Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Currants

I forgot that the arrival of winter means that I want to eat everything in sight.  Oh, and that I have zero interest in going to the gym. Yeah, it’s not good. Thankfully, between walking the dog and needing to get out to go to a variety of gigs, most of which result in me lugging around a massive bag of equipment and props, I get a little bit of exercise here and there.  But, oh gosh, if I could stay inside all day, I would.  And it doesn’t help that I’ve done a couple of shoots for a local chocolate company, which means that I’m left home alone with these dark treats that just won’t stop calling my name.

I have been trying to keep the foods in our house on the lighter side. Healthy (though hearty) soups and stews. Roasted root veggies. Big bowls of quinoa.  I’ve never been fond of really heavy and fattening dishes this time of year, but I do want to be left satisfied.

Last week, I roasted a head of cauliflower and proceeded to eat the whole thing. It’s not just cauliflower, though. Give me a bunch of beets… I’ll boil and dress them, sprinkle a little goat cheese on top and that’ll be my dinner. Strange, right?

It may not be easy to see the simple pleasure of a bowl of cauliflower, but it has a lot going for it.  A bit of sweetness comes through when roasted and just a few additions really make this something special.

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  • Praveen @awesomecuisineDecember 4, 2013 - 8:23 am

    I love cauliflower and this looks quite good.ReplyCancel

  • TieghanDecember 4, 2013 - 9:03 am

    Oh my gosh, you should see it here today. It is a stay in side kind of day. Full winter snow storm. Roads closed and lot of pretty white snow falling! I kind of love it!

    As do I love this cauliflower! Sounds so good!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy @ REDecember 4, 2013 - 9:17 am

    I can just taste this with Trader Joe’s dried blueberries, too. Fantastic, Brian! Hope you’re having a great week!ReplyCancel

  • Lail | With A SpinDecember 4, 2013 - 9:40 am

    This sounds wonderfully flavorful and delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and HealthDecember 4, 2013 - 10:20 am

    absolutely love roasted cauliflower and will be trying this new twist :)ReplyCancel

  • LirenDecember 4, 2013 - 11:00 am

    I feel your pain! I’m actually dressed for the gym but seriously considering ditching it – there is too much to do, too many deadlines, and much too much food involved :) When it comes to eating, all I want are foods like this, so I don’t blame you for eating the whole thing!!ReplyCancel

  • naomiDecember 4, 2013 - 11:24 am

    You are not alone. Winter turns me into an eater too. I love this simple dish!ReplyCancel

  • EileenDecember 4, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Hey, there’s nothing wrong with eating everything in sight–especially if what’s in sight is a plate of this amazing-looking roasted cauliflower! NOM. :)ReplyCancel

  • Joshua HamptonDecember 4, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    I love the simplicity of this dish. The cauliflower looks beautiful. And I think we need moments of simplicity every now and then in this season of feasting.ReplyCancel

  • Bev @ Bev CooksDecember 4, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    This is exactly what winter eating is for me, too. Well, add cheese.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarDecember 4, 2013 - 8:18 pm

    haha I totally understand wanting to stay inside all day! And with a big bowl of this comfort!!ReplyCancel

  • MonetDecember 4, 2013 - 11:25 pm

    Roasted cauliflower is amazingly good. We tried roasting it last year for the first time and we’re hooked. I can’t wait to try this variety. Don’t pine nuts make anything and everything better? Thank you for sharing! I hope you guys are doing well!ReplyCancel

  • Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)December 5, 2013 - 6:41 am

    Oh my, I wish I had been fed cauliflower like this when I was a kid!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingDecember 6, 2013 - 8:16 am

    I have to say cauliflower was not a vegetable I liked growing up, but now I can’t get enough when it’s roasted as beautifully as you’ve done here. My kids even like it and I make it about once a week. Roasting definitely gets rid of the sulphur smell that I think turns so many people off.ReplyCancel

  • Tess @ Tips on Healthy LivingDecember 6, 2013 - 2:31 pm

    What a great way to incorporate cauliflower. Would you recommend also cooking this on the stove?ReplyCancel

  • LauraDecember 6, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    This is just the kind of thing I’ve been eating lately. Lots of roasty veg, good spice + flavour and tasty garnishes. I get lazy in the winter too. I just want to cozy up and cook and read. Once the holiday hubbub is out of the way, I’m going into full on nest mode. No shame.ReplyCancel

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  • saraDecember 8, 2013 - 7:18 pm

    So yummy! I love love love roasted cauliflower. :)ReplyCancel

  • CarolynDecember 9, 2013 - 9:12 am

    Not strange to me! Lately I’ve been making big batches of Brussels sprouts in browned butter and I will make a whole meal out of it.ReplyCancel

  • ShainaDecember 10, 2013 - 2:07 pm

    Roasted cauliflower is a favorite here. It’s become a weekly staple in the winter kitchen. I love the currants in this recipe.ReplyCancel

  • anna @ annamayeverydayDecember 11, 2013 - 10:39 am

    This looks so delicious, I know I would love this!ReplyCancel

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