Day 1: Reboot Your Life: Best Damn Roasted Curried Cauliflower Ever!

Day 1. I took the quick quiz on Reboot Your Life and the Reboot Entry Program was chosen for me based on my answers. In this plan, you can juice and blend produce as well as eat raw and cooked vegetables and fruits in any order or combination that suits your life. The Reboot Entry plan is 15 days.

Here’s a list of foods that are OK and foods that are not OK to eat during a Reboot.

OK
All fruits and veggies, including avocado
Sweet potatoes are preferred over white potato
Small amounts of:
extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil/flax oil/
expeller or cold pressed canola oil
sea, Celtic or Himalayan salt
honey
low sodium soy sauce
agave nectar
dried fruit (sulfur free)
Decaf green tea and other herbal teas
Stevia
NOT OK
Grains/Breads/Rice/Pasta
Nuts & Nut butters
Seeds
Beans
Eggs
Fish
Poultry
Dairy
Meat
Caffeine
Alcohol (including extracts)

Wow. No grains? No beans? No seeds? No nuts? This is seeming to be harder than first thought. How many ways can I eat fruits and veggies? Oh, let me count the ways.

Breakfast: Green juice and Red Pear

Izzie's Green Juice to start the day!

Lunch: Steamed Artichoke with an Heirloom and Romaine Salad with homemade salad dressing with approved ingredients and a nectarine for dessert.

Steamed Artichoke and Heirloom Tomato and Romaine Salad with Garlic Lime Dressing

Dinner: Green leaf lettuce and tomato salad with homemade dressing, Summer Tomato’s amazing recipe for Curried Cauliflower and watermelon for dessert.

Roasted Curried Cauliflower

Izzie’s Lime Garlic Salad Dressing

1 lime

4 tbs garlic cold-pressed olive oil

1 dash of sea salt to flavor

1-2 squirts of agave to flavor

Mix well together and add ingredients to liking.

There are two vegetables in this world that no matter how hard I try I gag every time I try eating it: brussels sprouts and cauliflower. So, when my CSA, Farm Fresh to You included a giant head of cauliflower in my delivery, I didn’t know what to do with it. It looked like a brain. Where do I start? How come there’s like a stem? Are they grown like Cabbage Patch kids. Are there such things as Cauliflower Kids?

Well, luckily my friend had posted on her Yumalicio.us, which btw for those who love to cook and take photos of their creations is a social medium come true, a roasted curried cauliflower recipe she had found online on Summer Tomato, which is one of my new favorite sites.

The title of the recipe, How To Make Cauliflower Taste As Good As French Fries: Roasted Curried Cauliflower. I was sold. Make anything taste like French Fries, I’m totally there.

The trick is to use a very hot oven, around 450-500 degrees. Covering the cauliflower for the first 15 minutes steam cooks it. Then when you remove the foil the high heat browns and caramelizes it.

Izzie’s Spin on Summer Tomato’s Roasted Curried Cauliflower Recipe

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cauliflower (or several small ones), ~2 lbs
  • Curry powder
  • Garlic olive oil (my spin)
  • Himalayan sea salt (my spin)
  • Agave nectar (my spin)

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Slice cauliflower into thin medium-small florets and place into large bowl or baking pan. Be sure the pieces are as evenly sized as possible, or they will cook unevenly. The smaller you make the pieces, the quicker they will cook and the more caramelized they will become, which is what is going to make them taste like French Fries!

Drizzle cauliflower pieces generously with olive oil and season well with salt, curry powder and agave. You can taste the seasoning to see if it’s to your liking. Distribute evenly in a single layer at the bottom of a baking pan. If necessary, use a second baking pan to be sure the pieces aren’t too crowded.

Cover the pans with foil and place into the oven. Roast, covered for 10-15 minutes. The cauliflower should be slightly soft and start looking translucent. If not replace foil and cook another 5 minutes.

When the cauliflower has finished steaming, remove the foil and toss with tongs. Continue to roast, stirring every 8-10 minutes until the tips of the cauliflower begin to brown and become crisp as pictured. Approximately 20-25 minutes tossing about 2 times. Continue roast to your preferred crispness but be careful to watch it as it may burn.

Adjust salt to taste (you will probably need another sprinkle) and serve.

I ate the whole head of cauliflower by myself for dinner. An entire cauliflower! And yes, it tasted like French Fries but better! You can play around with the spices and add what you like. But, damn is this the best way you’ll ever have cauliflower in your life? Probably. And it’s so simple to make.

All in all Day 1 went about without much of a hitch. No hunger pangs, no food jealousy, no hangry moments. I finished off the day with a flirty dance fitness class at Spectrum. I was feeling good and on my way to healthy.

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