This Roasted Cauliflower with Basil Avocado Sauce is the perfect Summer side dish. A little bit of char on the cauliflower mixed with a smooth, refreshing basil avocado sauce – you’ll forget what the main dish is.
I am a huge believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason.
And recently, I experienced that first hand. Most of the time, it’s a very after-the-fact realization. You know, something happens, effects slowly take place because of that thing, and a couple years later you realize why that thing happened. For me, this ‘thing’ had a quick turnaround. An emotional day it was.
I’m not going to go into detail, but to give you a hint: long distance relationships are hard. I don’t care how far away you are from each other, whether you’re a two-hour drive away, or across the country, it ain’t easy.
I recently made a mistake. And it really hurt someone who I consider to be another part of me. It was not on purpose, (and it’s not what you think… as in, I was NOT unfaithful!) but it upset him, and the amount to which I was sobbing, knowing I hurt someone I care about more than words can describe, gave me a wake up call. And after a long talk, a million tears, countless lower lip quivers, and about ten snot-filled tissues (you’re welcome for the visual), everything was better again. Actually, no – everything was even better than before. Because before, things weren’t so hot.
Like I said, long distance relationships are rough. I know, everyone says that. But it’s been about two years now, and I never really took that to heart until I experienced it first-hand. There was a little bit of trouble in paradise, but after this mistake I made, I realized that we needed this little hiccup. This little hiccup made us even stronger.
And this little hiccup made me realize that it’s okay to make mistakes. I spend so much time trying to be perfect and live a life with no mistakes, that I wonder sometimes what this has prevented me from experiencing. With every mistake comes a lesson, and with each lesson comes strength.
When it was all said and done, I was thanking God that this had happened. I had been looking for an answer for so long, praying for direction. And this was it.
Sometimes, all you need is a mistake.
Something that has absolutely, positively helped me through the long distance woes? This blog. Holy hell it takes up a lot of my time and if it didn’t, I’d probably just be moping around calling Christian every five minutes like, “I MISS YOUUUU”. Wait, I already do that hehehe just kidding but seriously.
So speaking of cauliflower…
Okay yeah worst segue ever but anyway, you guys, this cauliflower was da shiz.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever said this on here before, but I’m the worst at fitting vegetables into my diet. But once I muster up the strength to eat something other than peanut butter, I’m really glad I did. There are few ways to eat veggies that are better than roasting them in the oven. The simplicity of ingredients required to bring out the flavors of vegetables, especially roasted cauliflower (because cauliflower can be a bit bland), when roasting is not only wonderful, but perfect for me – the lazy cook.
If you’re looking for an easy yet delicious side dish this summer, this roasted cauliflower is it, yo.
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 ripe avocado
- ½ fresh basil leaves
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and prepare a baking sheet by either greasing it, covering with foil (and greasing), or parchment paper.
- Lay cauliflower florets across sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
- Flip, then bake for another 10-15 minutes.
- For the sauce, add the avocado, basil, olive oil, Parmesan, salt, and pepper into a food processor. Process until completely smooth.
- Remove cauliflower from oven and move to a large bowl. Either mix the sauce in with the cauliflower (and serve immediately), or leave sauce for individual dipping.
Do not heat up with the cauliflower - it will make the cauliflower soggy.
Join the conversation:
Have you ever made a mistake, then realized you were glad it happened?
Have you ever been in a long distance relationship? Any tips?
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