Monday, April 19, 2010

Tomato Braised Cauliflower

You know what you get from bragging? Well you either get shown up - in which case you end up looking like a nincompoop - or you might end up looking like a rockstar.

This all all started a few days ago (Tuesday to be exact), when I tweeted about the "BEST.EVER cauliflower" that I'd had.

Referring of course to this tomato-braised cauliflower. I'd barely hit enter, when I was challenged by Carla of Bribed With Food. A cauliflower-off? What better way to pay tribute to the awesomeness that is this dish.

I realise that my honour is at stake here. If I am defeated I will probably skulk off home, put on a guilty indulgence type chick-flick (Pretty Woman anyone?) and grab a hunk of chocolate. Or maybe just a hunk*. Choices, choices.

So dear readers, I need you to try this out and gang up with me convince Carla that this spicy tender cauliflower in a tangy tomato sauce is in fact the best rendition of the vegetable that you've had. Can I count on you?

Tomato Braised Cauliflower 
Serves 4

Delicious accompanied by succulent lamb chops and steaming rice.

1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) turmeric
2 tbsp (30 ml) tomato paste
1 tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice
2 tsps (10 ml) Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) dried thyme
2 dried bay leaves
4 roma tomatoes, diced
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a saucepan. Add the onion, cauliflower and turmeric and cook for five minutes or until glistening and fragrant. 
2. Add the tomato paste, lemon juice, mustard and thyme and fry another 1 - 2 minutes, then add tomatoes and bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper, cover and turn heat down to medium-low. Simmer for 10 - 15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.

Nutritional info (per serving): Calories 113.3 , Total fat 3.8 g, Saturated fat 0.5 g, Polyunsaturated fat 0.5 g, Monounsaturated fat 2.5 g, Cholesterol 0.0 mg, Sodium 222.6 mg, Potassium 943.1 mg, Total carbohydrate 17.1 g, Dietary fiber 5.6 g, Sugars 1.6 g, Protein 4.6 g
Good source of: Vitamin C 160.9 %, Vitamin A 24. 7 %, Vitamin B-6 18.9 %

*Of course I mean TheHusband!


Homemade Heaven on April 19, 2010 10:18 am said...

You're on, both my carnivores are away - so the veggie can make both cauliflowers and cast her vote for Cauliflower Idol!

Jessica on April 19, 2010 11:51 am said...

Oooh, this looks very indian-cooking flavoured, YUM! This recipe also seems pretty student-budget friendly, wil definitely be trying it this week and let you know how it went.

Marisa on April 19, 2010 12:08 pm said...

Rose - Haha, Cauliflower Idol indeed!

Jessica - definitely a great budget meal.

Joanne on April 19, 2010 1:10 pm said...

LOL! Grocery store tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes!

Dewi on April 20, 2010 4:48 pm said...

So simple, yet pack of flavor. Sounds delicious Marisa!

Deeba PAB on April 21, 2010 5:42 pm said...

Looks finger licking good to me... bursting with flavour! The humble cauliflower has been made over! WOW!!

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