Cauliflower the week before Thanksgiving? Really, Jeannine?
I had a great time on Feedly with my morning coffee today, catching up on my blog reading, checking out all the wonderful Thanksgiving recipes on the internet…the turkeys, the stuffing, the potato recipes, the pies. I absolutely love Thanksgiving and this year is no different. But thinking ahead, I still have to get dinner on the table, and in light of the huge cooking and eating event on the calendar, I’d like those dinners before and after to be relatively healthy, oh…and really easy to prepare.
Today’s recipe goes with anything; fish, chicken, you name it. It’s super easy, requires only a few ingredients, and it’s delicious.
Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon and Walnuts
You can replace the walnut pieces with pecans, hazelnuts, or even pistachios.
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnut pieces
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
3 tablespoons walnut oil or olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
juice of 1 lemon (approximately 1 tablespoon)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/3 cup heavy cream or half and half
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Toast the walnut pieces by placing them in a small frying pan over medium heat until you begin to smell them and they start turning brown. Remove the walnuts from the hot pan to a clean plate and set aside.
Place the cauliflower in a clean sheet pan, toss with 2 tablespoons of the oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Roast the cauliflower for 15-20 minutes, stirring once or twice, until it begins to char in places.
Whisk the remaining oil with the lemon juice, mustard, and half and half in a large bowl. Add the cauliflower to the boil, scraping any brown bits and remaining oil from the sheet pan into the bowl as well. Toss the cauliflower with the dressing, add the walnuts and toss again. Check the seasoning and serve warm.
Adapted from Lose Weight the Smart Low Carb Way by David Joachim and Bettina Newman