Roasted Cauliflower with Herbs and Parmesan Cheese

Cauliflower-I can take it or leave. It’s not my favorite vegetable, but it’s not my least favorite either. I’ll eat it raw if I can dip it into something or eat it cooked if it’s in something. But, the way I cook it that I actually enjoy it is when it’s roasted in the oven with fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese. The herbs and cheese totally transform the cauliflower into something that tastes good and isn’t too bad for me either.

The cauliflower gets a nice crispy brown on the edges but is soft in the middle. It’s topped with parsley, thyme, and garlic. Then drizzled with tangy lemon juice and topped with a bite of Parmesan. Not only do I enjoy my cauliflower this way my husband and several of my young cousins will eat it this way as well. It’s an easy dish to make that turns a “just ok” vegetable into an “I could eat the entire pan myself” vegetable.

Roasted Cauliflower with herbs and Parmesan Cheese (adapted from Cooking Light  )

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 T. fresh chopped parsley
1 T. dried thyme
3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ c. Parmesan cheese
1 T. fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ t. salt
½ t. black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place the cauliflower on a jellyroll pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Toss well to coat. Bake for 20 minutes turning once in the middle of cooking. Pull out of the oven and sprinkle with parsley, thyme, and garlic. Bake an additional 5 minutes.

3. Combine the cauliflower, cheese, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a large bowl stirring well to coat. Serve hot.

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  1. This does sound good! We’ve been trying to eat more veggies and I think the spices would really help make them more tasty! Thanks!

  2. I love cauliflower – and this recipe sounds wonderful! I wonder if I could use frozen cauliflower?

  3. cauliflower is one of those veggies my family loves or hates this is one recipe that would please all

  4. What a great idea, putting parmesan with cauliflower. Will try soon, thanks :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  5. Great to know to cook cauliflower and cheese in the lighter version.

  6. Looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  7. i am definitely on the “take” side of the equation. thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe for one of my favorite veggies with tuesday night supper club.

  8. what beautiful idea dear i love this and try it.

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