Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower

This Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower is like no other Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece that comes completely vegan, gluten-free, and delicious. A healthy and easy way to indulge in a flavorful dish without missing traditional meat dishes during the holidays.Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Eating a vegan diet has proven to be the best choice I’ve made (diet wise) in a really long time. I remember thinking to myself, “How in the heck am I going to really stick to this when I couldn’t even stick to eating vegetarian?”.

But I must say, that this has been such an eye opening experience. The first thing that it has taught me is that you aren’t truly able to do anything until it’s the right time. Timing is definitely EVERYTHING!

I’ve realized that because I am at a period in my life where I know that I am absolutely ready to go at this new diet (all the way), it’s less of a struggle mentally.

I’m actually more excited about every meal. I’m excited to see what I can make out of unexpected ingredients! The second thing that this experience has taught me is that things CAN be a lot better than they seem.

Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Honestly, I wasn’t aware that I could make such great meals while being a vegan. I assumed that a vegan diet would make things less interesting and that I wouldn’t be able to eat hardly anything since MOST things contain milk, eggs, honey, meat, and some other kind of dairy.

BUT I was wrong. Being on my vegan diet has allowed me to eat most of the same things (if not more!), however, it’s just using different ingredients.

Trust me, it’s so GOOD and your body feels good! So, I say this to say, that nothing is as impossible as it may seem at first, not even in a new diet.

You’ll go through periods of second guessing, fear, and maybe even the temptation of reverting back to your “familiar” but it’ll get better.

And by better, I mean a lot BETTER. In time, this new thing will be an old thing and will become your norm. So, if you’re trying a new diet, perhaps exercising towards a certain weight goal, or just doing anything else, remember to keep at it. You’ve got this!

Need a few Vegan Recipe ideas? We’ve got you covered!

Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower

How Hard is it To Make a Whole Cauliflower Roast?

Not hard at all. You just need to:

Thoroughly rinse your cauliflower.

Pat dry.

Season and rub with butter.

Roast with foil.

Remove foil and brush with glaze.

Roast again.

And wallah!

Lover of Cauliflower? Here are a few delicious recipes.

This Baked Sticky Orange Cauliflower + Quinoa recipe is a deliciously healthy option for the entire family. At first glance, these beauties truly remind you of classic orange chicken (and trust me, they taste just as good, if not better!), however, they aren’t! Just know that your taste buds won’t be able to tell the difference either! 

These Vegan Mango Habanero Cauliflower Bites are an awesome balance between sweet and spicy, which work perfectly together!

These Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a guaranteed showstopper! At first glance, these beauties truly remind you of buffalo boneless chicken (and trust me, they taste just as good, if not better!), however, they aren’t! Just know that your taste buds won’t be able to tell the difference either! 

Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

  2. Season cauliflower with sea salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic, and butter, rubbing everything in until well coated.

  3. Place cauliflower onto prepared baking pan and cover entirely with foil.

  4. Bake for 30 minutes.

  5. Make teriyaki maple glaze in the meantime.

For Teriyaki Maple Glaze:

  1. Then remove foil and brush teriyaki maple glaze until entire cauliflower before returning it to the oven (uncovered) for another 15 minutes, until glaze thickens.

  2. Once the tops of cauliflower have browned, remove it from the oven and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bon Appetit!

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Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
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Ingredients

  • 1 head of organic cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, softened
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp powered garlic

Teriyaki Maple Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup teriyaki sauce (Gluten-free version)
  • 2 Tbsps pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp mashed ginger (minced)
  • 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot starch + 3 Tbsps WARM water
  • sesame seeds, garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Season cauliflower with sea salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic, and butter, rubbing everything in until well coated.
  • Place cauliflower onto prepared baking pan and cover entirely with foil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Make teriyaki maple glaze in the meantime.

For Teriyaki Maple Glaze:

  • Then remove foil and brush teriyaki maple glaze until entire cauliflower before returning it to the oven (uncovered) for another 15 minutes, until glaze thickens.
  • Once the tops of cauliflower have browned, remove it from the oven and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Cauliflower is best when served immediately and consumed. However, leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

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  1. This looks amazing and I definitely think I’m going to try it. Ive been really going back and forth about diet! This was definitely inspiration!

    • Hi Kristin! I totally know the feeling! Thanks so much! I do hope that you love it once you try it! It definitely satisfies any sweet tooth! 🙂