A lovely little side

‘Tis the season of meeting up with old friends, noshing on an endless supply of butter tarts, short bread and rum balls, and toasting the year gone by with a fine red.

With groaning sideboards of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy and buttery biscuits right around the corner, you may want to think about slipping in a lighter dish here and there that doesn’t threaten that last belt hole.

And so I have a perfect little dish to introduce to your ‘light eating’ days – the days nestled between the calorie-laden feasts. This bright gem is a riff on traditional tabbouleh, made with – you guessed it – my vegetable bestie, cauliflower!

Cauliflower Tabbouleh comes courtesy of The Healthy Maven, a delightful blog penned by healthy foodie and fellow Canadian, Davida.

I whipped up this recipe in about 10 minutes. After tossing cauliflower florets into the food processor and whizzing them to rice-like consistency, the rest was easy. Chopped green onion, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, fresh mint and parsley added to the bowl, I was well on my way to another cauliflower winner. Fresh lemon juice, olive oil, cumin powder, sea salt and pepper…et voila!

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From the big bowl to a container with a lid, this yummy mixture is now marrying flavours in the fridge. It already tastes fantastic but will likely be simply perfect as an addition to tomorrow’s nosh with a friend.

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