Fight Inflammation With This Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

If you’ve promised to eat more vegetables this year, then this one’s for you. A whole roasted cauliflower is a perfect canvas for adding a load of delicious flavor — and we’re not just talking cheese sauce. Fresh spices, loaded with anti-inflammatory benefits, are used to dress the fiber-rich vegetable for a vegetarian main or to spice up your usual Sunday roast.

Then there are the benefits of the cauli itself. Packed with sulforaphane, a compound linked to improved heart health and digestion. In addition, thanks to its many antioxidants and its large dose of vitamin C, it will promote post-workout recovery while supporting your immune system.

If you can’t make it through the whole head, chop up the leftovers and use them to stuff fried rice the next day, or toss in the cauliflower for a spicy mash.


1 cauliflower

3 tablespoons harissa rose pesto

40ml olive oil

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon ground turmeric

Salt and pepper


In a bowl, mix the harissa pesto, olive oil, maple syrup, ground cumin and turmeric. Season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper.

Place the cauliflower head in a baking dish and pour over the harissa mixture.

Pour 50 ml of water at the bottom of the dish. This will help cook the cauliflower by creating steam and preventing the harissa mixture from burning.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden and tender. Prick with a knife; it should easily pierce the core. If you prefer a softer cauliflower, roast it longer. If you like a crispier cauliflower roast for less time.

Remove from ovenand place the cauliflower on a cutting board to rest.

Place the cauliflower leaves in the baking dish, toss to coat them with the harissa sauce and cook 10 minutesuntil wilted and tender.

To serve the cauliflower head next to the cauliflower leaves.

Oddbox saves fruits and vegetables at risk of being wasted by delivering them directly from the farm to your doorstep. With one in six people pledging to have a more climate-friendly diet this year, it’s a simple way to reduce food waste and eat more vegetables.

Recipe and image courtesy of Oddbox.

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