Cauliflower gets some Spanish-inspired flair in this easy roasted vegetable dish. The flavorful combination of turmeric, saffron, and roasted red peppers really makes it something special! You can serve this as a side dish or as part of an assortment of tapas.

Sweet Saffron Roasted Cauliflower and Peppers [Vegan]

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  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1-2 pinches saffron threads
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Chop cauliflower and red peppers and set aside.
  3. Make the sauce by combining the turmeric, saffron, water, garlic, syrup, and oil in a saucepan and heat over low for approximately 3-4 minutes. Stir until the turmeric, garlic and saffron become fragrant. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.
  4. Transfer the sliced veggies to a large bowl and pour the sauce over top. Shake until veggies are coated and spread out on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Roast in the oven for approximately 30-35 minutes until golden brown, turning over the vegetables once halfway through baking time. Serve as a side or as tapas!


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