As comedian Ron White once said when approached by a police officer while drunk at a bar, “I had the right to remain silent. I just didn’t have the ability.”
Ron subsequently gave the cop some lip and spent the night in the pokey.
Similarly, I know how to lose weight, but I often lack the ability.
Losing weight is most difficult if you like to cook, eat out occasionally and entertain. So it’s important to make hay while the sun shines, so to speak, and eat as healthy as possible during mid-week meals. It’s hard to beat a baked potato with lots of butter and sour cream, but a better choice is cauliflower instead of the starchy potato, and it’s much healthier.
Did you know this about cauliflower?
– It is a member of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables.
– Cauliflower is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich, and may boost both your heart and brain health.
– Eating cauliflower will provide your body with impressive amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, beta-carotene, and much more while supporting healthy digestion and detoxification.
While all this healthy stuff is well and good, cauliflower can be bland and tasteless, but it doesn’t have to be. Recently, I cooked the underrated white vegetable instead of a potato and it was delicious. Here’s how I did it.
First, select a good head of cauliflower, white and fresh. Next, whack off the florets into bite-size portions. Rinse and pat dry. I decided to melt some butter, add a little olive oil and dipped each floret in the mixture. I placed the cauliflower pieces on some parchment paper facing up, added kosher salt and sprinkled on a healthy dose of seasoned salt. Seasoned salt has the ability to bring out flavors in all sorts of foods. It’s a seasoning we often overlook, at least I do.
Once dipped and coated, I put the cauliflower in a 425 oven for about 20 minutes – until it browned a little.
It was tender and flavorful – and I lost weight the next morning.
Cauliflower florets (a head serves 4-6)
1/2 stick butter
4 T olive oil
Salt and seasoned salt to taste