manly issues from eating veggies.  Cauliflower could have a great placebo effect.  That could be a win-win!

Loveya – The Grandma


lo-carb side dish Veggies

Grandma Pat View All →

Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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