Roasted Cauliflower and Bacon
About a week ago I heard about the Whole 30 program–basically a super strict version of the Paleo lifestyle to really break you of sugar cravings and food associated mood swings. I decided to do it. June 1st was my first day of my self proclaimed, ” 30 days of boring” yet I am learning that this does not have to be boring. Not at all.
Cauliflower seems to be very popular among the Paleo set–with pizza crusts, “rice”, and even “mashed cauliflower”. I was a little skeptical. Up to this point in my life, I have never tried cauliflower. It always looked so bland and mushy. However, it seemed like a taste test was going to be inevitable.
A friend mentioned this idea–roasting cauliflower with bacon–and I thought it might be the perfect way to try out this elusive little veggie.
As it was cooking, I was dreading it. I wasn’t in love with the smells coming from my kitchen. But, I was in for a great surprise when it was done. Honestly, I couldn’t stop eating it. I can’t really explain it but the cauliflower was a bit sweet and the the smoky saltiness of the bacon was a perfect accompaniment. I had to force myself to stop. And, it wasn’t easy.
It is very easy to make. Almost too easy to give out a recipe for it but here goes anyway.
Toss about three cups of cauliflower florets into a bowl. I like mine bite sized so I had to cut a few down to size.
Add about 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to the bowl and use your hands to make sure each piece is well coated.
Cut three slices of bacon into about one inch slices. Toss it in with the cauliflower.
Put on a shallow baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.