February 6, 2013
The focus of our Weight Watchers meeting this month is to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our day. I’m a big fan of this tactic. Fruits and vegetables help me expand my meal sizes without expanding my waistline.
I’m a hungry girl, y’all. I need A LOT of food.
One of my favorite wintertime vegetable treats is roasted cauliflower mash. This stuff is so good that I swear to you, you’ll eat a huge bowl of it and go looking for more.
Best news? In addition to being super yummy (honest, no joke – Dexter will vouch for this and he’s really had to learn to like vegetables) — It’s also completely guilt-free!
1 to 2 bags of frozen cauliflower. Store brand is just fine. (0 PP)
Olive oil sprayer (1 PP)
Kosher salt to taste (0 PP)
Laughing Cow Cheese – Light Original (1 to 2 wedges per bag of cauliflower) (1PP for 2 wedges)
Roasted garlic – 1 to 3 cloves, depending on preference (optional) (0 PP)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with tin foil and spray lightly with olive oil. Put frozen cauliflower on baking sheet (try to avoid having the florets “crowd” each other). Spray cauliflower lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle on kosher salt. Bake for 45 minutes or until cauliflower is golden brown. (See picture) Yes, I know it looks a bit burned, but trust me, that’s how far you want to take it. Be brave. It’s worth the wait.
If you don’t have roasted garlic, you can get some ready while the cauliflower is going. Just wrap a head or two in aluminum foil and toss them in the oven for the same amount of time as the cauliflower. It’ll come out just right and ready to go.
Once the cauliflower (and the garlic) are cooked, dump it into a large bowl. Add the cheese and roasted garlic (squeeze the garlic out of it’s clove pod like toothpaste). Using your immersion blender, blend together until you have smooth, creamy goodness.
I roast up to 6 bags of cauliflower on the weekend, prep the blended version, then package it in the fridge for easy side dishes with dinner during the week.
Voila! Gourmet yumminess that is super easy, pretty cheap and will satisfy you with its hearty goodness.
Wishing You a Shockingly Awesomelicious Day!