I have to confess: I could count the number of times I've had my five-a-day on the fingers of one hand. Why don't potatoes count? Why does fruit juice only count as one portion, even if you drink a litre? Hnng.
So, I welcome anything I can do to boost my fruit and veg count. When I heard people on Twitter talking about cauliflower poppers, I had to investigate. Turns out they're not only delicious and low-carb, they're incredibly easy to make. I'm not someone who regularly munches on vegetables - you won't catch me dipping celery into hummous, not when pitta bread exists, thank you - but these are now my healthy snack of choice.
I've added Indian spices, but you could mix in whatever you like to give them a kick.
Cauliflower poppers (serves 2)
You will need:
- 1 cauliflower head
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Garam masala
- Cayenne pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Wash the cauliflower head and break into florets. Pop them into a large bowl and add enough olive oil to coat them. Sprinkle on the salt and pepper, and add garam masala and cayenne pepper to taste. Mix well with your hands.
- Spread the florets on the baking tray and roast for an hour, turning twice. They might not need the full hour, but they're done when brown and crispy.