Cauliflower is a great veggie to use in all kinds of meals due to it's versatility, ability to absorb flavors, and chameleon-like properties. It can be turned into so many fantastic meals and sides. One of the nicest and simplest recipes for cauliflower is roasted cauliflower-it can be used as a base for something like veggie chili or eaten alongside rice or quinoa as the main course of a meal. I recently used this simple spicy roasted cauliflower recipe as a main course alongside quinoa. This recipe is perfect for anyone who doesn't love veggies on their own, and can be the perfect way to get a stubborn kid or spouse to add some more veggies to their diet. This recipe isn't too spicy, but if you aren't a fan of spicy dishes or are worried about serving your kids something spicy, simply remove the red pepper flakes from the recipe.
Spicy Roasted CauliflowerIngredients
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, as needed
- Salt, to taste (I recommend pink Himalayan salt)
- Black pepper, to taste
- A few pinches of red pepper flakes
- 2 cloves of garlic chopped finely
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Slice off the nubby base of the cauliflower and slice the remaining chunk into 4 wedges. Slice off the inner core and cut the remaining cauliflower into bite-size (around 1") pieces.
- Put chopped garlic into a baking pan with high sides, drizzle olive oil over the garlic and stick the baking pan in the oven for about 3-5 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant.
- Remove the baking pan from the oven and add your cauliflower pieces. Drizzle more olive oil onto the cauliflower, then add your salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Toss everything together until the cauliflower is entirely coated. Add additional olive oil as needed.
- Arrange the cauliflower in an even layer across the baking pan and stick it in the oven.
- Bake the cauliflower for around 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are a deep golden color. Around 12-15 minutes, remove the cauliflower and toss it again, put back into an even layer and finish baking.
This recipe only takes 30-40 minutes all together, since the prep is quick and straightforward. Once your cauliflower is done, you can serve it alongside a side dish, use it as a side for a larger meal, or even put it into a chili, soup, or another dish. Let me know if you try this recipe and whether or not you liked it. If you have any suggestions or requests for recipes you'd like to see here, leave me a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and don't forget to follow me on social media for exclusive content, giveaways, and other fun stuff!
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