Roasted Cauliflower with Green Tahini Sauce

I like how this recipe uses the entire cauliflower, including stems and leaves. Inspired by Ottolenghi’s recipe in his cookbook “Simple”, I tweaked it to suit my time limit, by roasting the cauliflower in pieces instead of whole. I cut down on the fat by using olive oil spray instead of oil and butter. I added nutritional yeast to round out the flavor. I roasted a small potato I had hanging around the fridge, then cut it up and scattered it around the roasted cauliflower. It was a very satisfying vegetarian/ vegan meal.

Ingredients:

I large head of cauliflower

Olive oil spray

one or two small potatoes

1/4 cup tahini

1/2 bunch parsley with stems

1 small garlic clove

1 tsp Kosher salt

3 Tb lemon juice from a small lemon

1/3 cup water

2 Tb nutritional yeast

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375′

Fill a pot with enough salted boiling water that you can fit your cauliflower in without overflowing.

Place cauliflower head-down into the water and bring to a second boil. Let cook for 5 minutes. Use tongs to remove it to a plate and let it cool for about 5 minutes. It should easily be cut into pieces using a pair of kitchen shears or a knife. Use the entire cauliflower, including the stem and leaves.

Spray a roasting pan with olive oil spray. Place cauliflower pieces in pan and spray with more olive oil spray on both sides.

Pierce a small potato or two and place on the oven rack.

Roast for 45 minutes.

While the cauliflower is roasting, make the tahini sauce:

Combine the tahini, garlic, parsley and yeast in a food processor. Run for about a minute, scrape bowl and run again. Pour in water, lemon juice and salt and run the processor until it is smooth.

When cauliflower is nice and golden brown, remove from the oven and pull out the potato(es). Slice the potato(es) and scatter on the cauliflower. Pour the sauce over the cauliflower and serve.

Cauliflower Cheese and Potato Soup

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This simple soup is a delicious warm-me-up on a cold day. Roasting the cauliflower adds a nice flavor to the soup. Creamy without adding cream.

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1 large head cauliflower

1 medium onion

2 small cloves garlic

4 cups chicken broth. You can substitute vegetable broth for a vegetarian soup.

2 large Yukon gold potatoes or one large Russet potato

3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Approximately 3 Tb olive oil for roasting and sauteing

Directions: Preheat oven to 425′

caulifloweretsCut the cauliflower into florets, toss with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt in a baking pan.

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Roast cauliflower for 20 minutes, until it is golden brown and crispy at the edges.

While cauliflower is roasting, chop onion and saute in olive oil in the bottom of a big heavy saucepan. Smash and mince garlic and add to onion. Saute over medium heat until translucent. Add the chicken stock (or vegetable stock) and heat to boiling. While soup is heating, peel the potatoes and chop into small cubes. Add to the boiling soup.

Add most of the roasted cauliflower, reserving about 1/3 cup for garnish. Let soup cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.

While soup is cooking, grate the sharp cheddar cheese.

When potatoes are soft, add the soup in batches to a blender. Blend in batches and set aside in a large mixing bowl. Add the cheese to the last batch, then pour back into the pot. Pour all the blended soup into the pot and heat until it’s hot enough to serve, stirring well. Adjust salt and pepper.

Pour the soup into bowls. Garnish with the reserved roasted cauliflowerets.