Lemon, Garlic, Parmesan Roasted Purple Cauliflower

Good morning!

Lemon Garlic Parmesan Roasted Purple Cauliflower

I trust that everyone had a very wonderful Easter and you’re all relaxed and refreshed and ready to tackle this fabulous Monday!

…yeah, thought not.

Today I want to talk to you about Whole Foods. Have you been? Do you love it as much as I do?

Of course you do! One thing you probably don’t love? The prices.

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Don’t feel bad, I don’t like the prices either.

Shopping at Whole Foods is a luxury for me. And when I have the opportunity to go there, I treat it like an experience.

I walk in and spot the flowers to my right. A wall filled with orchids, and lilies, and roses. I pick up the tulips and take a deep breathe. I love flowers. I give in and pick up three bunches of mini-daffodils (they were on sale for $1.99 a bunch…probably the cheapest thing in the whole damn place).

I walk a few steps further, into the produce section. Broccolini! I’ve been searching for broccolini! I grab a bunch…ok two bunches.

Spinach, check.

Kale, check.

Zucchini, check.

OOOOOH. Exotic fruit! How can I resist?

Exotic fruit

One passionfruit, one starfruit, one horned melon, and one guava. Check!

And then behold, the cauliflower. Oh, that beautiful purple cauliflower. I quickly snatched a head of that purple perfection and immediately started dreaming of the ways I’d use it.

Purple Cauliflower

Of course I always go back to roasting. It is by far my favorite way to eat cauliflower. No muss, no fuss–toss it with minimal seasonings, throw it in the oven and BOOM! Perfect cauliflower. every. time.

So I went home, pulled the cauliflower from my shopping bag, and had a lengthy photo shoot. My subject was lovely. Lavender in one light, mellow pink in another. So fitting for spring.

After roasting, the color changed to a deeeeep purple.

Roasted Purple Cauliflower

Gorgeous.

This recipe for perfect roasted cauliflower is so delicious–I could eat it every night.

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De.lish.

I still have two more heads of cauli–any idea what I should do with them?

xo

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Lemon, Garlic, Parmesan Roasted Purple Cauliflower

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large heard of purple cauliflower chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of good quality olive oil (or garlic infused O.O.–that would be AMAZING)
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • fresh lemon juice from about 1/2 lemon
  • Parmesan cheese to taste

Directions:

  1. Set oven to 390 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl, toss chopped cauliflower with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place cauliflower on baking sheet and roast for 8 minutes on each side (cooking time may be shorter or longer depending on your oven.
  4. Finish the roasting by changing the oven setting to BROIL, and broiling for 1-2 minutes. KEEP A CLOSE EYE, your veggies can scorch very easily on this setting.
  5. When the florets have crisped to your liking, take out cauliflower and squeeze your lemon directly onto veggies.
  6. Sprinkle with parmesan and enjoy immediately!

 

CUPS: $45/Month Unlimited Coffee in NYC

If you’re a member of Starbucks Rewards, you know the pressure you feel to reach Gold Level.

I’ve never reached gold, I doubt I ever will. I’m currently at green…been there for quite some time.

 

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Even though I’m not a huge fan of Starbucks coffee, I still feel compelled to get their rewards! It’s actually a little crazy. If it weren’t for this stupid rewards card I would probably never order from Starbucks. Nevertheless, the Starbucks rewards card is genius.

People go crazy for coffee.

I mean really frickin’ crazy.

I like it, don’t get me wrong. But I’m not drawn to it like many people seem to be. I get no energy from the caffeine, in fact the warmth of it makes me sleepy. I do, however, enjoy a cup of the quality stuff.

You know the kind I’m talking about. Organic, premium beans–locally roasted. Smooth, single drip brews.

Philly has some amazing options for top of the line coffee, and the bean scene is only getting better.

That’s why it would be AMAZING if Philly adopted the idea for a monthly service offering unlimited coffee for $45/month using a smartphone app called CUPS–similar to the Starbucks rewards card.

CUPS hopes to be expanding into 200 NYC coffee shops in the very near future.

So let’s do the math here:

$45 for 30 days.

Let’s say a cup of coffee costs $2. If you’re purchasing one coffee a day, you’d be spending at least $60. Now think about purchasing two cups a day, or more, and suddenly the savings are astronomical.

If you already buy your coffee daily, there’s no doubt that this is an incredible deal–absolutely worth the cost of subscription.

Imagine being able to use this app at JOE, Ultimo, La Colombe (ughhh, LC, you coffee wizards), Shot Tower, etc.

Would you pay $45/month for unlimited Philly coffee? I can think of quite a few people who would jump at this opportunity.

 

More information HERE.

xo