Feb 23, 2015

Oven Roasted Cauliflower


Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Roasting cauliflower brings out its nuttiness flavor and caramelizes the edges. This is such an easy way to prepare it, I toss it with garlic, lemon juice and olive oil and top it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and some lemon zest when it comes out of the oven.

I can eat a whole bowl of this for lunch, but I usually make this as a side for steaks, pork chops or chicken. An irresistible side dish, even to people who don't like cauliflower.



Oven Roasted Cauliflower
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 5 • Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 2 pts • WW Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 88 • Fat: 6 g • Carb: 8 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 58 mg (without salt) • Cholesterol: 1 mg

ngredients:

  • 6 1/2 cups uncooked cauliflower florets (about 1 large) cut small
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 2 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly grated

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Combine cauliflower, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper well so all the florets are coated and seasoned. Place in a large shallow roasting pan and place in the center of the oven.

Roast for about 25-35 minutes, turning florets occasionally so they are evenly cooked. Remove from oven and top with cheese and some lemon zest and additional salt and pepper if needed.

Makes 5 cups.

107 comments :

  1. Oven rosted is my favorite. This is a delicious recipe...thanks

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  2. How would you suggest making this with a bag of frozen cauliflower florets?

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    1. too watery. I dont think frozen is a good option.

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  3. I really suggest you use fresh, not frozen. But if you must use frozen, I would probably let it thaw before I prepare it and cut the cooking time down a bit.

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    1. Thaw and remove excess moisture by wrapping in a towel. I have had to use frozen once or twice and found it turns out better for a variety of frozen veggies.

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    2. Thaw and remove excess moisture by wrapping in a towel. I have had to use frozen once or twice and found it turns out better for a variety of frozen veggies.

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  4. I love roasted cauliflower...makes me think of fall. Sometimes I add pinenuts instead of the parmesan.

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  5. Pinenuts sound great! I also like to add capers sometimes.

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  6. What a great side...or even dinner! I could eat just that and be content!

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  7. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare cauliflower! Even my 7 year old loves it!

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  8. It looks great! I really need to try this. I've oven roasted asparagus, fennel and many other veggies.

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  9. Good for anyone following WW or not. Just tried mashed cauliflower, and it was great.

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  10. Can't wait to try this... would it be okay point wise to substitue Parm Asiago/Romano...? I live in a small town and our supermarket doesn't have the parmigiano reggiano.

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    1. I am completely of Italian descent and I use Romano cheese all the time in my cooking. The flavor is wonderful!

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  11. Roasted is the only way I like cauliflower. I just use spray oil and some s&p. I am definitely going to try your way with garlic & parmesan. Yummers!

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  12. I love cauliflower, but am finding that just boiled is getting bland. This is a great way to change it up and keep healthy. Another 30 pounds to go.
    Brian R. Callahan
    New York, NY

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  13. This was a great recipe -- even my 6 year old ate it!

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  14. This recipe is simple and delicious. Our family doesn't really eat cauliflower until I began using this recipe. Now a required appetizer for our get togethers.
    Thank you.

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  15. YUMMMM!!!!! I wanted to find a veggie side to go with spaghetti and this definitely hit the spot! Thank you!!

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  16. Do I boil the cauliflower first to soften it or just roast it raw?

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    1. No they become tender in the oven.

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  17. This was super easy and really tasty! I am not a big cauliflower lover but this was really good! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. pinkprincess8/26/10, 3:21 PM

    wow-what a fantstic way to get the other half to eat cauliflower (he will only eat cauliflower cheese, made in a cheese sauce, topped with cheese, and although very yummy, its very bd for my W.W!) it was absolutly delicious, and my toddler loved her ''white trees''! thank you. BTW only just discovered this blog-AMAZING! well done gina, you have done so fantastically well with this, its so hard to find weight watchers recipes with points and pictures too! love it!

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  19. I know, when I make this, my family who doesn't like cauliflower as much as I do, eat it with no problem. Thanks for your comment!

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  20. Great recipe, loved it!!

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  21. MY HUSBAND WHO NEVER EATS VEGGIES SAID.... WOW!!! THIS IS 'DA BOMB.

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  22. Gina...These were AWESOME!! My husband, who is a NOT a veggie eater, couldn't get enough of them!! I also tried this recipe with broccoli and they turned out fantastic too!! I didn't have lemon or the cheese for either time and they still came out amazing!! Thank you so much for yet another amazing recipe!! I also LOVE your cauliflower soup...the 0pt one. It's great!! :) This has totally turned me into eating veggies in a whole new way!! I've lost almost 20lbs following WW and thanks to you it's been easy with your recipes to follow!! Thanks again!!

