HAPPY CAULIFLOWER

Love this recipe because it’s fast, easy, and a slightly different twist on cauliflower without the use of a heavy sauce.  Also, I usually have all the ingredients for this dish in the house!  I like to celebrate the little victories.

I also think that this would be a nice addition to any holiday dinner, tucked nicely next to the inevitable green bean casserole.

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups cauliflower – approximately, one bag frozen

2 T plain, Greek yogurt

2 T mayo

1 t Dijon mustard

1/4 t dried dill

1/4 t garlic powder

1/2 cup shredded cheddar

DISTRUCTIONS:

Cook and drain the cauliflower.  I like to do this in the microwave in a rectangular, glass baking dish.  This will also be the dish I use in the oven for the final step, which will necessitate a 375 degree oven.  You might want to get that going about now.

Combine all the other ingredients, except the shredded cheese.  You’re going to want to sprinkle that on last, just before the oven part.

When the cauliflower is cooked and drained, toss it with the yogurt and mayo mixture, top with the shredded cheese, and bake it uncovered for about 10 minutes.  The cauliflower is already cooked so you’re just going to want to melt the cheese.

If you wish, you can use fresh cauliflower and steam it until it’s tender-crisp.  Some foodie somewhere in this world is going to prefer this method.  I’m a convert to frozen veggies – organic and generally from Whole Foods.  Do these frozen veggies cost a lot more?  Not in my kitchen.  Throwing out aged, no longer fresh veggies because I didn’t get to them and/or forgot about them when they’re buried deep in the fridge, seems to be a bit more costly to me.

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I was taking this out of the oven just as my husband was getting up for the day.  We’re on different schedules.  My body has not quite adjusted to the end of daylight savings time so I was wide awake at 4 AM, which my body thought was 5 AM.  No better time to start cooking!

As he came into the kitchen to bid me good morning I greeted him cheerily with, “If you’re looking for some cauliflower for breakfast, have I got a treat for you!”  He smiled his, she’s still crazy, smile.

I did sprinkle some dried parsley on top of the cauliflower to add a bit of color.  It sort of looked like something I swept up from the floor.  However, it was delicious.  I kept tasting and re-tasting.  I gave it three thumbs up!  Don’t ask.

Loveya – The Grandma

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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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