Here’s another food for our #DoodlewashDinner that I would never have considered when I was young, but absolutely love today. You can pretty much do anything with cauliflower from having it as a quick snack with a dip, roasting it or using it as a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes. We like to cut it into cauliflower steaks, add some onions and roast it for a little bit with olive oil. It’s delicious and super filling combined with a ton of various health benefits, as long as you don’t cook it too long, so it’s earns the title of an amazing food I think. At least, I’m always amazed when something I really enjoy eating is actually good for me.
When I was a kid, the thought of eating cauliflower kind of grossed me out. It looked like a brain and it seemed super odd to go chowing down on a brain like some kind of zombie. It was really just the color, as I loved broccoli and it looked very similar on top. But broccoli looked like what I called “little trees” which is kind of neat, particularly when the rain on those trees came in the form of melted cheese. All the adults around me at the time seemed to love cauliflower so I just wrote it off as old people food. Like salted cantaloupe or how my parents would always choose black walnut ice cream over mint chocolate chip.
Sadly, as I grew up, things reversed for my favorite broccoli dish. As an adult, I prefer it plain and that once loved cheese sauce now sort of grosses me out. It’s funny how much our tastes can change over the years, but I’m definitely a cauliflower lover now. Perhaps it’s just my body taking care of me, silently nudging me toward better options, like a loving parent. Or maybe it’s the kid in me who always wanted to try eating those brains. Or, more likely, it’s just that aging adult in me who’s lived a very happy life and finally understands what it’s like to enjoy old people food.
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