Mussels are a great source of cheap protein. Most available in fish markets are farmed sustainably and are pretty clean and ready to cook. I have usually just prepared them with the usual suspects, such as wine, garlic, a little butter or pesto or used them in a fish stew. Then I found this great recipe in the New York Times
that cooks them with an actual vegetable --- cauliflower. Inspired by the HUGE cauliflower we had in our refrigerator, I had to modify the recipe a little and try it. The mussels took on the other flavors --- it was the best.
This is truly amazing. I know I say that a lot at the end of recipes, but it's true.
In a large pot, saute the cauliflower, jalapeno, garlic, and shallot in the olive oil for about five minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the mussels and cover. Cook until the mussels open. Discard any that are tightly closed. Stir in basil and lime juice. Serve with a crusty whole grain bread.