A Easy Spicy Roasted Cauliflower side dish is a great addition to the annual Thanksgiving feast.
This is a perfect side dish for the holiday meal or any other meal for that matter. Just mix everything together and slide it in the oven for a flavorful, low carb, gluten free side that pairs well with just about everything from poultry to beef and fish.
Cauliflower has become a biggie in our family meal plans just because it really is so versatile and easy to cook in many different ways. Almost mashed Potatoes is one way that we use it to replace mashed white potatoes. Another is cauliflower rice when we have a recipe calling for white rice. While we do eat brown rice, regular white rice does not bring any nutrients to the table where cauliflower does. It is so easy and so fast to cook you will wonder why it took so long to become a main stream whole foods menu item.
- 1 large head cauliflower, rinsed, dried, and separated into florets
- 3 T. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 - 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
- 2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- ½ c. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, divided
- Preheat oven to 450˚F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add cauliflower florets, olive oil, minced garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes to a large bowl and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Spread seasoned cauliflower on prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 20-25 minutes at 450˚F, stirring once to ensure cauliflower cooks evenly.
- Remove from oven and set the broiler to high. Evenly sprinkle cauliflower with ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese and place under the broiler until golden brown (approximately 2 minutes).
- Remove from oven and slide into a serving dish, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
Cauliflower is a good source of Vitamins A, B6, C and K as well as fiber, calcium, potassium, magnesium and Omega-3 fatty acids.
This is another of the gluten-free Whole Foods Recipes that we will be sharing for the holidays.
If you would like to try the “Almost mashed recipe” you can find it Here
Enjoy your holidays and try not to stray far from your Plant-based Whole Foods. We don’t want anyone looking back an January 2nd with regrets for what they ate and any weight they gained over the holidays.
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