Garlic Lemon Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

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cauliflowerRoasting brings out the best in vegetables. During roasting, the vegetable reduces by almost half as the water evaporates, which intensifies the sugar content, leading to caramelization and a crunchy texture. And while you are enjoying how good it tastes, know that you will be enjoying health benefits too. Studies link cauliflower to cancer prevention.

This is also good reheated the next day. In fact, make sure you make enough just so you can have some the next day. You can also add quinoa and some seasoned toasted walnuts like I explain here for an amazing healthy vegetarian dish.

3 large garlic cloves minced
3 tablespoons olive or canola oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (If you don’t have any the recipe will still be delicious)
1 large head cauliflower, washed, dried and separated into florets
½ tsp salt
Black pepper to taste
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

NOTE: I use Costco’s 2 pound bag of pre-cut cauliflower. Using a paring knife, cut the pieces into approximately the same sizes. For the 2 pounds of cauliflower, use 5 garlic cloves, 5 Tbsp olive oil, 3 Tbsp lemon juice, 3/4 tsp salt, pepper to taste, roast then top with a little less than half a cup of parmesan.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.  Get a large cookie sheet and line it with foil.

Place the oil, lemon, garlic and salt and pepper in a large resealable bag. Add cauliflower and shake to mix. (Cook’s note: this can be done one or two days ahead)

Pour into the prepared pan into a single layer. Don’t crowd.

Bake for 15 and check doneness. If you want it more well cooked let it roast another 5 minutes. I like mine at about 22 minutes. Top with Parmesan cheese and bake for 2 minutes, until golden brown.

Serve immediately. It is best right out of the oven but it is also wonderful rewarmed the next day.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 122
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9 g 13 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 9 %
Monounsaturated Fat 5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 5 mg 2 %
Sodium 324 mg 13 %
Potassium 20 mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 9 g 3 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g 14 %
Sugars 4 g
Protein 5 g 10 %
Vitamin A 1 %
Vitamin C 113 %
Calcium 9 %
Iron 4 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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