Sometimes you just need a fun way to switch up your veggies. So how about roasting a whole cauliflower? Roasted cauliflower is good when you just do it as florets, but there’s something kind of fun about prepping it whole. And easy. (It’s really easy.)
I tried a few different versions of this before settling on these flavours, which are Mexican inspired. Chili, cumin, cayenne, salt and a drizzle of lime juice. Then if you’re feeling crazy, top it with some fresh cilantro.
Prepping this is super simple. Cut and remove the stem and leaves of your cauliflower, but keep the head intact. Wash the cauliflower and pat it dry with a clean dish towel. Rub the surface of the cauliflower with olive oil. Press the spice mixture onto the cauliflower, coating it completely. Then roast whole for about 45 minutes at 400F. Drizzle with lime juice and top with cilantro. It’s like maybe 5 minutes of prep time and then just sit back and let it cook.
This makes a great side dish to go with a Mexican meal. Or you can also use the roasted cauliflower as the filling for veggie tacos if that’s your thing. (That’s what I did with some of mine, and oh boy, I’ll be doing that again!)
- 1 head cauliflower
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp chili
- 1 tsp cumin
- ⅛ tsp cayenne
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- Chopped cilantro (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Cut stem and leaves off of cauliflower while keeping the head intact.
- Wash the cauliflower head and pat dry with a clean dish towel.
- Place cauliflower on a tin foil lined baking sheet.
- Drizzle olive oil on cauliflower and use your hands to spread it evenly. (It's a little messy, but that's okay!) The entire cauliflower should get coated with a light layer of oil.
- Mix together dry spices (chili, cumin, cayenne and salt) in a small bowl.
- Using dry hands, pat the spices onto the cauliflower, coating it fully. The spice mixture will stick to the olive oil.
- Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a knife slides into cauliflower easily.
- Remove from oven and drizzle with lime juice and top with chopped cilantro (optional).