I am having a serious love affair with Coconut Oil. As many of you already know, there are several fantastic reasons why you should use Coconut Oil: great taste & healthy for you are the paramount reasons. As a side note, I recently had my blood tested during Liam’s pregnancy which resulted in a direct quote, “you have the blood of a fourteen year old.”. I’ve heard many people ask about the oil, as it is saturated, and whether or not that is good for you. Read this great article by Mercola that helps to explain why this saturated fat is actually good for you despite being, well saturated.
Anyways, I wondered if I could use it while baking Cauliflower. I had some left over Brussels Sprouts and wanted to tie them together. I have made Roasted Brussels Sprouts using Coconut Oil and the results were wonderful, it did not have that slimy or gluey texture that sometimes results in cooking Brussels Sprouts. I liked the results and found that when I mixed the two of them, it was a delicious taste combination as well. I ate a huge bowl and as a result, ahh well, my stomach about exploded with gas and the Honey kept giving me those looks. Lesson learned, it’s not a meal, it’s a side dish.
The other benefit I’ve learned is that roasting the vegetables at a high temperature causes caramelization; this is when the acid in the vegetables breaks down and the sugar is released, bringing out their natural sweetness. This is great for kids who have a sweet tooth that you can satisfy in a natural way, but probably bad for the individual who is on a low carb diet.
- 1 c brussels sprouts
- 1 c cut up cauliflower
- 1/8 c Coconut Oil (approx)
- Chopped Garlic
- Fresh Tarragon
- Freshly grated Romano
- Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Cut up the brussels sprouts by chopping the end off and cutting them in half
- Cut up bite sized pieces of cauliflower
- Chop up 2 garlic cloves, fresh tarragon
- Grate Romano cheese (Parmesan is a good substitute)
- In an oven proof pan, mix sprouts, cauliflower, oil, garlic, and tarragon. Over medium high heat, melt the coconut oil and roast the veggies until lightly crisped
- Sprinkle romano over the veggies then place pan in oven and bake for 15-20m
- Once baked, pull the pan out
- Salt and pepper as desired