Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Yes, Mama does like to bake. I know how I tell you all the time how I love to play gleefully in my kitchen with butter, flour and sugar. And how I take such pride in my cookies, cakes and other crumb-like creations that emanate from my oven. But, Mama’s not a one-trick pony you know. I’m well aware of the virtues of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Now that the holiday season is over and all the out-of-town guests have left, Mama’s getting back to the business of eating healthy. During the winter, when it’s even too cold in Los Angeles to use the outdoor grill, I love to roast my vegetables.

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower are a big hit at my dinner table. Roasting the vegetables at a high temperature causes the veggies to caramelize; this is when the acid in the vegetables breaks down and the sugar is released, bringing out their natural sweetness. Be careful though not to over bake the vegetables, because limp broccoli is a real dinner downer. When I pull the tray out of the oven, I use a metal spatula to scoop up all those tasty brown bits on the sheet pan because that’s where all the flavor is. It’s fresh, it’s simple and it just tastes darn good.

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower

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Serves 6

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Mama’s Tips:

To toast the pine nuts; place in a small frying pan (dry, no oil) over medium heat stirring constantly so the nuts do not burn. When they get a little golden brown in color, remove from the heat and transfer to a small bowl.

When roasting the vegetables, spread them out in one layer on the baking sheet. Don’t crowd the vegetables or stack. Use two baking sheets if you need to, but you want all the vegetables exposed to the heat.

Recipe: Easy

10 thoughts on “Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

  1. Roasted anything is delicious: kale, chicken thighs, vegetables. I still have some pine nuts kicking around so I’ll have to give this side dish a try. (and thanks for checking out my page!)

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