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This roasted cauliflower recipe will be your new favorite side

Need to jazz up your weeknight routine? This healthy cauliflower dish is packed with Sicilian flavor.
Cauliflower supplies 3 grams of fiber and more than half of your daily vitamin C requirements in each 30-calorie cup.
Cauliflower supplies 3 grams of fiber and more than half of your daily vitamin C requirements in each 30-calorie cup.Amy Neunsinger

One of my favorite Sicilian-inspired dishes that my grandmother used to make was pasta with cauliflower, raisins, capers and toasted bread crumbs. I have dropped the pasta and bread crumbs and roasted the cauliflower with my favorite healthy spice, turmeric. To achieve the same texture that the bread crumbs provided, I use crispy quinoa, which is nothing more than cooked quinoa sautéed in oil until crunchy. If you love the quinoa topping, you can add it to salads, soups and, of course, pasta. My only caveat with eating anything containing turmeric is that it stains like crazy, so don’t put out your best napkins with this dish!

Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower with Raisins, Capers and Crispy Quinoa



1 large head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into 2-inch florets

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

5 tablespoons unrefined virgin coconut oil or olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons capers, drained and patted dry

1/3 cup unsulfured golden raisins

1/2 cup hot water

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

3/4 cup Crispy Quinoa (recipe below)

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley


1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower florets with the turmeric and 3 tablespoons of the oil. Arrange the cauliflower in one layer on the prepared baking sheets. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast until the cauliflower is golden and tender, 40 to 45 minutes.

3. While the cauliflower is roasting, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and saute, stirring occasionally, until the edges are just golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the capers and cook until they start to open up, about 3 more minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat.

4. In a medium-size bowl, soak the raisins in the hot water and vinegar until softened and plumped, about 10 minutes. Drain.

5. Transfer the roasted cauliflower to a serving bowl. Sprinkle the raisins and garlic mixture on top, then toss to combine. Taste for seasoning. Top the cauliflower with crispy quinoa and parsley.

Crispy Quinoa


1 ½ teaspoons unrefined, virgin coconut oil

3/4 cup cooked quinoa

1. Heat the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the quinoa and cook, stirring frequently, until crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Can be done 1 day in advance and kept in a sealed container at room temperature.

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Excerpted from Kitchen Matters: More than 100 Recipes and Tips to Transform the Way You Cook and Eat—Wholesome, Nourishing, Unforgettable by Pamela Salzman. Copyright © 2017.


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