Roasted Cauliflower Quinoa Bowl

Roasted Cauliflower Quinoa Bowl

This wholesome, vegan roasted cauliflower quinoa bowl is the perfect one-bowl meal, made with protein-rich quinoa and a fresh and tangy avocado lime dressing. It’s light and fresh, yet surprisingly filling. A delicious vegan meal that non-vegans can enjoy as a main or a side dish.

I have a confession to make. I’m obsessed with cauliflower. It actually surprises me that I haven’t posted more cauliflower-inspired recipes on the Blog, considering I roast an entire head of cauliflower at least once a week. If you’ve never tasted roasted cauliflower, you’re missing out. Slowly roasting the cauliflower coaxes out all the natural sugars, resulting in sweet, caramelized, tender florets.

My other obsession? Quinoa. It should be a pantry staple in everyone’s kitchen. It has a rich, nutty flavour, is loaded with protein, and tastes delicious with just about everything. There is always a bag or two of quinoa stashed in my pantry. Albeit quinoa is easy to come by nowadays, the quality of it varies extensively. Since I consume it so often it’s important for me to choose the best quality brand, like GoGo Quinoa ™. The combination of the caramelized cauliflower and the nutty quinoa, dressed with a creamy and tangy avocado lime vinaigrette makes this clean eating recipe full of fresh, simple flavours, yet rich and satisfying too!

I have one more confession to make. Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t convince my kids to eat this. For starters, there’s green in it. Enough said. Secondly, they have yet to appreciate cauliflower as much as I do – no matter which way I prepare it. It’s all good. They’ll get there, and in the meantime, I’ll serve myself seconds!

Roasted Cauliflower Quinoa Bowl

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Roasted Cauliflower Quinoa Bowl

2017-05-06
: Serves 2-4
: 5 min
: 20 min

This wholesome, vegan roasted cauliflower quinoa bowl is the perfect one-bowl meal, made with protein-rich quinoa and a fresh and tangy avocado lime dressing. It’s light and fresh, yet surprisingly filling. A delicious vegan meal that non-vegans can enjoy as a main or a side dish. I have a confession to make. I’m obsessed with cauliflower. …

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Ingredients
    5 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped into florets
  • 2-3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ripe Hass avocado
  • juice of 1/2 small lime
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp. dried cumin
  • 1 tbs. water
  • 1/2 garlic clove (optional)
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill (optional)
  • 2-3 scallions, finely diced (optional)
Directions

Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Once the quinoa is cooked remove immediately from the heat and transfer it to a medium serving bowl.

In the meantime, turn the oven on to 400 degrees. Remove the stems from the cauliflower and chop roughly into 2 inch florets. Transfer the cauliflower florets to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil and add the cumin then toss with your hands to coat the cauliflower evenly. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the florets are golden and tender. Remove from the oven and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

For the avocado aioli, blend the all of the remaining ingredients in a small food processor until smooth and creamy. Add the cauliflower florets to the quinoa with the avocado aioli and mix together gently to combine. Garnish with finely diced scallions or fresh dill, if desired.

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