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  23. I made this last night to go with grilled pork chops. It was OK fresh out of the oven. I wasn't really all that blown away with it, but liked it enough to bring it for lunch today. OMGoodness! It was so much better today!! The flavors blended so good. I wonder if I just ate too fast last night because dinner was late and I was simply STARVED by the time we ate. ;) Regardless, I will be making this again. It's a nice change from the regular boiled or steamed cauliflower. Thanks so much for your website, Gina!!!

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  24. Garlic makes everything better :)

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  25. I just found your webpage and absolutely love your recipes. The photo's are outstanding too.
    Thanks for making cooking and eating FUN again, without the guilt.

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  26. Absolutely wonderful, I think this is my new favorite!

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  27. This recipe is now 3 points per serving.

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  28. This was so good!!! I think I just accidentally ate all 6 servings...

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  29. Try this without the cheese and instead add fresh thyme. This is a favorite in our family.

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  30. Is it really 1/4 cup of olive oil? That much oil is 14 points and if you add in the cheese as well it comes up as 7 pts per serving in the recipe builder. If the oil is 2 Tbsp it would be 2 pts per serving

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  31. Kirby, just added the nutritional info and I still get 3 points plus per serving. 4 tbsp of heart healthy olive oil may seem like a lot, but for 6 servings it's really not.

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  32. The nutrition facts say it's 94 calories. But on the line below, it says 126... ?

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  33. I don't follow, where are you looking that you see 94 calories?

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  34. I'm looking right above the list of ingredients. I see the calories listed twice... Let me copy and paste:
    "Oven Roasted Cauliflower
    Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
    Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1 cup • Calories: 94 • Old Po gints: 3 pts • Points+: 3 pts
    Calories: 126 • Fat: 10.5 g • Carbs: 5.9 g • Fiber: 2.5 g • Sugar: 0 • Protein: 2.8 g "
    But it is 126 calories then?

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  35. Another tasty recipe! We loved it!

    ~Teresa~

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  36. Thanks for noticing my typo, it's 126.

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  37. I've NEVER been a fan of cauliflower but after reading the above responses (and trying several of your other receipes) I knew I would enjoy it. I made it tonight and this dish was absolutely delicious! It was so simple and easy to make. Thank you so much for creating such wonderfully delicious and healthy meals. I've hooked many a friend to your site!

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  38. This is sooo delicious!! I had to stop myself from eating the entire thing!!

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  39. well since everyone elses non-vegetable eating husbands loved this recipe, i'm totally trying this on my boyfriend tomorrow. Been looking for a good way to make cauliflower anyways, this looks great!

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  40. I just made this and WOW is all I can say...thanks so much Gina...I have lost 42# and have a long way to go, but with things like this to eat it is going to make it much more flavorful and enjoyable to get there and stay there. YOU ARE AWESOME!

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  41. Isn't it wonderful! Especially as the weather cools.

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  42. It's in the oven as we speak! I can't wait - made your sauteed brussells sprouts last week - delish! Thanks for sharing your awesome recipes!

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  43. Soooooo good! Perfect as it is written. Thank you again for another wonderful recipe :)

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  44. Thumbs up! I've tried to roast cauliflower before and it just didn't measure up. The parmesan is the ticket!

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  45. ok what can i substitute if i cant find parmigiano reggiano because its not that readliy available in my area?

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  46. I roast caulifower, chicken sausage, garlic and a little olive oil and toss with whole wheat pasta... my family devours it!

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  47. you can use any good parmesan or romano.

    I may have to try this with pasta and sausage!!

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  48. This sounds so good. Can you combine it with the roasted broccoli recipe?

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  49. i tried cauliflower with olive oil and a packet of sazon (a portuguese seasoning) and baked it, DELISH. i can't believe i ate CAULIFLOWER and LOVED it..trying this recipe tonight!!

    i'm in love with this website!! thank you!!

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  50. Another yummy way for cauliflower is EEOV, salt, pepper and chopped fresh rosemary. roast until caramelized. I make a whole head and then eat the rest for lunch.

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  51. Have you ever made this with brocolli and cauliflower? I am thinking of trying it that way!

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  52. Caryn Carroll1/19/12, 10:51 AM

    I just stumbled upon your website yesterday by looking for roasted cauliflower. I made your recipe last night and I fell in love with it. I am also counting calories and adore the fact that you have both the actual serving size with measurement and calories. Thanks so much for your work I'll be sharing your website with my family.

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  53. Can I use just a metal 9 x 13 pan for this or would a cookie sheet work better? I do not own a roasting pan.

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  54. Just made this tonight - delicious! Thanks for another awesome recipe!

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  55. DELICIOUS

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  56. This was so easy to prepare and even my kids liked it!

