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Brains! Cauliflower Brains!

Three hundred sixty four days of the year, cauliflower is a gentle vegetable. So humble, so bland and unassuming, so eager to please. What other vegetable allows you to grate it to smithereens to make rice or mash it into submission or purée it until it’s creamy comfort in a bowl?

But one day a year, on October 31, when witches fly across the sky and demons crawl from the depths of the netherworld and zombies meander in search of sustenance, cauliflower becomes…

Candy, schmandy! The really good stuff is brain food like power-packed protein and vegetables cooked with luscious fat. And since eating cauliflower makes you super smart, you won’t have to worry about someone trying to smash in our head with a 2 X 4.

Cauliflower Brains – 100% Zombie Approved

Prep 5 min | Cook 60-75 min | Serves 2-4 undead

Ingredients:
1 head raw cauliflower
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
garnish: extra-virgin olive oil, coarse salt, lemon juice, chopped parsley or chives

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash and carefully core the cauliflower, leaving the head intact.

2. Brush the head with the melted coconut oil, completely covering all exposed surfaces, then sprinkle with the salt.

3. Bake until tender and golden brown, about 60 to 75 minutes.

4. To serve: Break the head into florets, then drizzle with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice, then sprinkle with a little coarse salt and the chopped parsley.

More Halloween Fun

Whole9 Reminds Us: Halloween Candy Is Not Special

Wil Wheaton Shares a Kickass Short Story: The Monster In My Closet

And just in case you fear a zombie infestation: The Zombie Attack Preparedness (ZAP) Workout

Plus: Shaun of the Dead

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10 Responses to “Brains! Cauliflower Brains!”

  1. Great intro to a veggie I tend to keep far, far away from.

    …and yes, candy is not special. It make us feel sick, tired, and does nothing but deliver a big crash.

  2. aseafish says:

    Perfect! Perfect! Perfect! I’m serving beef stew to a few family members, and I couldn’t ask for a better accompaniment than brains. Thanks again!

  3. Sara Grambusch says:

    Cute :) I loved that Whole9 post on candy.

  4. Angela says:

    Awesome clip from one of my favourite movies! I would have tossed Dire Straits too…

  5. Kel says:

    Ha! Feeds 2-4 undead.

    Love it!

  6. Sunset Embury says:

    Great way to pitch veggies to kids who are not so energetic to eat them! So much fun to eat and say Braaaaa-ins!!!

  7. Kelly R says:

    Thanks for posting the link to Whole9’s “Halloween Candy is Not Special.” I recalled the article as I ignored the trick-or-treat bowl in my dermatologist’s office this morning. :)

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  10. Andrea says:

    Reminds me of the story my mother-in-law tells of being tricked into eating ACTUAL brains covered in white sauce, looking like cauliflower, by her mum when she was young…she never got over it… ;-)

  11. Apelila says:

    I’ve never understood the mashing of cauliflower and it gets so boring steamed, I gotta try this “roast”.

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