Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Peppery Cauliflower Bites (Frugal Food Thursday)

roasted cauliflower

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We're doing another week of healthy snacks! Last week it was Spicy Roasted Chickpeas, and this week, here are some Peppery Cauliflower Bites.

This recipe comes courtesy of my mother-in-law. One time, I went over to her house, and she handed me a bowl. "Try this!" she said.

"What is it?" I asked.

"Just try it!" she replied.

So I tried the small, oven-browned items. They were a little bit soft and a little bit crunchy. Peppery and garlicky. But I couldn't figure out what kind of food it was.

"Roasted cauliflower," she told me.

I never liked cauliflower before this. Broccoli I like, but cauliflower just doesn't do it for me. Until this recipe.

A hint: the cauliflower will shrink A LOT. So go easy on the spices. It's really easy to put too much salt or pepper on the cauliflower. The amount pictured above came from a full head of cauliflower.

This is also a great recipe to get kids to eat cauliflower! Just go even easier on the spices. My 6-year-old loves it!

As for frugality, ALDI had cauliflower on sale for 99¢ a head. I buy my spices and Parmesan cheese at ALDI as well. Olive oil often has $1.00 coupons; wait until the small bottles go on a buy one, get one free sale, and you can often get olive oil for $2.00 per bottle or less.


1 head cauliflower
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove the core from the cauliflower and cut into florets. In a large bowl, toss the florets with olive oil. Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese. Toss well until the spices cover the cauliflower.

Turn out onto a large baking sheet. Roast at 450 degrees for 25-30 minutes, turning cauliflower every 5 minutes, or until nicely browned.

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Jessica @ Delicious Obsessions December 14, 2011 at 11:41 PM  

I love cauliflower! What a simple, yet tasty sounding recipe. Will be trying that this weekend. Thanks for hosting! :)

Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free December 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM  

Laura, this is a wonderful recipe for cauliflower! My husband didn't care for cooked cauliflower very often until I tried roasting it. If I go easy on the pepper, he likes it a lot, so I shake some extra seasoning on my half of the pan.

Miz Helen December 16, 2011 at 6:21 PM  

We would just love these Peppery Cauliflower Bites, what a great idea and delicious treat. Have a wonderful week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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Miz Helen

Show Me Mama December 19, 2011 at 9:45 AM  

Looks very yummy. I am your new follower. You can visit me at Make sure you leave a comment so I know you visited.

Have a great weekend

Gaby @ Tmuffin December 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM  

Stopping by from Mandy's Recipe Box...

These look really good. I love roasting veggies! It makes everything taste fabulous. Even my husband will eat cauliflower when I roast it. I never thought to add parmesan and garlic powder, though! I think if I add that, plus all that pepper, which hubs loves, this is going to be a total winner!

Swathi December 20, 2011 at 8:10 PM  

I like this dish. As cauliflower gets wonderful makeover. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

Elsa December 21, 2011 at 8:52 AM  

Lovely recipe! I love roasted veggies, they always have such a wonderful flavor to them.

Ruth Almon December 26, 2011 at 12:27 AM  

Thanks for sharing this on Real Food 101. I make a similar recipes

Happy holidays

April @ The 21st Century Housewife December 26, 2011 at 3:52 PM  

What an interesting way to serve cauliflower! I love the spices and cheese. Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Mindy April 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM  

Oh my, I must try these! Roasted cauliflower is a favorite of mine and your version with the Parmesan cheese looks amazing :)

Sandra VanHoey January 8, 2014 at 6:04 AM  

Gosh,we love this and your recipe sounds great. I recently printed one I found with pepperoni and cheese we want to try as well.

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