Recently, Mini Chef and I were running errands. As we turned a corner, we passed a cemetery. It was well kept and had flowers at seemingly every grave. A beautiful, calm and comforting sort of place. MC was quiet in the back seat and as I looked back at him in the rear view mirror, I noticed him serenely taking it all in. A few moments after we had passed it completely, he asked me what that place was.
Now, I have my faith, but I’m not an overly religious person. And as a parent, I tend to feel that if a child can ask an honest question, they deserve an honest answer (tailored appropriately to their age, of course). So I really had to think about this one because he’s been asking a lot of questions about death lately and I have to tell you, it’s starting to freak me out a little.
So as we drove down the highway, my brain went into overdrive trying to think of how exactly I was going to explain what a cemetery was without completely annihilating his 5 year old, “the-world-is-a-wonderful-place” sensibilities.
I finally settled on what I felt was a good middle ground explanation for the 5 minutes we had remaining until we reached our next destination. (I’ll give you the short version). I told him that it is was a sad place, but it was also a place of comfort. A place where people could go to feel closer to the people they missed. The people who had gone home to be with God.
He had no response for me whatsoever for the next 3 minutes or so. I could tell he was really mulling things over in his head. We then arrived at our destination, and just as I was pulling into the parking space, he caught my eye in the rear view mirror and without missing a beat said, “Huh! Well doesn’t that just beat all!”
All I can say is that it’s a good thing I had just parked because I all but lost it then and there. One thing I can say for being a parent… it definitely does beat all!!
And now I’ll give you today’s recipe. This was part of the dinner we had that night.
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Clean Eating Almond Crusted Roasted Cauliflower
(Makes approximately 4 servings)
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1-3 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 medium head cauliflower
- Salt to taste
- Wash the cauliflower and remove the stem.
- Break the head into small florets.
- Break your eggs into a medium sized bowl and whisk with a fork until well beaten.
- Pour the almond meal into another medium sized bowl and stir in the garlic powder.
- Set up an assembly line.
- Dip the florets into the egg, being sure to coat them well.
- Then roll in the almond meal and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet for baking.
- Bake at 350 F for about 1 hour.
- Allow to cool for a bit before serving.
NOTE: Depending on the size of your cauliflower, you may need a little more or a little less of the eggs and almonds. Play it by ear, this recipe is pretty versatile. Also note that while this recipe is a bit high in fat, it’s all from good sources of fat. Simply adjust your eating plan accordingly for the day.