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Sweet and Spicy Cauliflower (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Sharing another cauliflower recipe with you guys! I love cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza crust and cauliflower gnocchi like any other proper millennial in the food scene, but I also love cauliflower in its purest form! The same thing that makes cauliflower so versatile for all those cauliflower-based products also makes it so great on its own – the super mild flavor makes it the perfect palate for so many different flavors.

I’ve shared a handful of cauliflower recipes on the blog, (see my curry turmeric roasted cauliflower and buffalo cauliflower lettuce wraps) and I just love how each recipe is so different in flavor, texture and preparation method!

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, and it is in the same family as kale, broccoli, cabbage and brussels sprouts. This family of veggies contain glucosinolates, sulfur-containing compounds that may be protective against certain kinds of cancer.  While ALL veggies are amazing and healthy, this is even more reason to load up on alllll the cauliflower. In addition, cauliflower is a good source of fiber and many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

This recipe was super simple and has the perfect amount of SWEET to balance out the HEAT from the hot sauce. It is subtle enough to be added to so many different meals – grain bowls, paired with salmon, or dipped in hummus for an afternoon snack.

 Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together avocado oil, hot sauce, maple syrup, tamari, garlic powder and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Put cauliflower florets in a large mixing bowl and pour in sweet and spicy sauce. Use your hands to toss together to evenly coat.
  4. Place in oven on the top rack and roast for 20-25 minutes, then move to the bottom rack and roast for another 5-10 minutes until bottoms of cauliflower florets are nicely browned and crispy.
  5. Sprinkle with sliced green onion if desired.

If you guys try this recipe, tag @daisybeet on Instagram so I can see you creations! 🙂

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Maple Roasted Carrots with Ginger Beet Tahini Sauce (Vegan, Gluten Free)

When your boyfriend willingly chooses to snack on carrots straight out the fridge, you know you’ve made a winning recipe. As a dietitian, few things give me more satisfaction than seeing people genuinely enjoy eating vegetables. When prepared thoughtfully, vegetables can easily be the most delicious part of your meal!

Many people I’ve talked to grew up having pretty boring vegetables! If I were served a plate of plain steamed or boiled broccoli, I wouldn’t be too excited about things either. When teaching people how to prepare vegetables they enjoy, I have two big tips. The first is to change the way you are preparing your veggies. My favorite way to cook veggies is roasting them in the oven! The high dry heat coaxes out the flavor, caramelizes them, and adds an irresistible crispy texture. Also, try roasting veggies at a higher temperature than you are used to doing. Instead of 350 degrees, try 400! I generally roast in the 400-425 degree range to really maximize flavor. My second tip is to master a few sauces to drizzle over cooked veggies. A good sauce transforms even steamed veggies into something really delicious. Some of my favorites I have in my back pocket are peanut sauce, sesame ginger sauce and pesto! Sauces may seem intimidating, but they are actually quite simple and come together quickly.

These carrots are both roasted and topped with a new favorite sauce recipe – packing DOUBLE the flavor punch! I added some maple syrup to the carrots before roasting, which really elevates their flavor and brings out their natural sweetness. This ginger beet tahini sauce is super creamy, zingy and versatile. It would be great served with other vegetables, drizzled on a grain bowl, or as a creamy salad dressing!

Ingredients:

Carrots

  • 2 small bunches of carrots, tops removed and scrubbed
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 ½ tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley and ¼ cup crushed pistachios for garnishing

Ginger Beet Tahini Sauce

  • ½ cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 3 small Love Beets organic cooked beets + juice from package
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Add carrots to baking sheet and drizzle with avocado oil and maple syrup. Add salt and pepper and toss to coat carrots evenly.
  3. Roast for 40-45 minutes until carrots are fork tender and beginning to caramelize, turning carrots halfway through.
  4. While carrots cook, prepare the sauce. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add water, 1 tbsp at a time as necessary to aid blending.
  5. Arrange carrots on a serving platter. Drizzle with beet tahini sauce and sprinkle with fresh parsley and crushed pistachios. Serve warm. These carrots are also delicious cold, so if you have leftovers, save them to munch on or throw into salads!

If you guys try this recipe, tag @daisybeet on Instagram so I can see your creations! 🙂

Curry Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower with Golden Raisins and Parsley

Cauliflower has definitely become the most loved vegetable of our generation. We’re adding it to smoothies and turning it into rice and pizza crust. I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t have 8 bags of Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi stashed away in my freezer. As a dietitian, this hardcore vegetable love makes me VERY happy! You guys know I’m a huge proponent of a plant-based diet, so the more veggies, the better!

Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous vegetable family. Other members of this squad include broccoli, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Cruciferous veggies are loaded with nutrients including vitamin C, folate and vitamin K. In fact, one cup of cauliflower has the same amount of vitamin C as an orange! Folate is an especially important nutrient for prenatal and pregnancy nutrition, as adequate amounts are protective against neural tube defects in babies.

While I absolutely love all the creative ways cauliflower is finding its way onto our plates, I also love cooking it straight up and letting it shine just as nature intended! I often include a big pan of simply seasoned roasted cauliflower for meal prep. I recently was asked to bring some vegetables as a side dish to a holiday party, and I wanted to bring a dish that was a little more “dressed up”. I had just gotten some great curry powder, so decided to use that for flavor inspiration. I landed on this curry turmeric cauliflower and added in golden raisins and parsley to round out the dish. I think it’s a great dish for fall and winter, because it’s full of warming spices. It would be perfect for Thanksgiving!

Curry Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower with Golden Raisins and Parsley (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite size florets
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated on microplane
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins (optional: soak raisins in hot water while cauliflower cooks to make them more plump and softer)
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place cauliflower florets on large baking sheet. Drizzle with avocado oil, and toss with ginger, garlic, lemon zest, curry powder, turmeric, salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for 25-35 minutes until fork tender and nicely browned.
  4. In a large bowl, toss cauliflower with raisins and parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.

I hope you guys give this recipe a try! Tag @daisybeet on Instagram so I can see your creations 🙂

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