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  57. Wow! Best cauliflower I have ever had!!!

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  58. Tried this today. Totally scrumptious!!!

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  59. I had a bag of raw cut cauliflower and broccoli, so used that mixture. Both were delicious and it was so easy to prepare especially since I didn't have to cut up a head of cauliflower. Delishhhhh. Served as a side with the chicken rollitini w/ prosciutto and provelone.

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  60. When I first looked at the picture, I thought you had breaded it and it immediately made me think of tempura from a Chinese restaurant! I'm going to prepare this either tonight or tomorrow night. Can't wait!

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  61. This was SOOOO good. My husband kept commenting on the great taste every bite he took! I may have to go buy some more cauliflower tomorrow! YUM!

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  62. This is a great recipe, I have a new one to add into the rotation.

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  63. I thought veggies were 0 points on WW? Are the points due to the olice oil and cheese?

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  64. OMG.. This is so Delicioso!! I made it last night with the Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Stuffed Chicken.. Great meals. Thank You

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  65. Make sure to boil the cauliflower first; it makes such a difference. I used a large pot with 1/4 water and salt and boil covered for 4 minutes. This dish is perfect!!

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  66. Has anyone eaten cold? Looking for different lunch snack ideas that don't need to be heated.

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    1. I've eaten this leftover the next day cold and it's so good! Sometimes I actually prefer it that way to when it't hot. :)

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  67. I made this with the Grilled chicken with spinach and mozzarella. Yum!

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  68. Finally tried this and it was so good I could NOT STOP MUNCHING on it while the rest of dinner finished! One thing I will stipulate is to pay attention to how much cauliflower you're actually getting out of one head. Once my recipe cooked up, I was left with only 2 one-cup servings, which takes this from 3 Points+ to 8 for a cup! Eeek!

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  69. I making this tonight but threw in some zucchinni with it as well. I'm making it as a side to the rosemary salmon, which is my absolute favorite! I love you, Gina! Marry me!!! (in a totally non-lesbian way). Not that there's anything wrong with lesbians, I'm just not one. lol.

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    1. Lol...thanks for the compliment Nicole

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  70. Wow, that was delish!

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  71. YUM! You can skip the cheese, it doesn't need it. Toss in more garlic, keep them whole or cut once or twice (not small pieces). Roasted garlic adds a lot of flavor to this dish.

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  72. Saw the recipe, cooked it, about to try it out now with my grilled tilapia and green salad. I hope it's yummy!!

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  73. Thanks for sharing here with us

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  74. I actually made something similar last night. I added asparagus (chopped to about 2 inch sections). Gave it a bit of color and included another vegetable that roasts well.

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  75. I love roasting veggies but had never thought of cauliflower!
    I will definitely be giving this a try!

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  76. Such a great idea!! I never ever buy cauliflower, but this post makes me think that I should :)

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  77. One of my favourite side dishes! It converts anyone into a cauliflower lover!

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  78. I love roasted anything and I'm sure I'll love this! Thanks for the recipe!

    xo Rachel

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  79. That looks so good! Nothing beats roasted veggies, yum!

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  80. Cauliflower might just be my all-time FAVORITE roasted veggie. I've never tried it with the lemon, thanks for another genius idea Gina!

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  81. Mmmm you can get far using a little parmesan ^ ^ This sounds amazing :D x

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  82. I love, love, love roasted cauliflower, right to the point where it has quite a lot of colour (for that nuttiness). It takes on spices so well, too, e.g. some cumin and coriander seed, yum!

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  83. At first glance I thought it was popcorn! lol...looks delicious and worth a try. Thank you for sharing!

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  84. I love cauliflower so much. Great recipe. Thank you for reminding me to make it soon.
    Clapham end of tenancy cleaning

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  85. yummy!! simple yet delicious :)

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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  86. We love it with red pepper flakes. Cooked the same way but sprinkle with pepper flakes before roasting, no cheese or lemon. Yum yum!

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  87. This is simply amazing! I have made it and even my 6 year old LOVES it. Hooray for not having to force feed veggies! She also loves your macaroni and cheese with "leaves" (spinach). Thanks for having such awesome recipes! :)

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  88. Love this! And it works even better when the cauliflower is sliced thin…like chips.

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  89. I make roasted cauliflower at least once a week. It's a guaranteed way to get veggies into my picky kids!!

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  90. I made cauliflower Alfredo sauce last week. After reading this, I know that I'm going to make the sauce using this method. Yummy! !!

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  91. I made cauliflower Alfredo sauce last week. After reading this, I know that I'm going to make the sauce using this method. Yummy! !!

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  92. I made roasted cauliflower and the chicken picatta from this site for dinner tonight and the combo was awesome

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