So, nutritionally speaking, what makes purple cauliflower different than traditional white cauliflower? Purple cauliflower, also know an Graffiti Cauliflower, has all the awesome stuff regular cauliflower does (fiber, vitamin c, folate, vitamin a and calcium ) plus the added benefit of anthocyanin,a powerful anti-oxidant also found in red cabbage and red wine! Woohoo! That a triumvirate of awesome, if you ask me!
One of my favorite ways to prepare this cruciferous beast is to roast it. Now, when I spotted this beauty at the market, I really should have gotten two. My lovely in-laws are here with us this week, yet we forgot to double up on veg at the market. 1 Cauliflower was simply not going to cut it for 4 of us. So, I ended up using 1 head of cauliflower and 1 crown of broccoli. I would have preferred to do all cauliflower but het, you got to utilize what you'e got on hand! THis side is simple, but oh so yummy!
Here's what you'll need and the technology you'll need to employ...
Roasted Graffiti Cauliflower
2 heads purple cauliflower ( or 1 cauliflower and 1 broccoli - if you must!)
Olive Oil - 1-2 TBSPs
zest of 1 lemon, juice of 2 lemons
Garlic powder - optional - to taste
cayenne - optional - sprinkle to taste
Salt and pepper - to taste
Fresh mint or parsley, Pistachios, shelled and chopped to garnish
Tahini or hummus - optional
Pre-heat your oven to 400 F.
Wash and chop your cauliflower into bite sized pieces. Toss Cauliflower with Olive Oil ( I used a spicy Harissa olive oil, and omitted the cayenne, but you could do both or neither depending on your spicy quotient) and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste and place in a baking dish or on a cookie sheet.
Roasted for 15-20 minutes, moving the pieces around in the dish at the halfway mark. As you near the 15 minute mark, look to see that there is some browning, but not burning, occurring.
Remove from oven and immediately toss with lemon juice and lemon zest, adding more seasonings if needed. Garnish with fresh parsley, mint and pistachios and serve with a thinned out tahini or hummus. It's delish!
Wishing you mindful munching!