Broccoli is a super food, packed with nutrition and very few calories. Cauliflower it’s country cousin seems to “pale” by comparison. More subtle in flavor— but full of it’s own virtues. Healthy? Add a garlic mist to the cousins kiss and I’m talking Super foods.
With or without cranberries this Wreath of Health is easy to prepare and roasting brings out a sweetness in the vegetables not found when steaming. This is an easy recipe with maximum results.
Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “The first wealth is health.”
And may our lives be rich with flavor too.
Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower Wreath Of Wealth
1 head of cauliflower, broken into flowerets
3 stalks broccoli, chop stalks into 1 inch pieces and break tops into flowerets
3 tablespoons Not-So-Virgin* olive oil
¼ cup cranberries
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to cover
* See Recipe posted November 2, 2010 for Not-So-Virgin Olive oil. Extra-virgin olive oil enhanced or ‘compromised’ by garlic (depending on you POV) aka the other-mother!
Preheat oven to 400°F.
On a baking sheet pile broccoli and cauliflower. Drizzle with Not-So-Virgin olive oil and spread out on sheet. Lightly salt and pepper. Turn. Salt and pepper again. Place on middle rack in oven for 10 minutes.
Open oven, let steam out and with pancake turner turn flowerets, roast 10 minutes more until lightly browned.
When vegetables have finished roasting add:
¼ cup dried cranberry halves
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
Toss and roast 5 minutes more. Remove from pan a form into a wreath shape on plate. Add more cranberries if needed to decorate.
Follow basic recipe ingredients except omit cranberries and add:
2 red peppers, cored and chopped into 2 inch pieces
Add to mixture and proceed to roast. Note: With this option you have to open the oven door for steam to escape about every 5 minutes otherwise the vegetables steam rather than roast. The beautiful color is worth it!
Yum!! This looks so easy and good I’ll have to make this today love roasting in the fall it’s like nesting for our long winter ahead… making the whole house smell good.
Beautiful, look forward to trying this out…
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Oh man. I might have to bring this to Thanksgiving dinner. That looks ridiculously good.
Cauliflower actually “looks” better roasted than it’s broccoli (trees) cousin.