Marinated roasted cauliflower with herby yogurt sauce

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Marinated roasted cauliflower with herby yogurt sauce - simple, healthy, and super tasty :) It's the perfect healthy vegetarian recipe to see in the new year - plus it's gluten-free and easily made vegan too!

Some friends and I went to play bingo the other day. Yes, I am still 26 years old. However, I do enjoy trying new things occasionally (as long as they don’t involve heights, speed, or any kind of spider), so off to the bingo we went.

I’ll admit, I’m not convinced. I don’t think my brain works quickly enough for bingo – major props to any bingo-playing folk who have a clue what they’re doing! I was spending so long looking for each number that I had no time to actually assess my board and decide whether or not I’d made any lines – meaning it felt a bit like a rubbish version of colouring in, where you’re only allowed to use one single felt tip pen, and there’s a vaguely smarmy man incessantly shouting which part you have to colour in next. I also found myself subconsciously adding up how much we’d spent on games as the night progressed, and wondering how many glasses of wine I could have had if we’d just gone to the pub instead.

Marinated roasted cauliflower with herby yogurt sauce - simple, healthy, and super tasty :) It's the perfect healthy vegetarian recipe to see in the new year - plus it's gluten-free and easily made vegan too!

Luckily, my husband is a bit more on the ball than I am and came away with £250 winnings, which certainly helped to ease my resentment a little. Now I just have to hope he’ll share it with me.

Either way, it’s reinforced my knowledge that I’m more cut out for simple things that don’t require too much concentration. Like this marinated roasted cauliflower – it’s easy, it’s straightforward, and it’s super tasty.

Marinated roasted cauliflower with herby yogurt sauce - simple, healthy, and super tasty :) It's the perfect healthy vegetarian recipe to see in the new year - plus it's gluten-free and easily made vegan too!

My favourite thing about this recipe is that the marinade and the herby yogurt sauce are actually basically the same thing. Remember: very little brain power here!

Just whizz up a few ingredients, and use about half of the mixture to toss with the cauliflower before roasting, giving it a lovely flavourful coating. Then add a nice big handful of extra herbs to the remaining mixture, along with some lemon juice and a small drizzle of olive oil, and whizz it up again to make the sauce. One food processor for both mixtures = less washing up = happy Becca.

And it’s a healthy way to start the new year too! Long may it continue! (I’m hoping at least two weeks…)

Marinated roasted cauliflower with herby yogurt sauce - simple, healthy, and super tasty :) It's the perfect healthy vegetarian recipe to see in the new year - plus it's gluten-free and easily made vegan too!

Marinated roasted cauliflower with herby yogurt sauce

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 2
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 clove small garlic
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 4 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
  • Remove the leaves from the cauliflower, and cut into florets. Place the florets on a large baking sheet, and set aside.
  • Add the pine nuts, garlic, and a small amount of parsley to a mini food processor, and blitz to form a paste. Add the Greek yogurt, and blitz again to combine.
  • Dollop around a third or half of the yogurt mixture onto the cauliflower, along with a small drizzle of cooking oil. Mix thoroughly to combine, and roast for about 45 minutes, or until the cauliflower is lightly golden brown.
  • While the cauliflower is roasting, add another big bunch of parsley to the remaining yogurt mixture in the food processor, as well as the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and seasoning to taste. Blitz again to combine.
  • When the cauliflower is ready, serve it with the yogurt sauce.

Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.

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31 Comments

  1. Hehe, easy, straightforward and super tasty does it for me. Love your idea of a two in one sauce and roasted cauliflower is quite delicious. And what a clever husband you have, definitely sounds like it was worth going to Bingo.

  2. I love roasted cauliflower but I usually just do it in oil or a few spices… I should investigate proper marinades a bit more! Thank you for the inspiration :-)

  3. This looks absolutely amazing, definitely something to try when I am on look out for new recipes :-)

    Wish you a lovely weekend x

  4. Hi Becca, yes bingo remember it well, my daughter decided she wanted to be born before the numbers
    Were called so had to leave early. That was forty one years ago .never had roasted cauliflower but will
    Try it.

  5. Yum! I have two gigantic caulis in my fridge, now I know what I’m doing with them! Pinning both recipes immediately, thank you. The one and only time played bingo was when my eldest was at first school – I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing and shouted out at totally the wrong time – the serious bingo afficionados were scandalised and my boy was mortified!