I don’t know about you, but I’m a bulk eater.
I know I’m not the only one. There’s a reason we struggle with obesity in America. All-you-can-eat buffets, supersized restaurant portions, 2-hour deep-dish pizza tours. That last one was a group deal sent to my inbox this morning. We like to eat.
I’m not going to get political on you here, my point is merely that it’s part of our culture to eat and to eat a lot.
I don’t know a person who doesn’t like a snack while they watch a movie (or trashy Bravo TV, as it were). Sure, popcorn can be a good choice (assuming it’s not doused in a stick of buttah). This weekend, however, I decided that I could use a serving of vegetables as I settled in with my rental movie.
Popcorn cauliflower has been making the rounds, as I mentioned. Let’s be honest here, it’s not going to compare to real popcorn. It’s a completely different beast. BUT, it serves the same purpose in that it’s made up of the same bite-sized pieces and you can eat it with your fingers.
Plus, there are more antioxidants and vitamins and all that good stuff in the cauliflower version.
Here’s my twist on it, just to make it slightly more indulgent.
1 cup cauliflower, cut into small florets
1/4 t garlic powder
1/8 t red pepper flakes
salt+pepper to taste
1/2 t honey
1 t breadcrumbs
1. Preheat oven to 425°
2. Place cauliflower on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray in a single layer.
3. Sprinkle with spices and honey, toss to combine and ensure that all cauliflower is coated in the honey.
4. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the cauliflower and place in oven.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the edges of the cauliflower begin to brown. Serve hot.
A little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a little bit spicy. And thanks to the roasting, it even has a little crunch.
A little crunch. This is not actual popcorn, I make no pretense.
But it was pretty darn good sitting down with a big plate of this to watch my movie.
Of course, then I realized that the DVD was defective and wouldn’t play.
So I just ate my cauliflower.
I could do worse.