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‘Cheesy’ Whole Roasted Cauliflower [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Hmmm…roasted cauliflower. I find that this recipe turns even cauliflower haters into fans. So what makes this cauliflower “cheesy” but dairy free you may be wondering? No I did not use fake or imitation cheese (yucky). I used nutritional yeast, which is a healthy alternative to cheese that has a delicious nutty cheese flavor that will blow your mind, cheese lover or not.

“Cheese” Whole Roasted Cauliflower [Vegan, Gluten-Free]



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  • 1 (2.5 lb/1.15 kg) head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoon of water (more if mixture is to dry)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala spice mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° and lightly grease a small baking sheet with vegetable oil. Set aside.
  2. Trim the base of the cauliflower to remove any green leaves and the woody stem.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the oil,water, nutritional yeast and all spices,salt and pepper.
  4. Dunk the cauliflower into the bowl and use a brush or your hands to smear the marinade evenly over its surface.
  5. Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the surface is dry and lightly browned, 30 to 40 minutes. The marinade will make a crust on the surface of the cauliflower.
  6. Let the cauliflower cool for 10 minutes before cutting it into wedges and serving alongside a big green salad.

Nutrional Information

Total Calories: 423 | Total Carbs: 46 g | Total Fat: 15 g | Total Protein: 27 g | Total Sodium: 253 g | Total Sugar: 14 g

(Per Serving) Calories: 106 | Carbs: 12 g | Fat: 4 g | Protein: 7 g | Sodium: 63 g | Sugar: 4 g





Healthy plant-based recipes for the active lifestyle. Zuzana Fajkusova and Nikki Lefler are Personal Wellness Coaches, authors of The Vegan Weightloss Manifesto and all around lovers of abundance and nourishment based in Vancouver, Canada. Through they blog  Activevegetarian.com they inspire others to live a healthy, active, plant-based lifestyle. 



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10 Months Ago

I love this recipe my family asks for it when I haven\'t made it in a while.
Looks so nice on a holiday table too!

1 Years Ago

I was all set to make this but the webage won\'t print it so I will pass on this and the other onegreenplanet.org recipies.


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