“Cheesy” Whole Roasted Cauliflower

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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.

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"Cheesy" Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Amazingly delicious dish that’s as dramatic in presentation as it is easy in preparation. Serve it with a big green salad for an easy weeknight supper or your next vegetarian to dinner party.
Prep Time1 hr
Servings: 4


  • 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


  • Preheat the oven to 400° and lightly grease a small baking sheet with vegetable oil. Set aside.
  • Trim the base of the cauliflower to remove any green leaves and the woody stem.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the oil,water, nutritional yeast and all spices,salt and pepper.
  • Dunk the cauliflower into the bowl and use a brush or your hands to smear the marinade evenly over its surface.
  • 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.
  • Let the cauliflower cool for 10 minutes before cutting it into wedges and serving alongside a big green salad.


vegan, vegetarian,gluten free
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