• Nicole Short


This recipe takes a while to make, but each step is simple. This is probably the easiest and tastiest way to prepare cauliflower! It’ll turn you into an instant fan, even if you think you aren’t on best of terms with cauliflower. Perfect for a vegan roast substitute!

Whole roasted cauliflower is very low maintenance. The cauliflower itself really doesn’t require much preparation at all and once it’s in the oven, it won’t really need you to attend to it much.


4 cloves of garlic

1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon cumin

2 spring onions

1/2 a bunch of fresh thyme , (15g)

olive oil

1 lemon

1 large cauliflower , with outer leaves (1kg)

1 x 400 g tin of quality plum tomatoes

40 g flaked or chopped almonds

1/2 a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley , (15g)



Preheat the oven to 200ºC

Peel the garlic, then add to a pestle and mortar with the paprika, cumin, chopped spring onion and half the thyme leaves. Bash well to a rough paste, then muddle in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season.

Zest the lemon into a separate bowl and set aside.

Trim the outer cauliflower leaves. Trim away and discard the stalk so the cauliflower can sit flat, then cut a cross into the base.

Rub the paprika paste all over the cauliflower, then place in a medium casserole pan. Drizzle over a squeeze the lemon juice on top.

Cover and pop in the hot oven for around 1 hour 20 minutes, or until tender, removing the lid for the final 20 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, then pour in the tomatoes, tearing or slicing them up into chunks. Sprinkle over the lemon zest and pick over the remaining thyme leaves.

Return the pan to the oven for a further 10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is golden.

Meanwhile, toast the almonds in a dry frying pan over a medium-low heat until golden, then leave to cool.

Once ready, take the pan out of the oven. Scrunch over the toasted almonds, then pick, roughly chop and scatter the parsley leaves on top.

Drizzle with a little bit of tahini, then carve up and serve with flavourful rice and steamed greens, or as part of a bigger spread.

Enjoy this meatless dish!!!

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