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Popcorn Cauliflower

 

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Do you pin? Those of you who do will know immediately what I’m talking about. I love having a place where I can organize all of my recipes in one place, all linked back to their original postings and recipes. I have also been finding a lot of inspiration for new recipes on Pinterest. Especially things that are very appealing for my most challenging category of foods: snacks. I have always been a nighttime eater. I excel at big, glorious dinners, and then I am inevitably hungry later at night and get a fierce case of the munchies. The problem is that I crave another dinner rather than cookies or chips. I want something hot and satisfying, and I’ve been finding some wonderful new recipe ideas that can be easily modified for our plan and satisfy those urges.

This week’s recipe is a new TV snack that my 9 –year-old daughter would now choose over popcorn, so I call it Popcorn Cauliflower. Cooking cauliflower in this way gives it a nice crisp, so you can have your late night snack without the guilt. You could use some of your dressing allowance to dip these in. I actually like them as-is and, like my daughter, now prefer a bowl of Popcorn Cauliflower to a bowl of popcorn. What a fabulous, snack-friendly way to eat your veggies!

Movie night, anyone?

–Kim K.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • Zero-calorie cooking spray
  • 1/2 tsp. Morton® Lite Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • Additional seasoning, according to taste

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

Break the cauliflower into florets, cutting them down further until they are no bigger than a quarter, with some stem still attached. In a large bowl, spray the florets with a little cooking spray and toss. Spray again and toss. Keep doing this until all of the florets have a slight gloss to them, 3-4 times. Sprinkle with MLS, pepper and other seasonings to taste, such as dried herbs, garlic powder or onion powder.

Arrange florets on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, making sure that they are in a single layer. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40-60 minutes, tossing and turning once or twice during cooking. Look for a deep golden brown color with places where the cauliflower is even a little charred. You can season further, to taste, before eating.

Makes 2 servings