Thursday, February 21, 2013

Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots- So Much Flavor!

 I had read that roasting vegetables intensified the flavor, but was always put off by the burned appearance. Not any more! These were so tasty that I have made them four times in the last two weeks. The crisp edges add even more flavor, sweetness, and dimension to the vegetables.

The first time I used only cauliflower, olive oil, and sea salt. So good! The second time I added carrots, a dusting of garlic powder, and smoked paprika. I don't think there is any end to experimentation with this!

1 head cauliflower
1/2 pound carrots, cut into sticks
olive oil
sea salt
smoked paprika (optional)
garlic powder (optional)
I did not give exact spice measurements because it is really personal preference, no matter how much salt I add my husband will add more at the table, but I like lots of spice, so if it looks good to you then it probably is.
Preheat oven to 500F.
Break apart the head of cauliflower into small florets.
Place in a large bowl with the carrots , I had to do mine in batches that's why you don't see the carrots until the end.
Drizzle with a couple tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with the spices of choice. Toss until well coated, add more oil if needed.

 Arrange on a sheet pan with lots of space in between, if too close then they will steam not roast.
 Roast for 12-20 minutes depending on how crisp or tender you want them.
 The dark ones on the edges are the best!

I ate these as a meal one day they were so good. Or you could serve beside a burger, chicken...instead of popcorn for movies, we may be repeating tonight.

For Trim Healthy Mamas don't forget the protein and limit the carrots for an S.