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Roasted Cauliflower Florets

Roasted Cauliflower Florets

While a whole roasted cauliflower is an amazing food to make - sometimes you need a lot less and you don't want to wait an hour to make it.

Getting the bag of microwave cauliflower florets is easy. But instead of taking four minutes to zap them in the microwave, I like the flavor of the vegetable after it is roasted in the oven.  It takes a bit longer, but the depth of flavors is amazing, and it makes a great dish for one.

Start by pre-heating your oven to 400 degrees. I often do this as soon as I get home. Even if I don't know when I am going to eat. That way when I am ready the oven is ready. Even if my food will be at 350 degrees it will cool down a bit when I open the door. Even better - use your toaster oven because it heats up faster and uses less electricity.
Pretty easy to open the bag and spread the florets out on a pan.  You don't need a cookie sheet for these, something smaller will do.

Then the recipe becomes simple. Add kosher salt, pepper, and olive oil. 

Place in the oven for 30 minutes- you can leave them - or in the middle of the oven cycle you can stir them around a bit to get other sides toasted.

I use large quantities of olive oil so I keep it in squirt bottles. That makes application of it easy. California or Arizona olive oil of course - none of the European brands that have had a lot of issues. 


Kosher salt after the olive oil. The olive oil helps the salt and pepper stick. Even if you are "salt restricted" or "sodium restricted" the small amount of salt on all these vegetables is not really an issue.


Freshly ground pepper - like fresh ground whole coffee beans - better flavor. Great seasoning. 


I have pizza bricks in the oven to keep the heat in. I have never made pizza in the oven - but....




I had some Chicken Korma in the freezer that had been made Sous Vide.  So I re-heated it by putting it into the Sous Vide while I was cooking the cauliflower. This added to the top of the cauliflower made a perfect meal for one. 
Mediterranean Diet Points
1 bag of Florets is 12 ounces and so 1 Mediterranean Diet Point
1/2 bag would be 3/4 of the Vegetable Mediterranean Diet Point
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