A bit of news is cooking over at the Chez Us kitchen.  I am very excited to tell you that I am doing some meaty recipe development for the Key Ingredients‘s Back Burner.  Every Tuesday I will bring a new meat-lovers dish to your kitchen.  Before we dive into a full-on meat feast I want to share this recipe for Monster Brains | Roasted Cauliflower.


If meat is not enough to keep you full, Monday – Friday, the Back Burner will be feeding you with recipes contributed by more delicious home-chefs:

  • Monday: Lauren, Healthy Food for Living, will be covering light lunch recipes–soups, salads, and sandwiches.
  • Wednesday: Kathy, Busy Vegan, is about eating vegan on the go and she will be giving us veggie-oriented/healthy recipes.
  • Thursday: Grace, A Southern Grace, We’d like her to be the voice for things sweet and baked.
  • Friday: Greg, Sippity Sup, will be specializing in cocktails and drinks

The theme this week is all about Halloween food for Kids.  I wanted to start your night of trick and treating by filling up your little ones with a healthy meal of Bloody Eye Balls with a Side of Worms and a bowl of Monster Brains.  Now, I don’t have children;  but, after 10 years of taking care of MEM, I stand firm on the fact, if you make a meal fun, they are more likely to eat it.  I use to tease MEM that we were going to eat a side of Monkey Brains or Lizard Lips for lunch;  they would giggle with delight and ask for more.

Our recipe for Monster Brains is roasted cauliflower.  We are big fans of roasting our vegetables, and especially fall/winter ones.  Roasting adds a nice depth to the flavor and a bit of gooey caramelization to the vegetables as it brings out their natural sugars.  I decided to use cauliflower because of the bumpy surface, which is similar to our brains.  The addition of garlic and Parmesan add a little more flavor to an otherwise bland vegetable.  This recipe is the perfect companion for a dish of Bloody Eyeballs and Worms and is sure to make your little ones squeal with delight.

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Monster Brains | Roasted Cauliflower


1 head of cauliflower, cut into medium pieces

1 clove of garlic, sliced very thinly

olive oil

parmesan cheese

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

How To:

Heat the oven to 425.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl toss the cauliflower and garlic with a small amount of olive oil.
Make sure to coat each piece of cauliflower really well.  Put into the oven and roast for 45 minutes;  or until golden brown.
Stir the mixture every so often to distribute even cooking.
Remove from the oven and put into a serving bowl.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


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