Roasted Cauliflower & Orzo with Meyer Lemon Parsley Dressing

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Okay, okay, I’ll simply go forward and admit it: I’m an enormous fan of roasted greens (are you able to inform?), most notably these superbly comfortable & elegant cruciferous sorts. You realize, the ever lovable inexperienced brussels sprouts (aka. mini cabbages), and the comfortable & subtle cauliflower that gives us with a lot goodness that our our bodies crave and profit from. It helps that they’re nonetheless obtainable domestically right here, as our typically gentle winters enable growers to choose simply 2 hours out of frost, as I discovered from one of many farmers I’ve come to depend on for freshly picked broccoli, cauliflower & kale of all types at our native winter market this yr.

One other factor I’ve discovered I’m an enormous fan of? Working, it appears. I’ve gotta inform you all that the one aspect impact I didn’t anticipate from having a while off was one thing I haven’t skilled since my angsty days of teenage drama: the unusual and unfamiliar lack of want to do a lot of something in any respect. It appears disconnecting normally can foster a disconnection from many issues, and whereas I’ve cherished past measure the previous months of reflecting, re-booting & basic recalibration, I’m fairly comforted and assured in realizing that I’m a workhorse who thrives when juggling a number of difficult tasks, and I do finest when confronted with effectively populated to-do lists and the stimulation that comes from fixed drawback fixing. We’re all totally different, in any case, and everybody’s ‘sluggish’ can absolutely imply various things. I’m the sort that occurs to seek out the purest type of meditation on an extended chilly run, shifting swiftly and stepping ahead boldly as I am going. Seems my sluggish isn’t so sluggish in any respect and after attempting out a brand new and totally different means, I’m okay with that. Actually 🙂

Do you discover power in energy or in softness? Are you calmest in stillness or in motion? We’re all so totally different, however there may be one factor that’s woven persistently by way of our fibres : our hearts don’t lie, and I’ve been listening to mine (as laborious as it’s generally). This weekend introduced again a welcome spark and flurry of creativity, one which has been burning reasonably slowly currently. My home so as, and my thoughts is rested. It’s the tip of one other yr. Wishing you all heat ideas and gratitude on your help – this yr noticed some epic & great accomplishments and I merely can not anticipate this coming yr and all that’s to come back!

This peppy salad combines a lot of my favourite issues: roasted cauliflower, feta & orzo with a zesty Meyer lemon dressing. Good for a vacation gathering or to maintain within the fridge for a fast lunch on the go. You could possibly simply sub any pasta in for the orzo, and an addition of roasted nuts is likely to be pretty too. Be happy to go away out the feta fully and add some Capers in for a totally vegan possibility too. Both means, take heed to your coronary heart on what to do and be able to go the place it calls you. It received’t lead you astray, not ever, I promise. It simply takes some braveness, and it’s in you, that I do know. xx

 Roasted Cauliflower & Orzo with Meyer Lemon Parsley Dressing:

Tailored from Bon Appetit:

  • (1) head cauliflower
  • (3-4) tbsp olive oil
  • (black pepper & (1/4) tsp salt for roasting cauliflower
  • (1) cup orzo (my favourite is an Italian spelt orzo)
  • (1) cup cubed feta, minimize as massive or small as desired
  • (1) massive handful of greens comparable to arugula or child spinach

Meyer Lemon Parsley Dressing:

  • (1) massive Meyer lemon (or 2 small common lemons)
  • (1) cup flat leafed parsley leaves, faraway from stems
  • (1/4) cup olive oil
  • (1) tbsp Caper juice
  • (1/4 – 1/2) tsp salt or to style
  • (1/2) tsp lemon zest
  • Black pepper to style

Preheat the oven to 425 levels. Wash and minimize the cauliflower into small florets, discarding the core or saving it for a soup. Toss the florets in a bowl with the olive oil and salt & pepper and unfold on a flat rimmed cookie sheet. Roast at 425 levels for 20-25 minutes, tossing right here and there. The florets needs to be browning and smelling great earlier than being eliminated.

Whereas the cauliflower cooks, put up a pot of water to boil. As soon as boiling, add the orzo and cook dinner in accordance with bundle instructions, for an al dente pasta. Put together your greens and feta and put aside.

To make the dressing, pulse the parsley in a blender and add the lemon juice, oil, caper juice, salt & pepper. Mix till easy, it’s okay to have some rustic bits of parsley in there and there’s no want for a superbly blended combination.

Mix the nice and cozy cauliflower, lemon zest, and feta collectively and toss gently with half of the dressing to coat. Add the cooked orzo & the remaining dressing and toss once more to combine. Simply earlier than serving, add your greens and blend once more. Serve with additional parsley or feta as garnish and loads of additional pepper. This salad will maintain within the fridge for a number of days, and even the hardy recent greens will maintain up as soon as dressed. This makes an unbelievable subsequent day lunch with some hardboiled egg, toasted cashews, and somewhat additional dressing. Perfection!

Recipe ought to simply serve 4-6 as a aspect, 2-4 as a hearty lunch.