Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I'm one of those people who prefers my cooked veggies naked, that is to say with a little salt and pepper and at times a spray or two of "I can't believe it's not butter". That being said, last night I changed things up a bit and I'd like to share this with you.
I had some leftover cauliflower so I took 1 cup of it, poured 1/2 cup of chunky pasta sauce over it. (You know the kind with chunks of tomatoes, onions and lots of peppers.) I heated that in the microwave than put 1 oz. of shredded mozzarella over that, back into the "micro" to melt the cheese. Sprinkled it with 1 tsp. of grated parm and viola!.....had one heck of a good side dish.
When I added up the calories: 1 c. cauliflower (40); 1/2 c. sauce (70); 1 oz. mozz. (70) and 1 tsp. parm (12) I came up with 192 calories. This is doable for me and I will make it again. Probably when I'm craving Italian and don't want to use pasta.
I know some people have used cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes (mashing and seasoning them as if they were potatoes) I, however, cannot fool my taste buds ito thinking I'm eating mashed potatoes, so I will stick to naked or now "parm style". Oh, by the way, I do use spaghetti squash as "pasta" and like this as a side dish too....
Thanks for stopping by. Hugs to all who read this and have a healthy day.