Food is NOT Fun! – A Rant with A Recipe

August 2, 2012 § 4 Comments

Seriously, does that head of cauliflower look like a barrel of laughs? Will it, at any moment, crack a really funny joke or break out into a silly song and dance? No, right?

So why do advertisers feel the need to describe food as “fun”?  Food is necessary, tasty and, for some, even fun to prepare. But by itself, just sitting there, the last word that would come to mind to describe it, is fun. How silly. Worse yet, the word fun is most often used to describe prepackaged, loaded with preservatives and chemicals and totally unhealthy snacks or meals marketed to kids.  And that’s not silly at all, it’s a darn shame.

From the ridiculous singing wheat cereal to people breaking out in a highly choreographed dance routine while eating a chocolate bar, marketers are trying to create and sell an idea that wouldn’t otherwise exist in reality. So what else is new? (Believe me, you don’t want to get me started on anti-aging products aimed at women of *ahem*, a certain age.)

My question of why is mostly rhetorical.  I know that what they’re trying to do is sell their snake oil product. They know this shit is bad for you, they know that their regular consumption leads to health problems and lends to the ever growing issue of obesity. Still they peddle the idea that this *insert pretty much anything sold in the middle aisles of any grocery store* is really crap in pretty wrapping but hey, it’s fun, fun, fun. Meh, it’s the bottom line that counts, right?

Thankfully though, the trend of people being conscious about they are putting into their bodies is growing just as fast as people’s waistlines.

Food is NOT fun. Especially healthy food, like veggies. I mean, really, is there anything more boring than a head of cauliflower? YAWN.  But good food IS good for you and if cooked well can taste really yummy.

Case in point, this recipe.

Roasted Cauliflower (of course!)

1 small or 1/2 a large head of cauliflower chopped into bite size pieces
2 tblsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tblsp of finely chopped garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat Oven to 350F

Spread cauliflower in a shallow baking pan
Drizzle with olive oil
Sprinkle with garlic, salt and pepper
Stir to incorporate

Bake for 15 to 20 mins (stirring part way to avoid sticking) or until cauliflower starts to brown just a little.

That’s it. If you think you don’t like cauliflower, I dare you try this recipe and see if you don’t change your mind.




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