Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A new cookbook and a new recipe test...

Well, it's been quite a while since I posted to the blog but I wanted to share this new test recipe with you from the new-to-me cookbook I received recently:

This cookbook is aimed at new moms, which I'm not at this point, but with the impending arrival of baby #2, I picked it up thinking it might help me prepare some meals ahead of time. This is the first recipe I've tried out of it, but if it's any indication, we'll definitely love this cookbook! Here is the recipe to start with:

* Exported from MasterCook *

                            Djion Cauliflower

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Serving Size  : 6     Preparation Time :0:00
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  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  20            ounces  frozen cauliflower -- defrosted
     3/4           cup  grated parmesan cheese
     1/2           cup  mayonnaise -- or salad dressing
  1         tablespoon  lemon juice
  2        tablespoons  dijon mustard
  1         tablespoon  dried parsley

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook cauliflower according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain and set aside.

Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Add the cauliflower.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring well to mix. Spread the mixture evenly over the cauliflower.

Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

  "This is an elegant way to serve cauliflower. Try substituting grainy mustard for a slightly different flavor and texture."
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 205 Calories; 19g Fat (78.2% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 14mg Cholesterol; 377mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

NOTES : I mixed the cauliflower and sauce together instead of spreading over top for better distribution...

And here is a photo of my ingredients before I started:

Next, I mixed up the sauce, which looked like this:

And then mixed it with the pre-cooked cauliflower:

And here is the final dish:

I have to say, this is probably the best cauliflower dish I've had in a long time... YUMMY! It isn't quite as good as fresh roasted cauliflower when it comes health quotient, but if you want a fancier, saucy cauliflower dish for company, this one is great! Definitely will be having this one again!