Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Obsessed- Roasted Cauliflower

Lately I've been nuts for cauliflower. 
Call me crazy, but it really is a perfect food. Low carb, high fiber, low cal kinda perfect.

It goes well with just about anything. You can cook it so many different ways. My love for cauliflower is like Bubba Gump's for shrimp. 
Mashed cauliflower, mashed cauliflower with sour cream and dill, cauliflower soup, steamed cauliflower, roasted cauliflower with salt and olive oil, curried roasted cauliflower... you get the picture.

Here's the skinny on a super simple, super delicious recipe that is sure to impress guests.
Preheat the oven (I go between 400-425 F.)
Get a head of cauliflower (or if you really like it, get two), wash and pat dry, cut it up into bite sized pieces.
Spread it out on a pan, sprinkle olive oil, salt, and pepper on it. (You can also go for other spices. Good options: curry or cumin... or truffle salt.) Bake 10 min, stir, repeat two more times. 
So that's a total of 5 minutes of prep and 30 minutes of roasting and it's nice and golden brown and perfect. Serve immediately. If you wanna get fancy, throw a little Parmesan on top.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Recently Discovered: Extra Dessert Delights New Flavors!

Ok, remember how excited I was about Extra's strawberry shortcake flavor? Well, if you don't, you can see here.

So, they have a couple of new flavors! First, Root Beer Float. I love anything root beer, so as soon as I saw that little brown pack of glory, I couldn't resist. Sitting next to it was Rainbow Sherbet. Who doesn't love rainbow sherbet?

In all honesty, I wasn't a fan of the mint chocolate, apple pie, or key lime flavors. They really just triggered me into wanting to eat the real thing. Anyhow, I went into tasting these new flavors with a little apprehension and a whole lotta hope. (Okayyy, it's just gum, but still!)

Root Beer Float came first... Creamy, root beer-y, deliciousness. These flavors don't last a super long time, but they do the trick. I mean, this gum is like eating one of those candy sticks without the guilt of rotting your teeth or causing a sugar crash. Total win!
Rainbow Sherbet saved me from eating all of the English chocolates I brought home for friends after a recent vacation. (Hey, don't judge! I know a guy who ate all the chocolates he brought home from Switzerland and bought replacements at World Market.) The Rainbow Sherbet flavor was pretty good. Sweet like candy, it was a bit strange to have the taste of sherbet without the cold or the texture. I like it, but I'd rather have the real deal. As a fruity flavored gum, though, it's awesome... kinda like fruit stripe!

All in all, a successful buy.
Will I buy more? Yes. Definitely.
Will I use it to replace dessert on the reg? Let's be real, probably not. But it is a good option to curb cravings and prevent mindless munching.