Honestly, I don’t really like cauliflower!
If you boil it, steam it or roast it, it tastes like nothing to me and can sometimes smells like foul. But I end up buying one every couple of weeks or so because I try to include it in my meals since cruciferous veggies are really nutritious and then leave it in the fridge until it’s about to go bad. I end up using it because I HATE wasting food. I add it to my roast veggies but never really enjoy it.
Last week, I bought two big ones from the farmer’s market and swore to myself that I would manage to make something yummy with cauliflower and not waste a single bite.
Now I’ve tried cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza bases, cauliflower patties, you name it I’ve tried it! I won’t share any of the recipes here because, so far, I didn’t make anything I REALLY enjoyed if I’m being completely honest. I’ll keep trying though.
The only way I’ve ever really enjoyed cauliflower is the way my grandma makes it – drowning in white sauce, covered in cheese and baked in the oven. You don’t need to be a nutritionist to know that this recipe isn’t healthy (but so yummy).
So instead, I thought why not use nutritional yeast? Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast; it is not inflammatory like bakers’ yeast and brewers’ yeast. It is rich in B Vitamins and a variety of other vitamins and minerals and very low in calories, carbohydrates and high in protein. It has a really nice cheesy flavour and you can find both powder and flake forms. I used nutritional yeast flakes and FINALLY I have a delicious recipe I’m so happy to share here.
1 head cauliflower cut up into small florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup nutritional yeast
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 180C
Add cauliflower florets to a bowl and start by mixing in oil, toss well. Add all remaining ingredients and toss well ensuring all florets are properly seasoned and coated in nutritional yeast. Bake in the over at 180C for twenty minutes until golden and crispy and florets are cooked all the way through but still firm.
The nutritional yeast flakes add both a nice cheesy flavour and a nice crunch. It’s almost like you’ve replaced cheese and breadcrumbs with it in this recipe. And who doesn’t like cheese and breadcrumbs? Making a much healthier version which is much lower in calories and contains no saturated fats is just an extra bonus!
I hope you try these out; if you do let me know how it goes and if you like them 🙂
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