Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Cilantro

New year, new attitude, lightening up, cutting out junk food, trying to stay away from Facebook, cleaning out the closets and getting organized. Yep, totally embracing the cliche and feeling pretty good about it. Got a fitbit for Christmas (I asked for it, my husband’s not a jerk), started counting Weight Watchers points again and just finished my first Bikram yoga class a few hours ago. Go me!
It was time. I spent most of 2014 focused on what everyone else was doing or needing and I am ready to shift inward. Don’t worry, I’ll still take care of my children. You might be surprised about the Weight Watchers thing because I think it means different things to different people. Some have the misperception that you have to eat their food and many who follow do, indeed, eat a lot of processed, fat-free and artificially flavored foods, all things I try to avoid. For me, I love that it’s taught me about portion control, restricts no foods (I simply can’t handle being told I can’t eat something, especially a whole food group like grains or dairy) and it forces me to eat more fruit and veggies than I normally would. I also love that it worked for me ten years ago when I had 30 pounds to lose so I revisit it every now and then. And, lastly, I love that I can do it online because the meetings are definitely not my gig.
So naturally, I’ve been inspired to come up with some new point-friendly recipes. This is my favorite so far! I love the texture of roasted cauliflower and the spices and lemon juice make it super flavorful. You could try using different types of chili powder if you like, I used ancho which is a pretty mild heat but chipotle powder would also work really well if you want to kick it up. The cilantro adds nice color and freshness. Eat it as a side dish or set it out for an appetizer. Only 1 point for those of you who know what I’m talking about… For the rest of you, it’s just delicious and healthy too!
Oh, and did I mention how incredibly easy it is? You’ve got to try it.
Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Cilantro
(serves 4)
6 cups cauliflower florets
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder (I used ancho chili powder)
1/2 tsp Mexican oregano
1/4 tsp kosher salt
freshly ground pepper
1 TB fresh lemon juice
1 TB olive oil
1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees (convection if you have it)
Place cauliflower florets in a large bowl and sprinkle with cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper.
Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil then, using your fingers, massage spices, lemon and oil onto the cauliflower florets until they are all coated.
Place on a baking pan coated with cooking spray in a single layer, leaving a bit of space between florets. Roast in preheated oven for about 12 -15 minutes, depending on your oven. Check about halfway through and toss with tongs.
Chop cilantro just slightly, it should still be leafy.
When the cauliflower is finished, it should be golden with dark toasty bits.
Toss the hot cauliflower with the cilantro and serve.
Happy New Year!!!
I like this…
“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving source – a sower of dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.” 
Sarah Ban Breathnach