Stocking Stuffers!


If you’re anything like me, this Christmas snuck up on you like a cat ready to pounce on a mouse.  No matter how prepared I think I am, this always seems to happen….and the older I get, the more quickly it happens, too!

Anything to make the holidays easier is at the top of my Nice List.  Last season, I posted some stocking stuffer recipes that were quick, easy, and fun to make.  Take a stroll down Memory Lane with me and maybe incorporate some of these goodies into your own loved ones’ stockings or gift bags, or fruit baskets, or……

Gingerbread Spiced Latte

Slow-Cooked Rosemary Lamb Chops (2 recipes in 1!)

Candy Cane Hearts

Happy Holiday-ing!

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

The holidays are in full swing.  A labor-intensive weeknight meal?  Ain’t nobody got time for that!!  This cauliflower recipe requires practically no prep-time yet packs a punch of delicious flavor.  It’s like finding that perfect Christmas gift … and it’s 75% off!  Score!

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

  • 4 cups chopped cauliflower (1 large head or 2 medium heads)
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons agave (or be like me, and go to the store specifically for agave, spend $100, and return…without the agave.  I used some pancake syrup to fill in the gap.)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • salt / pepper
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese (think the powdery kind)
  • parchment paper

Preheat oven to 400º.  Combine all ingredients except the cheese into a large bowl or a Ziplock bag.  Chop cauliflower into florets and toss in mixture, coating thoroughly.

Cauliflower 1
It was a weeknight – I didn’t bother to use my “pretty” mixing bowl. 😉

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out the cauliflower.  To keep the coating from getting watery, make sure the cauliflower isn’t too crowded, as that creates a steaming effect.  Use two baking sheets if needed.

Cauliflower 2
Even cauliflower doesn’t like big holiday crowds, LOL.

Bake for 30 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.  Return cauliflower to bag or bowl, add Parmesan cheese, and toss to coat.

I served this up with some grilled chicken and sauteed Brussels sprouts.  My husband, who is a huge meat eater, kept returning to the cauliflower, saying ~ and I quote ~ “This stuff is off the hook!”  Score!

Sweet n Spicy Cauliflower