How many of us have a guilty food pleasure? Let me rephrase that: How many of us don’t?
I wholeheartedly admit that one of my favorite guilty pleasures when it comes to food is a blooming onion. Deep fried in a crunchy spiced coating, with tender pieces of onion, which is without a doubt my favorite vegetable (maybe even my favorite food!). Anyone who knows me knows that I order any sandwich “extra, extra onion” because just one “extra” just isn’t enough, lol. Topped off with a spicy little sauce for dipping, a blooming onion is perfection in all its greasy glory.
It’s a good thing treats like that don’t come around often. But I wish they did.
Actually, what I wish is that they did, but in healthier form, which is exactly what Alyssa from Everyday Maven has done with her cauliflower. How is that for brilliance?
Speaking of brilliant, anyone who continuously comes up with fresh new ways to keep veggies exciting is a kitchen genius in my book. Alyssa does just that in her eBook Think Vegetables First, which is a collection of 12 vegetable side dishes.
When I was looking through the recipes trying to pick one to make, there were so many that stood out to me; there isn’t a single recipe that I don’t want to try! Here are a few of them: Old Bay Parsnip Fries, Moroccan Carrot Salad, Masala Smashed Fingerling Potatoes, Coconut Creamed Kale, Cinnamon + Palm Sugar Roasted Delicata Squash, and especially Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Shallots, which sounds amazing! If you want some fantastic fresh ideas for veggie sides, this eBook is a must-have, and at $4.99 it’s incredibly reasonably priced… anything that gets the family eating more veggies is worth its weight in gold, isn’t it?
The first thing I made was the Bloomin’ Indian-Spiced Whole-Roasted Cauliflower. I only made a couple substitutions to the spices: I used garam masala instead of curry (based on personal preference) and I used ground yellow mustard powder instead of brown mustard seeds (because that’s what I had in my pantry). I served this with a creamy dipping sauce, which is totally optional (the cauliflower is delicious even without it!), but definitely fun for dipping and serving purposes. I included this as part of our Superbowl appetizer spread and it was a huge hit.