I’ve been really trying to get in the habit of cooking extra specifically for the leftover potential. It makes 1-2 dinners that much easier throughout the week. So when cauliflower was on sale I picked up 2 heads and roasted them both a few days ago. Last night I used the leftovers to make a fun, cheesy side dish that, surprisingly, everyone loved!
The idea is simple: take cooked cauliflower, smash it flat, add some cheese, and re-roast.
The result is a tasty, cheesy, poppable vegetable side dish! And a nice twist from plain, old cauliflower.
Here’s what we did…
- Leftover head of cooked (roasted) cauliflower (my batch was about 350g)
- 2 oz Monterey jack cheese, grated
- Dried parsley for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Place a cauliflower floret on a cutting board.
Using a mallet, give it one good whack to flatten it slightly.
Note: This is a great task for the kids, but be prepared for a mess as small cauliflower pieces fly everywhere.
The mess is totally worth it though. :)
Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray, lay out the cauliflower, top with a bit of cheese and a sprinkle of parsley.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cheese just starts to brown.
When they came out the 7-year-old wasn’t impressed, as you can see by the tongue…
But after one bite, he changed his tune.
Little Bean took a bite and didn’t seem to mind it…
But overall, he wasn’t into dinner. Here’s his reaction when I told him he had to eat some chicken or he wouldn’t get any snacks later.
Thankfully, Big Brother was there to cheer him up.
Sorry, I had to share them all. They are just too stinkin’ cute! Trying to raise kids to be good eaters may be hard, stressful and sometimes seem impossible but, in my opinion, it’s a fight worth fighting.
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|4||About 5 cauliflower florets|
|65||5g||1g||old: 1.5||new: 2|