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8.15.2011

Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Mint (Wraps Included)

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This weekend has proven to be full of activities and non-stop cleaning and organizing. I am paying for it dearly with my back pain but nothing that a yoga ball and lower back massages can't cure! Right honey????

I am so excited to post today because it is my first entry since signing up to be part of the Secret Recipe Club, which is a monthly blog event hosted by Amanda at Amanda's Cookin'. We are assigned a certain blog and we can choose to cook or bake anything from their site. How fun is that? It is perfect for me because I definitely have needed inspiration for cooking since getting pregnant!

The recipe I am showcasing today comes from the Healthy Green Kitchen. I have been familiar with Winnie who keeps up a beautiful site with wonderful recipes, tips, and photography. If you have a chance to peruse her site make sure to read about her tips on nutrition, wellness, kitchen gardening, and green living. I love to know that I am getting information from a naturopath!


When I was looking through her recipes, it was very hard to choose until I finally came across a lovely recipe for cauliflower.



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Cauliflower is such a forgotten vegetable in my opinion. I mean, Ryan and I both agree we do not like eating it raw, but I often make a Mediterranean recipe that I rotate in and out or menu plan. When I saw this new recipe I knew I was going to love it.


Now truth be told, I had an errand to run so I left the cooking and preparation to Ryan. I came home smelling the aroma of roasting cauliflower.  It was really cute seeing Ryan go outside and pick some fresh mint and cut it up to add to this recipe.


Now I made this part of our lunch on Sunday. Ryan was busy eating leftovers but he wanted to tasted his cooking. I, on the other hand, made this dish part of my lunch. How so?


I drizzled tahini sauce over the cauliflower salad, I then took a piece of pita, added some hummus and piled on the cauliflower. What a great veggie sandwich friends! It was very pleasant and satisfying. If you get a chance you must make this a regular recipe in YOUR home too! Thanks Winnie for a delicious recipe.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Mint


as a side serving (4 servings)
main meal (2-3 servings)

1 head of cauliflower, preferably organic, bottom trimmed off and separated/chopped into florets
6 cloves of garlic, unpeeled and minced
4 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

For cauliflower sandwiches:
(my adaptations)

3-4 fresh pita wraps
3/4 cup hummus

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Place the cauliflower florets interspersed with the minced garlic cloves on a roasting pan. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil.

Place the roasting pan in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes. Carefully remove from the oven (the pan will be very hot) and give the cauliflower a good stir. Put back in oven and roast for 5 more minutes. Carefully taste and see if it's to your liking, or if it needs to cook for a little more time. You want it to be pretty well done, but not burnt.

Remove from the oven. Place in a bowl and drizzle on the vinegar, additional tablespoon of oil and coarse sea salt. Mix everything well, and garnish with the mint. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Sandwich assembly:

Take each pita, divide hummus between 4 pita wraps, add the cauliflower between each and drizzle the tahini sauce over the cauliflower. Wrap the pita and enjoy for lunch!

28 comments:

Lizzy said...

Oh, I love roasted cauliflower! Great choice for the SCR...mmmmmm.

Winnie said...

Beautiful job! So glad you liked this recipe :)

Nadia said...

Looks super delicious, especially with the pita wraps addition! Will try it as soon as possible :)

Sarah S. said...

Roasted cauliflower is in my top ten favorite veggies for sure. Love your version here, I would have never thought to put it in a sandwich. GENIUS!

Caitlin said...

i love roasted cauliflower! and with tahini? magical.

Lisa~~ said...

We eat roasted cauli all the time but never thought to add mint, great idea.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

Cooking Rookie said...

What a lovely healhty recipe!

Erica said...

I think you deserve a prenatal massage ;)...and pedicure too! This looks wonderful. Cauliflower is such an awesome veggie

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

I am a cauliflower ADDICT! Especially roasted. And with hummus, in pita? SWOON.

Stephanie said...

What a delighful recipe and sandwich! Like many of the other commentators, I'm a huge fan of cauliflower (raw, cooked, even the leaves) but I've never thought to pair it with mint. Usually I think curry, cumin, or lemon, mustard, parsley, chives...

Emily Malloy said...

goooorgeous!

chow vegan said...

Everything is better when it's roasted! Looks delicious! I've been putting all sorts of things in wraps lately, so easy and yummy. :-)

Tamar1973 said...

I love cauliflower, especially as a rice substitute for bibimbap.

Monet said...

I'm so glad I have a head of cauliflower in my fridge. This looks heavenly! Thank you for sharing your words and pictures, my friend. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. I'm enjoying your post with a big bowl of watermelon. Just perfect. Much love and many blessings from Austin!

Judee said...

The recipe looks really good , but I especially like your additions of humus . I am visiting from SRC and am now your newest follower. Hope you will follow back.

Trisha said...

I really enjoy cauliflower, but have never tried roasting it before and I wonder why. It looks really delicious. I'm going to put this straight on my "to try" list. Great pick for this months SRC!

Sara said...

Yum, I love roasted cauliflower and it sounds so tasty with these add-ins! :)

Shelby said...

I love cauliflower but just don't eat enough of it. Roasting it (like any veggie) is just mouthwatering delicious!

purabi naha said...

This is a great roasted cauliflower dish! I loved the ingredients used and wow! the picture looks awesome!

Dan said...

That looks amazing. I have a big patch of mint at home that'll be picked to try this in the near future. Thanks for sharing!

Jey said...

I love roasted cauliflower! I'm excited to try it with the tahini on top.

Noelle said...

Thank you for your comments! This recipe is definitely a keeper~

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

I love the combo of mint and garlic here...my kind of dish!

Vivian - Let's Try These... said...

hmmm... love the garlic and roasted cauliflower idea (love roasted cauliflower!) but not a huge fan of mint. Glad it was a success for you!

Jo said...

I agree, cauliflower is a bit ignored. I love the idea of using this in pita, looks really good!

themommybowl.com said...

I love your sandwich adaptation. I'm not a huge mint fan, but that's mostly based on the past and my tastes have expanded a lot in the last few years. I should really give mint a try again...

Jennifer Sikora said...

This sounds like something I might want to try.

Thanks for posting

Jennifer
www.jennifersikora.com

SEO Company Los Angeles said...

Yum! I've been trying to find some good ways to spice up veggies... excited to try this!

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