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A Tale from my Childhood and a Tasty Recipe

When I was little, I was always very aware of being excluded. As the youngest, I always felt left out from all of my older sister’s activities and social engagements.

Consequently, this carried over to my daily activities–read: the relationship between me and my stuffed animals. One day as I was organizing my myriad of animals, I realized that I had been sleeping with Allie the Alligator for the past four nights.

I was suddenly filled with immense guilt–I had been excluding all of my other stuffed animals. See, Allie was my newest addition. I had  forlorned my older and uglier animals. I immediately repented and created a “stuffed animal sleeping schedule.” I slept soundly that night knowing that I was being very equal in my love and that no animal would feel excluded–even the ugly ones.

I know you are probably wondering, what the heck does a stuffed animal sleeping schedule have to do with a recipe.  Well today I want to show some love to the ugly stepsister vegetable. The one that always gets picked over in the veggie trays.

Don’t kid yourself, we all know which vegetable will be only the lonely by the end of the night…Cauliflower. I hate raw cauliflower and I think I always will; however, roasted cauliflower is a totally different story. It. Is. Delicious.

I encourage all of us to show some love to the cauliflower and give carrots and broccoli the night off.

Roasted Balsamic Cauliflower

1 head of cauliflower

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

4 tsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar

1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2) Assemble ingredients

3) Wash the cauliflower and break or cut into florets

4) Coat cauliflower with olive oil, salt, and pepper

5)Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes

6) Remove from the oven and toss with 2 tbsp vinegar

7) Bake for 5 additional minutes

8) DEVOUR

One thing that must be noted is that I HIGHLY recommend using good quality Balsamic Vinegar. I am obsessed with this:

We got this from our neighborhood Oil and Vinegar store, Seasons. It is a heavenly little shop in the heart of Bethlehem.

I love going into the store because it smells like Italy (or what I imagine it smells like). Plus, you get tiny tasting cups to sample all of the goods!

My favorite is the “Traditional: Aged 18 years” Balsamic:

Now, you all know that I am the frugalist of frogs, but this bottle of aged balsamic vinegar, was worth every single penny. You truly do taste the difference. It has this incredibly thickness, I use it alone as a salad dressing. We have had it for 4 months and we still have over half of the bottle left–just a dab will do ya!

If you are not lucky enough to have a neighborhood oil and vinegar taproom, here is the website to mine:

http://www.seasonstaproom.com/

What is your favorite vegetable? What is one that you often “exclude?”

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About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

14 responses »

  1. oh YUM, I just bought my very first head of cauliflower yesterday at the store and I was planning to try making a cauliflower mash! I’m so excited to try it out, but I’m sure there will be more to use up so I will definitely be giving this method a try- I love roasted veggies.

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  2. My Favorite Veggie is Spinach…I love it with everything…Salad.. omelets ( I eat a spinny and mushy Omelet almost everyday after I work out)..YUMMY Spinach…I would have to say I exclude Celery a lot..I am not a fan of it really..I mean I enjoy it cooked in stews and soups but raw..UGH what a boring veggie…

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  3. I love each and every vegetable too much to pick a favorite! 🙂 ….However, I don’t like radishes. I just don’t know what it is! That is the ONLY vegetable that I would rather not eat.
    ….I totally felt the same way about my stuffed animals and favoring one over the other. I swore it would hurt their feelings! 🙂

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  4. Yum! That looks delicious!!!

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  5. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Girl, you and me both I never understood how people ate raw cauliflower either, let alone cooked! It always reminded me of cotton. (Not that it tasted like it– that would just be gross haha)

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  6. I love bell peppers & broccoli the most, but they are plenty of veggies that I DON’T enjoy… too hard to pick just one!

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  7. I love raw radishes and carrots but not broccoli or cauliflower. I actually have some of the last two left over from a veggie tray. I was going to use them in stir-fry, but I’ll have to try roasting.

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  8. I hate that people don’t get to enjoy cauliflower because its kind of scary looking 😦 your roasted caulis sounds delish!

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  9. You are SO funny! Sleeping scheduled for the stuffed animals? Awe!!

    I always go for the raw cauliflower– probably the only one who does!

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