I’ve been in such a mood for popcorn, but I hate the way it gets stuck in my teeth and there’s always so much butter. Bleck. This week I decided to try to substitute the crunchy, pop-in-my-mouth food for something healthier. I went to the store and bought an entire head of cauliflower (the one crayon I think I hated more than yellow green). I washed it, then cut it into tiny, bite-sized pieces, and spread them out over a tin foiled cookie tray. I drizzled some olive oil on top, then coated them in garlic powder, salt and pepper. I took the two trays and popped them into the oven and set them to bake for 20 minutes (or until they were browned a bit). The result was:
They were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I added a bit too much pepper to my batch, and the garlic wasn’t as strong as I would have liked, so next time I am going to mash some fresh garlic and sprinkle that on top of the cauliflower instead and ditch the pepper completely. I’m sure fresh red pepper strips would also be a great addition to the tray. I’m going to try that out as well. As for this super quick fix of a snack–it was awesome and serves as the perfect substitute to popcorn for a movie.