Cheezy Roasted Cauliflower. Vegan. Plant-based and gluten-free. Made with 4 minute cheeze sauce (cheese sauce), smoked almonds, dates and sweet & spicy onions.

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower (Vegan)

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I did it for 4 days running last week while testing this recipe.

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower (Vegan)

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower (Vegan)

It’s actually not much of a challenge at all because this Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower is so damn tasty.

I promise.

This is a great recipe if you’re moving toward a plant-based diet cause it makes a filling and delicious dinner all on its own. But if you’re an omnivore or a reducetarian or just don’t feel like eating a whole head of cauliflower for dinner, then this also makes an excellent side dish.

This recipe uses my revolutionary 4 minute cheeze sauce mix which is a super fast way to make cheeze sauce. If you’re in a hurry, you can just roast some cauliflower, pour the cheeze sauce on top and call dinner done.

If you have a bit more time, chop up the dates and smoked almonds and include those too. And for the deluxe version, make some Sweet & Spicy Caramelized Pearl Onions and toss them into the mix. You can cook those the same time that you’re roasting the cauliflower. It takes a bit of prep time to get the skins off the tiny onions, so plan to make that version when you’re not starving. Or make the onions ahead — they’ll keep for 4-5 days in the fridge.

Cheezy Roasted Cauliflower. Vegan. Plant-based and gluten-free. Made with 4 minute cheeze sauce (cheese sauce), smoked almonds, dates and sweet & spicy onions.

Cheezy Roasted Cauliflower. Vegan. Plant-based and gluten-free. Made with 4 minute cheeze sauce (cheese sauce), smoked almonds, dates and sweet & spicy onions.

 

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower (Vegan)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Plant-based and gluten-free, this meal in a bowl features roasted cauliflower, an easy vegan cheese sauce, smoked almonds, and dates. Make the deluxe version by topping it with sweet and spicy caramelized onion. Works as lunch, dinner, or a side. 

Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: cauliflower with cheeze sauce, cauliflower with vegan cheese sauce, eat a whole head of cauliflower, roasted cauliflower
Diet: reducetarian, vegan
Servings: 4 sides
Author: Sylvia Eastman
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dates, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon smoked almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2/3 rds cup 4 minute cheeze sauce mix + 1 cup water {See instructions for link to mix recipe.}
Optionally, if you don't have 4 minute cheeze sauce mix:
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Optionally, 1 cup of Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Onions {See instructions for link to recipe}
Instructions
  1. If using, make the Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Onions. {The recipe makes 2 cups and you only need 1 for the cauliflower, but see the onion recipe for lots of great uses for the remaining cup.}

  2. Make the cauliflower: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop cauliflower into approx 1 inch cubes. Put it into a bowl and toss with olive oil. Place on baking sheet and roast for about 25-30 minutes, until the edges are brown, and smaller pieces are looking crispy.

  3. Prepare the cheeze sauce. Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend for one minute, and then transfer to a small saucepan. Heat to medium and stir until sauce is thickened and stretchy, 3 to 6 minutes. Turn heat off and set aside until cauliflower is ready. 

  4. Combine the roasted cauliflower, cheeze sauce, dates, almonds, and onions if using. 

Recipe Notes

Storage and Reheating

I think this is best when the cauliflower is hot out of the oven, but if you have leftovers, you can reheat in the microwave or oven. If you have leftover cheese sauce, you can reheat in a small saucepan. 

About 4 Minute Cheese/Cheeze Sauce Mix

This is just a pre-combined version of all of the cheese sauce ingredients, except the water. You can find the recipe for this awesome pantry staple here. I made the pantry-staple version because I was using the cheeze sauce so often, it just saved a bit of time. 

 

PIN: Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower

Cheezy Roasted Cauliflower. Vegan. Plant-based and gluten-free. Made with 4 minute cheeze sauce (cheese sauce), smoked almonds, dates and sweet & spicy onions.

Cheezy Roasted Cauliflower. Vegan. Plant-based and gluten-free. Made with 4 minute cheeze sauce (cheese sauce), smoked almonds, dates, and sweet & spicy onions.

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    • Hi 2020! Have you tried roasting cauliflower before? It really does make a big difference to the flavour. And of course the addition of the cheeze sauce, with the almonds and dates and onions adds to the experience too! I hope it makes you a convert! Let me know!

  7. I am finally making this for dinner tomorrow. Cannot wait. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

      • Dana says:

        It was delish! Our cauliflower was huge, though. I could have used a double batch of the magical cheez. And pearl onions down here also seem to be huge, which was odd. We didn’t manage to eat the whole head, but I’ll polish it off in my lunch tomorrow.

      • Yay! I’m glad you liked it! My cauliflower was about 4 cups so that’s a bit of a guideline. And I didn’t know pearl onions could be huge! Good to know! Thanks for letting me know how it want! I have a tomato recipe coming soon! I know you love your tomatoes!

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