Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Roasted Balsamic Cauliflower

1 WWPP Posted by 8 years ago 23 Comments


Let me say that again, I’m having a hard time believing it myself. The HUSBAND ate CAULIFLOWER!

Ok, my initial shock is over. Let me back up and tell you the story.

Last week I saw this recipe in Eating Well. It’s sounded (and looked) so good I had to try it. Of course I had to make it my own (I swear I am unable to cook exactly according to a recipe – it’s a problem I have).

Anyway, the husband comes downstairs, sees what I’m cooking, and says, “Man! I HATE cauliflower!” But he’s happy to see the chicken and potatoes I’m making along side, so he doesn’t complain much.

I make our plates and serve him a bit of the cauliflower on the side. He’s so used my experiments he doesn’t even complain. To my surprise, he takes a bite and says, “Humpf! Not bad, much better then plain cauliflower.”

I almost fell out of my chair!Roasted Balsamic Cauliflower

To make it even better, the toddler ate a few bites. So this is definitely a winner! I love having another veggie I can put in rotation!

  • 1 head fresh cauliflower cleaned and cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Cut and clean the cauliflower and place in a large bowl.

Mix the vinegar, parsley, sat and pepper in a small bowl.

Pour the vinegar mixture over the cauliflower. Toss to coat evenly (a great job for the toddler-although we lost a few)

Roasted Balsamic Cauliflower - toddler mixingRoasted Balsamic Cauliflower - before

Spray a large cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the cauliflower and spread them around the sheet.

Roast for about 15 minutes, shaking and tossing a few times. After 15 minutes, sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. Return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes. Serve!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 1/4 of the recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
46 1g 4g old: 0 new: 1
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
5g 0g 9g 3g

See other recipes using: balsamic vinegar, cauliflower, Parmesan Cheese

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    January 30, 2008

    This looks good, Roni. I think I saw this in the Eating Well magazine, but I haven't gotten around to trying any recipes from it yet. I'll definitely be making this soon :-) Reply


    January 30, 2008

    Roni, Can't wait to try these, the balsamic dijon chicken tenders have become a staple here. Thanks again, Robyn Reply


    January 30, 2008

    I can't wait to try this! I made my own roasted cauliflower last night. 2 tsp olive oil, some chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt(I didn't measure). When I'm cooking with DS I put things in ziploc baggies so he can shake them for me. Reply


    January 30, 2008

    This sounds good! I usually just look at/drool over your recipes but I'll actually make this... your nutritional info is so much better then the one on the other website, aside from the cheese, what else is getting rid of those 10 extra grahms of fat? Reply


    January 30, 2008

    This sounds awesome!.. I cant wait to try it =] Reply


    January 30, 2008

    It's crazy you posted this recipe as I was looking at a head of cauliflower in the fridge I had purchased over the weekend. I was thinking, "There has to be a better way to serve it than just steamed." Can't wait to try this one. I have tried a few of your other recipes over the past couple of weeks and they are all winners! Thanks Roni. Reply


    January 30, 2008

    YUM. I always alter recipes when I see them too so you're not alone. I just did it the other day with some squash, and your lentil soup is what inspired my stew. This one looks yummy! I actually did something similar using your zucchini fry recipe on cauliflower. It really is a pretty versatile veggie. Can't wait to try this, wonder if it works with broccoli too? Reply


    January 30, 2008

    I love to roast cauliflower. And broccoli is AMAZING like that-gets a total nutty flavor to it. We also roast asparagus. As well as all the winter root veggies like potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips...Fennel is good roasted too. can you tell no one at MY house is finicky about veggies?! :P Reply


    January 30, 2008

    Thanks guys! Ortal - I used NO OIL! I didn't think it needed any and I was right! ;~) Hope that helps! Reply


    January 30, 2008

    Oh, this looks good, DH is out of town and I must try this when he returns. I just discovered cauliflower, via the fake mashed potatoes recipes, but DH hates them that way, I'll have to make this for us next week! Reply


    February 1, 2008

    What is it about men and cauliflower? My boyfriend hates it too. He may be forced to try this version though, it looks so good! Reply


    February 1, 2008

    Oh that's amazing that you got your husband to eat Cauliflower. My hubby hates celery with a passion, yet I don't mind it. One time I made butternut squash soup and snuck in a few stalks celery (it was pureed, so he didn't notice). I asked him how he liked it and he said, "it's SOooo good," but when I told him the soup had celery he was in disbelief. LOL Reply


    February 27, 2008

    Tried this last night. SOOO GOOD. Thanks Roni! Reply


    October 6, 2008

    This sounds amazing! DH is vegan and I'm inbetween so I'm going to try replacing the parmesan with nutritional yeast flakes. We'll see how it works! Thanks for the recipe! Reply

    Laura Brandon

    February 27, 2009

    I'm not a fan of cauliflower, but this makes me wonder, have you ever roasted broccoli? If you have you should post a recipe! Reply


    February 28, 2009

    I've experimented a few times. Haven't nailed it yet! :) Reply

    Kathy ZS

    March 14, 2009

    Oh, I am so trying this. Another really tasty oven roasted veggie is brussel sprouts - the outer leaves break off and get crispy almost like tater chips! Reply