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This Sticky BBQ Teriyaki Whole Roasted Cauliflower is the perfect meat replacer for your fanciest table setting. Like no other Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece, this roasted whole cauliflower comes completely vegan, gluten-free, and deliciously well seasoned and based in a sweet sauce for a nice touch. A healthy and easy way to indulge in a flavorful dish without missing the feeling of traditional meat/main dishes during the holidays. A crowd-pleaser indeed!
Now that I've had experience with creating more and more vegan dishes (thanks to practice over the years and trying my hand at being a vegan for a short stint), making this Sticky BBQ Teriyaki Whole 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 and this recipe reflects that for sure. It's not only beautiful, but it tastes absolutely amazing with the infusion of sweet + savory flavors that go so well together.
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I just love the way cauliflower is so versatile in general. It's definitely one of those ingredients that I enjoy making in various ways like boiling (to make as a sauce base), roasting, grilling, sautéing, air frying, etc. Plus, it's such a hearty, filling veggie that acts as a great main dish, meat alternative, and side veggie for any meal----much like broccoli.
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When it comes to making this Sticky BBQ Teriyaki Whole Roasted Cauliflower recipe, the process comes in 3 easy steps:
Here’s what you need to make this Roasted Whole Cauliflower:
To make your own BBQ sauce for the sauce is rather simple and doesn't require a lot. Here's what you'll need:
DIRECTIONS: Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat and whisk together until it begins to boil. Reduce heat to low-medium and let everything simmer for about 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Once thickened enough to desired consistency, remove from heat and let cool. Set aside until ready to use or store remainder in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
This Sticky BBQ Teriyaki Whole Roasted Cauliflower dish is a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving table or any meal, really. It's a versatile side that pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes, like...
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:
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Repurposing those leftover roasted cauliflower is a true win. I recommend cutting it into bite-sized pieces or slices--Once you've got those golden chunks ready to go, a whole realm of tasty options opens up.
Here are some ideas to help you enjoy your leftover cauliflower to the fullest:
Creamy Soup: Try this Creamy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chickpea Soup for a nice kick of flavor and creaminess.
As Milk: Try using roasted cauliflower without the sauce for this Cauliflower Milk.
Pizza: Give pizza night a twist with cauliflower bites. Simply add on additional BBQ sauce and bake it on to create these BBQ Cauliflower Wings [Gluten-Free]---minus the breadcrumbs.
Buddha Bowl: Create a nourishing Buddha bowl by layering your leftover cauliflower with grains, roasted chickpeas, greens, and your favorite dressing. It would go perfectly with a Healthy Pesto Buddha Bowl.
Pasta: Toss your cauliflower pieces with cooked pasta like this Creamy Roasted Garlic Kale Pasta with Parmesan, Creamy Garlic Butter Pasta w/ Roasted Cauliflower, Plant-based Sesame ‘Chicken' + Noodles, or as a base for this Easy Vegan Broccoli Alfredo Pasta.
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 the oven at 375 degrees on a baking sheet until warmed through when ready to serve.
Nope! You can choose to roast your cauliflower as a whole or in bite-sized pieces similar to cauliflower bites or sliced cauliflower.
Yes! You can feel free to substitute the sesame oil with avocado, grapeseed oil, or Extra virgin olive oil.
Yup. Instead of maple syrup, you can substitute with Agave or additional brown sugar.
Nope. If you don't have actual ginger root, you can feel free to substitute with ground ginger; just use ¼ teaspoon will do.
If you don't have arrowroot starch (which is a great GF starch), you can substitute with regular cornstarch, tapioca flour, gluten-free flour, or regular all-purpose flour.
Yes! Not only is cauliflower gluten-free, but it's also a low-calorie, nutrient-dense food with 2 grams of protein in every 1 cup serving, but it takes on the flavor of whatever you season it with.
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