Going Beyond the Go To

As I’ve mentioned before, I usually make a menu for the whole week, grocery shop for all that I need and then cruise through cooking the whole week. I am great at selecting new and interesting main dishes for our meals. So much so that I often forget about sides. Some meals either don’t require one or lend themselves to an easy one (stir fry + rice). Others, like a roasted pork loin, are just so open to anything.

When I really get ambitious, I look for recipes for different side dishes to make. My standard “go to” is to steam some vegetables and add a quick starch (potatoes, rice, stuffing, noodles). Yes, you can tell I am in the midwest….

Pepper-Roasted Cauliflower

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This side was easy and had some good flavor over just standard steamed cauliflower.

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Ingredients I already had (except for the cauliflower).

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Mix up the flavors and roast.

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Quick, ease and delicious!

Pepper-Roasted Cauliflower

prep 8 to 10 servings as an hors d’oeuvre (8 to 9 cups) ∙ source Chow.com


  • 16 cups cauliflower, cut into small, even-size florets (from 2 large heads)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar


1. Heat the oven to 450°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to coat. Allow to marinate for 20 minutes, tossing cauliflower occasionally.

2. Arrange half of the cauliflower in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast until tender and slightly blackened, about 20 minutes.

3. Remove from the oven and repeat with remaining cauliflower. Serve hot or at room temperature.


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Categories: kosher, Low Carb, Recipes, Sidedish2, vegan, Vegetable4, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

Check out the best recipes at rantingchef.com

4 Comments on “Going Beyond the Go To”

  1. October 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    weekly menus with shop-at-one-go is the only way to go! Cauliflower is a standard…this sounds amazing! can’t wait to try it 🙂


  2. October 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Reblogged this on Irreverent on the Internet and commented:
    If I reblog this, will I remember to come back and consult it?


  3. October 19, 2014 at 2:11 am #

    I often do roasted cauli as an easy side with Indian dishes. A variation on your recipe is to baste with olive oil, butter or ghee, sprinkle with salt and cumin and roast for 30 minutes. Then squeeze over lemon!


  4. October 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    Mmm, love roasted cauliflower… and the photos make it look so easy.


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