Healthy Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower Recipe
Looking for something new to serve up for dinner tonight? This roasted cauliflower recipe is sure to please, and it’s pretty easy to pull together!
Cauliflower may not be the first vegetable you think of when it comes to boosting your health, but don’t let the lack of color fool you. Cauliflower is actually packed full of nutritional benefits to improve your health and well-being in a variety of ways.
First, 1 cup of cauliflower contains over 70% of your daily recommended value of Vitamin C. With this alone, this cruciferous vegetable offers amazing antioxidant and immune support.
Even better, diets containing cauliflower have also been linked to cancer prevention, especially breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer, among others. There are a few reasons for such benefits, including cauliflower’s natural detoxifying properties, its anti-inflammatory properties, and of course its antioxidant content.
This is all in addition to the high fiber content of cauliflower, making this side dish a totally satisfying, metabolism-boosting choice.
Super Easy Roasted Cauliflower Recipe
This recipe is definitely my favorite cauliflower recipe on the books. It takes only a few minutes of prep time and can even be prepared in advance. Since it’s roasted, there’s really no work once it enters the oven.
Here’s what you need to get this side dish right…
- 8 cups of cauliflower florets (no more than 1 inch thick) – usually one large head of cauliflower works
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of dried marjoram
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
- ½ cup of low-fat shredded parmesan cheese
Preheat your over to 450 degrees (F). In a large bowl, toss the dried cauliflower with oil, marjoram, salt, and pepper. Grab a large baking dish or rimmed baking sheet and spread out the cauliflower pieces. Place on middle rack, and roast for about 15 to 20 minutes, until cauliflower starts to soften and brown.
Remove from the oven, and toss the cauliflower with vinegar and toss with parmesan cheese. Place back in oven and roast until the cheese melts, usually another 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
This recipe makes 4 servings, and is the perfect side dish to any meal! Low in fat, high in fiber, and totally delicious, this one is guaranteed to be a hit.
Looking for more tasty veggie recipes?
There’s a lot more you can do with veggies than you may think. This Super Healthy Chickpea Salad Recipe is one of my other favorites, and can be served as a meal on its own!
Also try my Quinoa Salad Recipes, another totally healthy side dish! If you’re looking for a new alternative to the same old carbs, quinoa is the place to start.
Whatever you do, try to include more veggies in your diet. Not only will they support your overall health, they’ll also improve your results at the gym, whether your goal is to build muscle or lose weight.
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