My Favorite Roasted Cauliflower

I am a self-proclaimed cauliflower addict. Some people laugh when I tell them that roasted cauliflower is my favorite food but they haven't tried this cauliflower. It's crispy, savory and just all-around perfect. And it doesn't hurt that it is good for you too! In addition to being loaded with antioxidants, cauliflower is packed with a compound called sulforaphane that helps fight free radicals, promote detoxification and counteract carcinogens. I also use turmeric and nutritional yeast in the seasoning, which add to the health benefits. Curcumin, the active constituent in turmeric, is a potent anti-inflammatory and has even been found to have the ability to "turn-off" inflammatory genes before they express. Nutritional yeast contains an array of B vitamins, protein, fiber, zinc and magnesium, which all work together to keep the immune system in check, stabilize blood sugar, balance hormones and fight inflammation. I'll take a double (or maybe a triple) serving, please! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head cauliflower 
  • 2 Tbs avocado oil 
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (I use this brand that is not fortified with synthetic folic acid) 
  • 1 tsp turmeric 
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste 

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Chop the cauliflower into florets, rinse and dry. 
  3. Add the cauliflower to a large bowl and mix with the avocado oil. Add the seasonings and toss to coat. 
  4. Spread the cauliflower in a single layer onto a baking sheet. You can use 2 baking sheets if there is too much to fit in a single layer on one. Preventing the cauliflower from overlapping helps to create the crispy crunch! 
  5. Roast for 25 minutes, flip, then roast for another 25 minutes or until crispy but not over-cooked. 
  6. Devour!

I love serving this cauliflower on top of a warm kale salad with poached eggs and turmeric tahini dressing or alongside pulled barbecue chicken/pork and roasted sweet potatoes. It's also amazing on its own as a mid-day snack. You really can't go wrong with this cauliflower! 

 Warm kale salad with roasted cauliflower, poached egg and turmeric tahini dressing

Warm kale salad with roasted cauliflower, poached egg and turmeric tahini dressing

 BBQ chicken bowl with roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes and steamed curly kale

BBQ chicken bowl with roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes and steamed curly kale