The holiday season is nearly upon us! This typically lazy and indulgent period is full of opportunities to feast ourselves into a serious food coma. This two-part entrée (originally created for vegan footwear brand Native Shoes) is 100 percent delicious. Skip the tryptophan this year in favor of a flavorful roasted cauliflower surrounded by a rich and creamy warm kale salad. Your guests will be impressed by your out-of-the-box choice and ooh and ah over its beauty.
Preheat oven to 425 F and line baking sheet with parchment paper and two strips of tinfoil (long enough to wrap around cauliflower). Position one piece of tinfoil vertically and the other horizontally (like a plus sign).
Slice off base of cauliflower so it can sit upright—but don’t slice too much, as you want cauliflower to stay intact.
In small container, whisk (or shake) together olive oil, rosemary, lemon zest, juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
Place cauliflower on baking sheet. Pour sauce over cauliflower, getting sauce into all the cracks—massage it in. Wrap cauliflower with tinfoil, making sure the opening is at the top (so juices don’t pour out onto pan).
Roast cauliflower for around 70 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when you can easily poke a small sharp knife into tinfoil-wrapped cauliflower. Remove tinfoil and cook for another 10 minutes—this will crisp it up. Keep an eye on cauliflower to make sure it doesn’t burn. Once done, wrap cauliflower with tinfoil to keep warm.
Add all dressing ingredients to medium-sized bowl, and whisk together—you’ll have leftovers!
Line one large and two small baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. (If you don’t have small baking sheets, any oven-proof casserole dish or pot will do.)
Wash and trim Brussels sprouts, then cut in half. Blanch in boiling water for 1 minute, then place in cold water. Once Brussels sprouts are cool, drain cold water and pat sprouts until they’re semi-dry. Toss with a few tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and spread them onto small baking sheet. Roast in oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown, flipping them once around the 8-minute mark (or wait to roast sprouts at same time as remaining vegetables). Remove from oven and cover to keep warm.
Prepare kale by washing, drying, de-stemming and tearing leaves into bite-sized pieces. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and spread onto small baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes or until crispy (keep an eye on them as they burn fast!).
Cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and throw them, along with radishes, into big bowl. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper before transferring to large baking sheet. Cut lemons in half and rub with olive oil. Place lemons cut-side down on baking sheet as well. Roast for 30 minutes or until desired tenderness. Aim to have salad ingredients in oven when your whole roasted cauliflower has 30 minutes left on timer.
Once all salad ingredients are roasted, toss together with about half of the dressing.
To serve, place roasted cauliflower at center of extra large platter. With hands or tongs, surround cauliflower with warm kale salad. Sprinkle with extra vegan parmesan cheese and garnish with rosemary sprigs, roasted Meyer lemons and purple kale leaves, if desired.
This recipe is part of the A Holiday-Worthy Vegan Menu collection.
This Mexican-Mediterranean hybrid dish gleans its tempered kick from parched ancho chilies, the dried form of poblano peppers known for their smoky quality and sweet to moderate heat. It’s a fantastic saucy, and comforting, appetizer or meal on its own. Serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit of the red sauce, or spoon over cooked grain. Chili choices Experiment with different dried Mexican chili peppers in your dishes. Instead of ancho, other options, each with different heat levels and flavour nuances, include pasilla, guajillo, or morita. Look for them in Latin markets and some supermarkets. For leftover lovers Because the flavours in this dish only deepen with resting time, it’s a definite candidate for serving as leftovers; simply reheat in the oven or microwave. Cheezy choices If possible, compare labels and look for lower-sodium feta options. A ball of fresh mozzarella or bocconcini are great alternatives, or try a block of medium-firm tofu and substitute agave syrup in place of the honey for a vegan-friendly dish.
A good option for both backyard barbecues and healthy snacking, this creamy dip benefits from a little spicy crunch, courtesy of quick-pickled peppers. If you want your dip to have a smoky edge, blend in a chipotle-flavoured salsa. Or forgo the salsa and, instead, blend in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and a single canned chipotle chili pepper. Extras of the pickled peppers are an exciting topping for burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. TIP : When using prepared chili pepper products such as bottled salsas, examine the ingredient list for items you really don’t want or need, namely sugar and high amounts of sodium.
Treat yourself to a steak dinner, using tofu instead of meat. The tangy chili-spiked marinade does double-duty as a finishing sauce and transforms otherwise bland tofu into a dish that’ll sound your taste buds’ fire alarm. Bird’s eye pepper would be a good substitute for habanero if needed. Dousing the fire If you find yourself with a mouth on fire after taking a bite of a chili-infused dish, don’t try to douse it with water. Instead, reach for a glass of milk. The protein casein in dairy is known to help subdue the flame. Water won’t help nearly as much.
Ice cream cakes and/or cookies are everyone’s favourite. And here’s a great option for a delicious “Dad’s” cookie cake that’s gluten free! A simple-to-make cookie cake that’s made even easier when the dough is tossed together in a food processor. End a delicious Dad’s Day meal with this deliciously cool and creamy sweet dessert. Best beer? Extra yum when served with small glasses of chocolate-flavoured stout or porter. When Dad loves his cookies We made this delicious dessert into a cake, but it can easily be made into individual ice cream cookies. Roll out dough into 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness and cut into 2 in (5 cm) rounds. Bake, cool, and chill. Once chilled, spoon ice cream in between chilled cookies. Freeze until firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate or dip into melted chocolate.