“Pretty” is as “Pretty” tastes

“Pretty” is as “Pretty” tastes

This dish is so pretty  — therefore it tastes pretty, by order of the king! Well, although look and taste are not always related – with this recipe they are. The purple ((red)) cabbage and the cream-colored cauliflower have a beautiful contrast, while the fresh green flat-leaf Italian parsley and the bright yellow lemon zest accent the cabbage and cauliflower perfectly.  You can see the colors are balanced but – more important is what can’t been seen, the flavors. 

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The peppery, bold crunchy veggies are paired perfectly with the fresh brightness of the lemon zest and parsley. I believe parsley and lemon are the “jelly” to cabbage and cauliflower’s “peanut butter”, the “pop” to the “corn”, the “cheese” to the macaroni”, the “root beer” to the “float” – in other words, they go together. The onion is a quiet sidekick, important and handy but not the star … the onion is Robin. haha!

This side brought some much-needed beauty and vitamins to my Sunday dinner table — what isn’t pictured are the leftover grilled hotdogs and bag of chips from yesterday’s birthday party at the park for Brod. Leftovers came in handy when I found myself without a Sunday meal plan. Everyone has busy days and it may often seem like healthy eating is illusive. But, just maybe — trying this method of preparing oven roasted veggies for your family will be the thing they find so pretty, they just can’t help but taste it and love it!



Oven Roasted Cabbage and Cauliflower
Serves 6
Cabbage and cauliflower have found their match in the freshness of the lemon and parsley. Give them a good toss and pop into the oven and sparks will fly. It's a match made in heaven.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
58 calories
11 g
0 g
2 g
3 g
0 g
159 g
239 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 58
Calories from Fat 13
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 239mg
Total Carbohydrates 11g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/2 large cauliflower, thinly sliced
  2. 1/2 medium red cabbage, thinly sliced
  3. 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
  4. 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  5. zest of 1 lemon
  6. 1/4 c flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped
  7. 1-2 t cooking oil
  8. 1 t Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning (or a good steakhouse seasoning in a grinder)
  9. 1/2 t sea salt - or to taste
  10. 1/2-1 t freshly ground pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place sliced veggies on the baking sheet, sprinkle with garlic, lemon zest and parsley. Drizzle with cooking oil and season. Give the veggies a good toss by hand ensuring everything is evenly coated.
  2. Place in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, giving a few tosses throughout the cooking process for even roasting. Remove from oven once cauliflower ends are dark brown and black in places -- that is where the best flavor is.
  1. Don't have cabbage? No problem - just double the cauliflower.
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