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Cauliflower with Pesto {Tasty Vegan Gluten-Free}

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Cauliflower and Pesto {Tasty Vegan Gluten-Free}

Blanched cauliflower and then briefly broiled with a pinch of freshly ground black pepper is perfect to mix with homemade yummy vegan pesto. Truly an all-around super food tasty vegetable dish. Cauliflower itself is a nutrient rich superfood. Homemade pesto features tender parsley, leek greens and capers, all are super food. Such a clean eating, gluten-free, and super delicious vegan side dish that is amazingly satisfying and versatile.

Cauliflower with Homemade Pesto
Cauliflower with Homemade Pesto

Why cauliflower is a superfood you should eat often?

Cauliflower contains bountiful of essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. It is also high in fiber and rich in antioxidants and sulforaphane.

One nutrient cauliflower is especially rich in is choline. People may not have heard of it before, but choline plays a hugely important role in the fundamental well-being of the entire body systems. For example, regulate metabolism and brain function, as well as DNA production.

How to cook a tasty cauliflower?

Cauliflower has a mild neutral flavor and taste, to a degree almost bland. The good news is that you can easily influence the cauliflower to the delicious flavor chosen. Two simple ways to start with.

You can either mix the cauliflower with a tasty sauce, like pesto; or braise cauliflower with a scrumptious broth.

Braised Cauliflower with a delicious broth

For instance, if you have cooked delicious Nanjing Salted Duck, you can take advantage of the highly concentrated yummy broth left in the wok. Braised cauliflower and black fungus with the duck juice is truly a quick, easy and tasty cauliflower dish.

Braised Cauliflower and Black Fungus
Braised Cauliflower and Black Fungus

Cauliflower with Pesto Ingredients:

You will need one whole cauliflower, homemade pesto sauce, one lemon and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper.

Cauliflower with Pesto Ingredients

How to make Cauliflower with Pesto?

The first is to make a basic pesto sauce

how to make pesto step-by-step
how to make pesto step-by-step

Super easy to make this basic, tasty and long-lasting pesto. Make it in advance and store in the refrigerator. Read here for a detailed guided recipe.

The second is to mix the basic homemade pesto with lemon juice and lemon zest

zest lemon for Cauliflower with pesto

Use a citrus zester to zest a lemon. Then cut the lemon into half, squeeze half lemon juice using a hand juicer. Add lemon zest and juice into homemade pesto, and mix well using a silicone mini spatula.

The third is to blanch cauliflower

Blanched Cauliflower
Blanched Cauliflower

Fill a large stockpot (8 Qt.) with water, cover the lid and bring it to a boil. Add the cauliflower chunks, mix well, and then cover the lid and bring it back to a boil. After that, turn the heat to simmer and cook for an additional 1 minute and then turn off the heat. Remove the cauliflower from the stockpot using a spider skimmer and drain. ,

Try to leave stems as long as possible, they taste great.

The fourth is to broil cauliflower briefly with a pinch of black pepper

Blanched first and then broiled cauliflower
Blanched first and then broiled cauliflower

Spread the blanched cauliflower on a baking pan, sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper, and broil on high for 6 minutes. Mix and flip at 3 minute mark.

All done! Enjoy a super yummy and healthy cauliflower with pesto.

Cauliflower and Pesto {Tasty Vegan Gluten-Free}

Cauliflower with Pesto Recipe {Easy Tasty Vegan Gluten-Free}

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Blanched cauliflower and then briefly broiled with a pinch of freshly ground black pepper is perfect to mix with homemade yummy vegan pesto. Such a clean eating, gluten-free, and super delicious vegan side dish that is amazingly satisfying and versatile.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole cauliflower, about 2 lbs
  • 1/2 lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

For homemade basic Pesto:

  • 4 oz young leek greens
  • 4 oz tender parsley
  • 10 grams of capers, about 0.35 oz
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, organic, extra virgin
  • 2 tsp Himalyan Pink Salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

Instructions

Make Basic Homemade Pesto

  1. Read here for a detailed step-by-step tutorial and guided recipe.
    Homemade Pesto {Yummy Healthy Versatile Way}

Add Lemon zest and Lemon Juice:

  1. Wash one lemon, zest the entire outer layer skin using a citrus zester.
    zest lemon for Cauliflower with pesto
  2. Cut lemon into halves and squeeze half lemon juice using a hand juicer
  3. Add both lemon zest and lemon juice into basic pesto. Mix well using a silicone spatula.

Blanch and Broil Cauliflower:

  1. Fill a large stockpot with water. Turn the heat to medium-high, add the lid and bring to a boil, about 15 minutes.
  2. While waiting, prepare cauliflower. Wash cauliflower well. Trim the ends and outer leaves and then cut along the natural stem lines into chunks. Try to save the tender stems as much as possible.
    Cauliflower with Pesto Ingredients
  3. Add cauliflower chunks into the boiling water, mix well, add the lid back on and bring to a boil again. About 4 minutes.
  4. Turn the heat to simmer and cook for another 1 minute.
  5. Remove blanched cauliflower chunks from the stockpot using a skimmer and drain over a colander. Place the colander over a plate or saucepan.
    Blanched Cauliflower
  6. Spread the cauliflower on a baking pan, sprinkle evenly with 1/2 tsp black pepper.
  7. Turn the oven to "broil", set to high and broil for 3 minutes.
  8. Mix and turn the cauliflower chunks and broil for another 3 minutes.


All done! Enjoy a super yummy and healthy cauliflower with pesto.
Cauliflower with Homemade Pesto

Notes

  • This homemade pesto recipe produces about 3 cups of pesto. You will need about 1.5 cups of pesto for a whole cauliflower. Therefore I scaled down the quantity in this recipe. You can either follow the original pesto recipe so that you have some extra pesto to make something else delicious, such as super delicious vegan pasta salad; or use the volume specified in this recipe but follow the same steps in the original recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 1102mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 8gSugar: 5gProtein: 9g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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