If you’ve been using my books since way back (like early days with The Everyday Vegan and Vive le Vegan), you’ll know I haven’t always loved all my veggies. In fact, I once declared that you would not find cauliflower in my cookbooks!
Times have changed and now I’m eating my words (and the cruciferous)… because Let Them Eat Vegan has a selection of recipes with cauliflower, including this one:
When I created this recipe I had no idea how much of it I could eat.. or our girls! Normally our girls won’t dig into cauliflower, but when I make this recipe I double the batch so we all get some!
And, we’re not the only cauliflower-converts. I’ve heard from dozens of people that have tried this recipe and then e-mail saying “I now like cauliflower“!
While I’m still not a fan of raw cauliflower (or raw broccoli… or cabbage), I never thought I’d love eating raw greens like kale and chopping copious amounts of parsley for my lunch salads! It is so true that over time our palates adjust. Our taste buds evolve and we become “open” to more diverse flavors and nuances in foods.
Eating vegan did just that for me. Before becoming vegan I relied on cheese to make foods taste good. I learned there are far more options that taste better – and feel better.
Do you feel this way about eating vegan? What foods do you now love that you didn’t before?
Enjoy the recipe, kids!
Almond Roasted Cauliflower wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free (from Let Them Eat Vegan)
Roasting cauliflower is not a new idea, but the addition of almond meal and nutritional yeast makes this side dish something special. Easy . . . and addictive (even if you aren’t a huge cauliflower fan)!
4 – 4 ½ cups cauliflower flowerets (about 1 medium cauliflower, with bite-sized flowerets cut and used)
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (can reduce, or omit, see note)
1/8 tsp (rounded) sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper (optional if making for kids)
2 tbsp almond meal (try tiger nut flour for nut-free version)
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet or 8 by 12-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil and sea salt (and pepper, if using). Transfer to the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes, tossing once or twice. At the 20-minute mark, check the doneness and color of the cauliflower. If it has started to soften, turning a golden color, add the almond meal and nutritional yeast and toss again. If, at 20 minutes, it isn’t at this stage, let it bake for another 10 minutes and then add the almond meal and nutritional yeast. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or more, tossing again once, until the cauliflower is golden brown and fully softened. Remove from the oven and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Serve warm! Serves 2 to 3… or maybe just 1!
Oil-free note: You can reduce or omit the oil. Without oil, the cauliflower will not be as moist and caramelized. Be sure to use parchment paper.