Attack of the Giant Cauliflower

I set out for my long run around 2:30pm on Saturday afternoon and was happy to see that it was only drizzling. However, my luck soon changed. By the time I was on mile 5 it had started to pour and I was up to my ankles in puddles on the bridle path. I was a little bit worried that my contacts were going to come out (this has happened before in extremely windy, rainy weather…), but thankfully they didn’t! I finished my 10 mile run in about 1:25 (about ~8:33 pace) and was lookin’ like a wet dog.

But look what greeted me when I returned to my warm and dry apartment:

a GIANT cauliflower! 

Cauliflower

Alma snagged this big guy from the farmer’s market and I’m not sure my photos convey just how large it actually was. It was at least the equivalent of 3 regular-sized cauliflower heads.

Cauliflower

While I was washing the rain and mud out of my hair, Alma was nice enough to cook up dinner!

Sauteed Cauliflower and Vegan Sausage

Ingredients

  • 1/2 HUGE cauliflower, florets chopped and washed
  • 2 links of Mexican Chipotle vegan “sausage” (grain-based, not soy based)
  • olive oil

Directions

  • Lightly steam cauliflower (either in the microwave or in a pot with a little pit of water)
  • Add oil to lightly coat the bottom of a large sautee pan, crumble in sausage, and cook until nicely browned
  • Add cauliflower and stir everything together so that the spices and flavorings in the sausage mix with the cauliflower
  • Add a little more olive oil if necessary and enjoy!

Note: this was a super-easy 3-ingredient dish that tasted much fancier. I would highly recommend the vegan sausage that Alma used (Field Roast brand – Mexican Chipotle flavor). It had so many great spices that we didn’t need to add anything else to the dish – not even salt! And I’m pretty sure you could serve this dish to meat-eating friends and they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Yum! Thanks Alma!

My plate (plus a second helping later!):

vegan sausage

Did you know? Cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, and kale, contain compounds that may help prevent cancer. These compounds appear to stop enzymes from activating cancer-causing agents in the body, and they increase the activity of enzymes that disable and eliminate carcinogens. (From the World’s Healthiest Foods website)

  • Mmmm I love cauliflower, but I can’t believe how huge that one is! Do I see cauliflower soup in your future? 😉

  • i love cauliflower! in my fridge right now we probably have one has big as yours! the farmers market is seriously the best place to get them!

  • This sounds super easy (which I love) and yummy – I may have to make it and try to pass it off as meat to my hubby. 😉

  • I would give my right arm to get a cauliflower like that–here in Trinidad we only get the reject cauliflowers 🙁 Your dinner looks delish, gotta love that Spanish food vibe!

  • That cauliflower is amazing! If only it were purple, it’d be the Holy Grail of cauliflowers

  • WOAH! Not only is that huge, but it’s beautiful. A pretty incredible find. Probably my favorite roasted vegetable.

  • This is really great, Megan. I know we’ve met just briefly after some horrible (for me) race this year (not my year), but it’s always amazing for me when I find somebody putting in this much time and care for an informational blog.

    Love the pic of Alma!!!

  • Oh! One really great foodie blog that pushes the WordPress envelope comes out of Munich (an American/Bavarian couple) and is called deliciousdays.com. You may already know it, but if you don’t, you might enjoy it. One of the best sites around.