When I was a kid I used to eat salad as a snack. No exaggeration. I would find a bowl, put some lettuce inside, add sliced carrot and cucumber, and then douse it with Italian dressing. Crunchy bliss. I still love salad and vegetables, so it wasn’t all that strange to find myself with a craving for cauliflower last Thursday.
It was on my mind enough to get me to stop at Whole Foods on the way home from work. I found the whitest, cleanest, and largest head of organic cauliflower and as soon as I got home I made this recipe for a snack. After I nearly ate ALL of it (I had to stop myself so I could share), I opened up my laptop and searched for nutritional information on cauliflower. Perhaps there was a good reason why my body craved it!
Cauliflower is a member of the brassica family that includes brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage. Brassicas are full of anti-cancer vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
After you make this Easy Roasted Cauliflower recipe, you may be craving it, too. It’s delicious and very good for you.
Easy Roasted Cauliflower
1 head of cauliflower
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast
1-2 shakes of cayenne pepper
Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Chop cauliflower into 1″ pieces.
- Toss with olive oil.
- Sprinkle the nutritional yeast over the cauliflower and toss to coat. Give a couple shakes of cayenne pepper and toss again, making sure that the spices are evenly distributed.
- Roast for 30 minutes or until golden.
- Season with salt & pepper to taste.
Why is this roasted cauliflower recipe so good for you?
- Vitamin C – antioxidant
- Vitamin K – anti-inflammatory and helpful for blood-clotting
- Folate – supports red cell production, lowers homocysteine levels in blood
- Nutritional yeast – high in protein, loaded with B vitamins (great for a plant-based diet)
- Cayenne – vitamin A, high in capsaicin, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory
- Sea salt – 84 trace minerals and elements such as iodine, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and zinc.
Kimberley Klibansky is an aspiring herbalist and student at HANE. She is a Montessori teacher, beekeeper, gardener, and blog writer at Family, Friends, Food, and Fun. Photos provided by Kimberley.