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Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower

This Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower is the perfect meat replacer. Like no other Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece, the is roasted cauliflower comes completely vegan, gluten-free, and deliciously well seasoned. A healthy and easy way to indulge in a flavorful dish without missing the feeling of traditional dishes during the holidays.

Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower. Now that I’ve had experience with creating more and more vegan dishes, making this Roasted Cauliflower recipe over again was a no-brainer.

With the Holidays looking a bit different this year for many of us, I wanted to help create the idea of never missing out, especially when there’s no meat involved. The Holidays can still feel traditional even when you aren’t necessarily cooking traditionally.

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How to Host the Perfect Vegan Friendsgiving.

Unlike traditional Thanksgiving dinner, Friendsgiving is the place where you get to enjoy good times with close friends and extended family. For many, Friendsgiving has become their new tradition and with more people wanting to maintain a healthier lifestyle, this list of How to Host the Perfect Vegan Friendsgiving comes in handy. It’s all about creating simple ways to make this moment the most memorable.

How to Host the Perfect Vegan Friendsgiving

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.

Awesome Meat Substitutes to Try This Year.

Awesome Meat Substitutes to Try This Year is all about finding out the various ways that you can substitute meat on those days where you just feel like giving your usual eating habits a break or for those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate in your diet. Plant Protein–the latest trend that has been transforming into a year of “no-meat” is just one of the many ways that you can say ‘yes’ to eating a whole diet and ‘no’ to eating meat if desired.

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!

WHAT YOU’LL LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS RECIPE?

Super easy to make.

Totally meatless without missing anything!

Super versatile.

Whipped together in under 1 hour—perfect for weeknight dinners, family gatherings, or brunch (if that’s your thing)!

Entirely Vegan + Gluten-Free.

Sweetness or Spiciness is adjustable based on tastebud preferences.

Did I mention that—THIS DISH IS AMAZING?!

Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Is It Hard To Roast a Whole Cauliflower?

Absolutely not! Roasting a whole cauliflower is actually pretty easy. In just a few short steps, you’ll have the best tender, crunchy on the outside, well seasoned cauliflower ever! You just need to do the following:

Thoroughly rinse your cauliflower.

Pat dry.

Season and brush with oil.

Roast with foil.

Remove foil and brush with glaze.

Roast again.

And wallah!

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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
Serves: 1 Whole Roasted Cauliflower
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Ingredients

  • 1 (2 lb.) head of organic cauliflower (See Notes!)
  • 2 Tbsps avocado or grapeseed oil (See Notes!)
  • 2 tsps harissa paste
  • 1 tsp red curry paste (I use Thai Kitchen)
  • 1 tsp sea salt + black pepper
  • 2 tsps smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp powered garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Homemade Teriyaki Maple Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup GF teriyaki sauce
  • 2 Tbsps pure maple syrup (See Notes!)
  • 1 tsp minced ginger (See Notes!)
  • 1/4 cup organic brown sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot starch + 3 Tbsps WARM water (See Notes!)

Garnish:

  • 1-2 Tbsps sesame seeds
  • Your fave DF dipping sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and make a medium-size well with foil. **NOTE: This helps to keep the cauliflower in place and avoid skidding as you glaze, etc..**
  • Lightly brush cauliflower with oil and rub on seasonings using your hands; this helps to coat the cauliflower well. Next, add the harissa paste and red curry paste and rub on as well, until well coated.
  • Place cauliflower onto prepared baking pan and cover entirely with foil, baking it for 15-20 minutes.
  • Make the teriyaki maple glaze in the meantime.

To Make Teriyaki Maple Glaze:

  • Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until full combined and slightly thickened.
  • Now, remove the foil from over the cauliflower and brush on the teriyaki maple glaze mixture until entire cauliflower is coated. Return the cauliflower back into the oven (uncovered) for another 10-15 minutes or until glaze thickens and begins to look sticky.
  • Once the tops of cauliflower have browned slightly and it has become tender, remove the cauliflower from the oven and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Let cool slightly before adding to a serving platter.
  • Slice and serve with your favorite sides or dipping sauce.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Cauliflower is best when served immediately and consumed. However, leftovers (chopped into pieces) can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in oven on a baking sheet when ready to serve.
CAULIFLOWER: You can choose to roasted your cauliflower as a whole or in bite-sized pieces similar to cauliflower bites. 
OIL: You can feel free to substitute avocado or grapeseed oil with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
SWEETENER: Instead of maple syrup, you can substitute with Agave as well.
GINGER: If you don't have actual ginger root, you can feel free to substitute with ground ginger; just use 1 tsp.
STARCH: If you don't have arrowroot starch (which is a great GF starch), you can substitute with regular starch, tapioca flour, or regular all-purpose flour.

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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! 🙂