VEGAN SPICED CAULIFLOWER STEAKS + AVOCADO CILANTRO SAUCE
I’m not vegan, BUT I can never turn down a good cauliflower steak (and would choose a cauliflower steak over a real steak any day). Seriously… I think I have a cauliflower addiction.
I’ve always been in love with veggies, but ever since my serious ulcerative colitis flare last summer, I’ve pretty much steered clear of almost all raw veggies, instead opting for steamed, roasted or sautéed. Nine times out of ten, roasted veggies wins.
And I know what some of you are probably thinking… no raw veggies!? Trust me, I was just as appalled when a doctor first told me to cut them out almost completely. I used to eat raw veggies like they were going out of style. I thought more always meant better when it came to healthy food.
Little did I know, so many raw vegetables was causing damage to my already sensitive digestive system, especially raw cruciferous veggies.
Now? My rule, especially with cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cabbage is cook them until they’re practically burnt. It works like a charm. ;)
It really goes to show that “healthy” isn’t one-size-fits all (which is a huge philosophy of mine in my health. coaching practice). Just because raw kale and salads packed with raw veggies are touted as the picture-perfect version of health and wellness, doesn’t mean it’s true for YOU.
For me, healthy means cooked veggies and never, ever eating raw greens. It means eating a mix of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and paleo, but also sneaking in a rice cake or a little bit of dark. chocolate here or there when. the craving is really big.
It means following a strict protocol, while also striking balance.
For you, it may mean something completely different and that’s 100% okay.
But, no matter what healthy means to you, I hope we can ALL agree that these vegan cauliflower steaks are out of this WORLD. They spice of the “steaks “ is perfectly balanced by the creamy sauce.
Trust me, you’ll become just as addicted to cauliflower once you’ve tried this.
Vegan Spiced Cauliflower Steaks + Avocado Cilantro Sauce (paleo + gluten free + vegan + SCD Friendly)
These vegan spiced cauliflower steaks deliver a huge punch of flavor and are perfectly paired with a creamy avocado cilantro sauce. The perfection addition to any meal (or let it take center stage!).
1 medium-sized head of cauliflower
3 Tbsp avocado oil
2/3 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
AVOCADO CILANTRO SAUCE
1 medium-sized avocado
Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 Tbsp juice)
1 1/2 cup cilantro
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet by greasing with avocado oil or placing parchment paper on top.
Washing your cauliflower and cut into 1/2 inch “steaks.”
Brush on the avocado oil on both sides of each “steak” and place on the prepare baking sheet.
In a small bowl mix the spices for your steaks.
Evenly coat both sides of each steak and place back on the baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes on each side.
While your cauliflower is roasting, prepare your sauce. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
Dip your cauliflower “steaks” in the sauce and…