Roasted cauliflower popcorns

Every time my mother would come up with an advise, as a kid I used to make faces, imitate her, close my ears or do something that would annoy anyone on earth. She followed the same old techniques which every mom in India did. Their level of patience was only till the time it takes to count the number 3. Yes, every mom would say this “I will count 1,2 and 3. By the time I am done saying 3 , you should stop being mischievous and stay in one place calm and quiet”. One issue which every mother-kid argue for will be TV session especially the rules that follow with it. I have always believed that all mom’s talk non-stop. They have opinion about everything under the sky and they have a long list of do’s and don’ts.
“When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”  
                                                                      Erma Bombeck.
Today as  I saw my son watch television standing right next to TV stand, for a moment I thought he would fall into it and meet Curious George in person. I patiently asked him to get back to the couch and warned not to stay infront of the TV all the time. I told him for the third time and switched off the TV. He looked around and went back to play with his bike. I am in a way glad that he didn’t create tantrums. Moments later I realized that I did exactly what my mom did to me. My mom’s famous statement echoed in my ears and that is, “You will realize the importance of my concern only when you become a mother”. As I write this I could even remember the tone of her voice. Yes I can see a lot of changes in me since the arrival of my son. I am becoming more like my mother. Now I understand the reason behind my mom’s concerns.
Do share with our readers about the common statement your mom would warn/ scold you during your childhood?
As a couple, my husband and I were a huge TV buffs. Actually I can blame my husband for that. He watches every English movie in the list and every game in the planet. By the time we will be done watching one, there will the next movie or game in the list. There had been movie marathons in our house during most weekends.  We watch movies on weekdays too. Holy cow! Yes.  I used to find that crazy because I grew up in a household where movies/games were a weekend affair but post-wedding, I feel as if I moved in to a new planet. Slowly I have refrained myself from this cycle as we had a new baby at home. My trying to fit my sleeping schedules with him. My little one is 18 months now, I just introduced him to shows like “Curious George”, ” Marvin – The Tap dancing horse”. The one thing which goes hand in hand with television watching is snacking. We eat M&M, greasy popcorns, toffee cakes, Indian savories like sev, murukku. Imagine munching in small amount during the entire movie and staying at the same spot almost all the time. My god! that looks so suicidal to me now. It’s Ok to enjoy deep fried, empty calorie foods once a while. I wouldn’t mind eating 10 chips rarely but eating a packet full is utter stupidity. That’s what we did couple of years back.
Since my son loves to snack as well. I try to buy stuffs that are little bit healthy. These days we munch on grapes, blueberries, roasted sweet potato/ zucchini/ carrot chips and our most favorite movie snack is my simple roasted cauliflower. Dr. Oz called it cauliflower popcorn, even I am sticking to that name. The cauliflower florets are cut in to cute little bulbs that resemble a popcorn. Just roasting with little olive oil and dusting with simple spices, turns the dull cauliflower into an addictive, finger licking snack.
Did you know?
1. Cauliflower is very low in calorie. 250 grams of fresh cauliflower has close to 50 calories only.
2. The meaty florets are rich in fiber and cauliflower is very low in fat and has absolutely no cholesterol.
3. It is also a good source of protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium and phosphorus
4. They are rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium and manganese.
5. A large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars. So it is important to include them in your diet in moderation.
6. Has low glycemic index.
I love cauliflower. I like them in my soup, in my curry or in simple roasted form. Offlate we have been eating a lot of cauliflower and this version of eating it as a snack was saving me a lot of calories.
 Source: Self
Serves 4
2 large cauliflower heads – cleaned, cut into tiny florets
Olive oil cooking spray
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon pepper corns, crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt to taste
1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F (conventional mode).
2. Pat dry the cauliflower with a kitchen towel. Cover the baking sheet with aluminium foil. Spray a little of the cooking spray over the foil.
3. In a separate pan, mix the cauliflower florets with the spices and oil. Mix with hand and set aside.
4. Line them over the baking sheet. Don’t over crowd the baking tray. I did the entire roasting in 3 batches.
5. Roast it for 30 minutes. You can roast for further few minutes to crisp up the surface but keep an eye to avoid burning.
6. Serve hot.
Additional notes
1. Roasted cauliflower was my most eaten snack during gestational diabetes.
2. This is an ideal snack during phase 1 of south beach diet.
3. Can be eaten as side in South beach diet
4. Can also be eaten by individuals who are diabetic and pre-diabetic.

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  1. Great snack and true we really see how hard it is to be a parent when we become one 🙂 my mum still drives me nuts with advice though 🙁

  2. being a parent is almost living the same dreams and nightmares that our parents once went through.
    love this snack. lovely clicks

  3. This looks like a wonderful healthy and low carba snack. What a great idea. I've got to try this and I love those spices.

  4. Wat an irresistible roasted cauliflowers,definitely prefect for dieting peoples.

  5. Yummy dish. This is really mouth watering. Lovely snack. I came to know for the first time from you. Thanks for sharing.

  6. This is definitely something I'd love to make in the future. I love cauliflower despite some unpopularity comment I have seen in blogosphere. Really, it's one of my favorite veggies! This is a wonderful & healthy snack!

  7. Thanks a lot of good advise. I am really happy for I eat this snack. This snack is very testy. Useful diet and health information that can keep I healthy, make I feel better and make I a better person Lose weight for me.

  8. funny… I bought 3 heads of cauliflower the other day on a bargain hunt… and absolutely NO idea what I was going to do with them. Today I've seen no less that 15 recipes for cauliflower just poking around and browsing – I think this one is a doer 🙂
    Thanks for sharing it!

  9. Christina 8 years ago

    How do you recommend dealing with leftovers? Does it keep well? Also, do you microwave it to get it hot again to serve?

    • Hi Christine,
      I don’t think leftovers are as crispy as the freshly made ones. I never store them. It gets soggy and if you microwave it, the steam from the cauliflower makes it soggy. So the best option is to make it and finish it. They are less than 50-80 calories per bowl. So give it a thought to eat them all 🙂

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