I know I give off the impression here that I spend every at-home waking hour in the kitchen, tinkering with recipes and creating all kinds of exciting delicacies. But that isn’t always the case. Occasionally (okay, very occasionally) I have a life. I come home from work and gasp do thing. Non cooking things.
And when I get home late, the last thing I want to do is spend a ton of time preparing lunch for the next day. Lunch? Why is that a big deal? It is. Let me explain. Yes, my coworkers order in daily (or so it seems). Every time I step into the elevator to leave the building, three (or more) delivery men are coming up to my floor. But I don’t order in. Never have, hope never to. It’s more than my ridiculous stinginess. It’s more than my love of cooking. I’ve mentioned before that I lost a ton of weight, and no matter how healthy you think your takeout food might be, it isn’t. And you don’t maintain the kind of weight loss I’ve achieved without being super vigilant about your calorie intake.
And that brings me back to my carefully planned, ultra healthy and super delicious lunches I prepare. Often in minutes, because that’s all I have.
This recipe is one of those. It’s one of my throw-it-in-the-oven-and-go-take-a-shower-and-come-back-to-take-it-out recipes. It’s delicious, dieting or not. And it’s super quick. Go ahead and try it and let me know what you think!
24 oz cauliflower, cut in small pieces, or frozen cauliflower florets
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
3/4- 1 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp Za’atar*
Preheat oven to 425.
Place cauliflower pieces in a large mixing bowl. Pour in oil and spices, and toss to combine.
Line baking tray with parchment paper, and spread cauliflower in a single lay on tray. Bake 45 minutes to an hour, or until just slightly brown.
I eat this cold, usually, and it’s delicious that way too!
*Za’atar is a middle eastern spice blend of sumac and sesame seeds, and is absolutely delicious. If you’ve never tried any, don’t wait- you will love it!