This is so easy and even more delicious than it looks. If you like cauliflower, but can’t think of ways to make it interesting, have I got a yummy side dish recipe for you.
This could even be a vegetarian entree.
I’ve been into baking things lately that are almost no prep, and I love toasted seasoned bread crumbs.
This whole side dish serves about 4 or more people and has only 110 calories of bread crumbs, so divide that by 4- not much at all calorie or carb-wise, and it provides a ton of golden goodness and flavor!
Prep time is 5-10 minutes.
1.) 12 ounces cauliflower florets, I used the fresh, pre-washed kind in a bag. 80 calories.
2.) One half cup chopped onion, I used a brown one. 32 calories.
3.) One cup chopped tomatoes, I used little grape tomatoes and just cut them in half. 30 calories.
4.) Fresh garlic cloves, peeled and whole or cut up, to your taste. I used 10 whole garlic cloves. 40 calories.
I know that’s a lot, the garlic bakes very soft and mingles with the cauliflower, so it’s not sharp at all. I love garlic, but 4-5 cloves would be enough.
5.) One third cup seasoned bread crumbs, I used whole wheat ones from 4C brand. 110 calories.
6.) One tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). 120 calories.
7.) Olive oil spray, a generous amount. Maybe 100 calories or less.
Garlic salt or salt and pepper to taste. Dried parsley for garnish, optional.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Wash and chop up the cauliflower if yours isn’t the bagged kind, wash and cut up the tomatoes and onion and peel the garlic.
Slice, chop or mince the garlic if desired, or leave the peeled cloves whole, like I did.
I used an 8×8 deep baking dish- just put all of the veggies right into it and toss them together in the tablespoon of olive oil. I just used my hands.
You can add some garlic salt or salt and pepper now, or do it at the end.
Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top. Lastly, spray the top of the dry bread crumbs very generously all over with olive oil spray.
I added a sprinkle of garlic salt and dried parsley on top, as well.
Cover the top with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the top of the bread crumbs are toasted golden brown.
I served this with simple chicken breasts and it was a big hit!
Calories: The whole dish as I made it was about 512 calories, so 4 generous side dish servings are approximately only 128 calories each serving, and so healthy!
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