Roasted Cauliflower

I’ve never had to wear 3 pairs of socks with my Uggs — until today.  Man it’s cold in Oakland, CA.  I’ve been living out here for almost 10 years now but my body is still, and probably will always be, adapted to hot Los Angeles weather — where I was born and raised. Yep I’m a #Lakerfan and I #bleedpurpleandgold.

Thank goodness for this hot cup of Peppermint tea keeping me warm.  Ladies and gentlemen, I think I’ll be alright.  On to the good stuff…

I didn’t know cauliflower was hated by so many people.  Personally, over the years I have come to enjoy this white flowery looking cruciferous vegetable.  In fact, it is one of my favorites because I get to make delicious recipes with it such as roasted cauliflower and mashed cauliflower aka “I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-mashed-potatoes.”  I am slowly winning over new fans of cauliflower when I share with them this roasted cauliflower dish.  If you are not a vegetable lover and are looking for a way to get more veggies into your daily meals, this roasted cauliflower recipe will soon become a favorite.

If you really want to increase your health food game, include at least 2-3 servings of cruciferous vegetables each week. Crucifers are often touted as “the superfoods” of vegetables.  They include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, and bok choy.  A listing of cruciferous vegetables’ benefits include:

  • Lowers risk for cancer
  • Reduces oxidative stress
  • Detox support
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Anti-imflammatory
  • Promotes fat loss
  • Reduces cardiovascular risk
  • Supports immune health

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cauliflower (one medium-sized crown)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest OR 1/4 teaspoon dried lemon peel

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Roasted Cauliflower Ingredients

Roasted Cauliflower Ingredients

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2.  Cut cauliflower into 1.5 inch pieces keeping them as uniform as possible.

3.  Toss cauliflower, olive oil and salt and pepper together in a bowl.

Cauliflower raw - tossed

Cauliflower raw – tossed

4.  Place in one layer on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes then take out and mix around each piece to ensure uniform roasting.

Raw Cauliflower on Baking Sheet

Raw Cauliflower on Baking Sheet

5.  Put back into oven for 12 minutes watching closely for light golden brown color.

6.  Place back into bowl and toss with chives and lemon zest.

Roasted Cauliflower - Done

Roasted Cauliflower – Done

roasted cauliflower - up close

Roasted Cauliflower – al dente

Serve as a side dish or eat cold as a snack. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Makes 2-3 servings. 

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Pan-Grilled Steak with Mashed Cauliflower (with Cooking Video!)

When you want food that tastes like gourmet, sometimes you have to prepare it yourself.  Pan-grilled stead with mashed cauliflower is the ultimate gourmet, comfort meal which can easily be made in your kitchen.  Not only will it save you money by preparing it yourself instead of ordering it at a restaurant, but it will be fresher and the flavors will come together so well, it will actually taste better than the restaurant variety!

pan-grilled steak with mashed cauliflower

Whenever I’m feeling fancy, I enjoy making this dish and pairing it with a good Cabernet.  Sometimes a girl’s gotta treat herself!

I originally posted the Pan-grilled steak recipe here.  But now that I have a cooking video to go along with it, I am posting the recipe in this post.  Read the original post for knowledge on why you should purchase grass-fed meat (nutrients, taste, weight loss, etc), pictures of steak preparation, and other health tidbits.

Pan-Grilled Steak with Mashed Cauliflower
Ingredients
  • 1 steak (cut of choice), 1 inch thick – (I used Ribeye)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil (or fat of choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, divided for each side
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided for each side
  • sprinkle of dried thyme, on each side
  • sprinkle of dried sage, on each side
  • 16oz bag frozen organic cauliflower (or 1 head fresh, chopped)
  • 1/4 cup bone broth (or chicken or vegetable broth; or water)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt & pepepr, each

Instructions

1.  Put broth in a medium sized pot on medium heat on stove until slightly boiling.

2.  Add cauliflower, put top on pot, reduce heat to low-medium and let cook for about 7 minutes. Cauliflower is ready when you can easily pierce it with a fork, but not mushy.  Set aside and let cool.

3.  While cauliflower is cooling, prep your steak by sprinkling thyme, sage, salt, and pepper on both sides of the steak.

4.  Heat a skillet on medium-high heat.  Add the coconut oil.  When oil is heated through, place the steak in the skillet and let cook for about 3 minutes, flip, then cook an additional 3 minutes.

5.  Turn off heat and plate steak.  Let sit while you finish mashing your cauliflower.

6.  Place cauliflower in a mixing bowl.  Add the butter, salt and pepper.

7.  With a hand blender, mash the cauliflower until it resembles mashed potatoes.  If you do not have a hand mixer, you can use a regular blender.

8.  Spoon the cauliflower onto the plate next to the steak.  Enjoy!

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Chika Obih is a certified holistic nutrition consultant; blogger; and founder of Chika Obih Wellness based in Oakland, CA and offers services virtually, in-person or by phone. Chika is passionate about empowering people to take charge of their own health utilizing the power of wholesome, clean foods and fun holistic lifestyle solutions.  Contact Chika today to set up your free consultation.

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