Creamy Baked Cauliflower in a blue bowl with a spoon stuck into it, photographed from above
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Creamy Baked Cauliflower

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This creamy baked cauliflower recipe was a complete and happy “accident”. I had cauliflower in my fridge and had just come back from my neighbor who told me that she likes to smother it in sauce and bake. I was so inspired after that conversation and could think of little else. So I went into the kitchen, made my own dairy-free sauce, and added a breadcrumb topping for some extra crunch. What came out of the oven was so utterly delicious that my husband declared it “blog-worthy”. Obviously, that means I had to get the recipe to you as soon as possible 😉.

Creamy Baked Cauliflower in a casserole dish with a serving spoon, photographed from above

The good news about this recipe is that it could not be any easier. Simply cut the onion and wash and cut the cauliflower. Add the creamy sauce and the breadcrumb crust on top and put the dish into the oven in order to be baked to perfection. Does it get any simpler than that 🙌🏻?!

Creamy Baked Cauliflower in a casserole dish with a serving spoon stuck into it

And alas – I have to admit that I do find casserole dishes always look slightly “messy” in pictures. Or: Let us change that wording… I do not know how to make casseroles look “picture pretty”. They are messy, they would be messy if you were to take them out of the oven and they are messy when I take them out of the oven. So, we can try and capture the imperfection (I find 🥰).

Creamy Baked Cauliflower in a casserole dish with a serving spoon stuck into it and some of it taken out

Why is this Creamy Baked Cauliflower good for you?

Cauliflower

Albeit white (even though I always preach to “eat the rainbow”😉), cauliflower is absolutely delicious and super nutritious! Cauliflower is high in fiber, vitamins C, K, and B6, as well as the minerals potassium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous. You know I constantly bang on about the topic of how important fiber is for our gut and overall health. Never forget that everything in our bodies is connected – your gut has a direct impact on how the rest of your body feels. Feeding it fiber that is then used as feeding ground for our good gut bacteria, whilst also cleaning up the colon, and allowing us to eliminate better is excellent for your health. Several studies have also indicated that a higher amount of fiber in your diet is linked to a lower risk of common Western diseases.

Cauliflower florets and cut onions in a casserole dish

Cauliflower is also super high in antioxidants that I also wanted to touch on. They are particularly high in antioxidants which have been shown to slow the growth of cancer cells. They may protect, specifically, against colon, lung, breast, and prostate cancer. The high amount of vitamin C in the body does not only acts as an antioxidant and protects our immune system, but also has anti-inflammatory benefits. The last antioxidant I want to mention in this context is one called “sulforaphane”. Sulforaphane also appears to be protective against certain types of cancer, but in addition, some evidence suggests that it protects against high blood pressure and keeps our arteries healthy. Both are important factors for our heart health. I would say – load up on that cauliflower! What a mighty force 🥰.

Creamy Baked Cauliflower in a casserole dish with a serving spoon stuck into it and some of it taken out, photographed from above

How can I adjust this Creamy Baked Cauliflower to my Dietary Requirements?

This recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan. If you want to make this recipe paleo – simply use paleo-approved bread. Due to the cashews used, this recipe is not nut-free.

Creamy Baked Cauliflower in a casserole dish with a serving spoon stuck into it and some of it taken out and a cauliflower floret in foucs

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Creamy Baked Cauliflower in a blue bowl with a spoon stuck into it, photographed from above up close

And that is it for this week 🤗! I will leave you with a funny story. The other day my husband said – would it not be fun if there was like an animal in the picture – lighten up the pictures. In this shoot, I wanted to capture our dog’s head… but he basically pulled back the minute I adjusted the camera. I then said – come with your paws on the table (obviously he would not be allowed to do that normally – just for the “fun” factor of the pic). He fully jumped on the staged table. I was super surprised and impressed – so I captured one paw. You can find the pic after the recipe 😉. As always, please let me know what you think of the recipe either in the comments and/or by rating it. Happy casseroling everyone!!

Creamy Baked Cauliflower

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Ann Robejsek Course: MainCuisine: Vegan, gluten-freeDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Baking time

35

minutes

This creamy baked cauliflower is comfort food to the max! Delicious and nourishing whilst still being super nutritious! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • For the creamy baked cauliflower
  • 2 medium -sized onions

  • 1 head cauliflower (ca. 800 gr.)

  • 1.5 cups (190 gr.) cashews

  • 3 cups (720 ml.) non-dairy milk

  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch

  • 3 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 1.5 tsp salt

  • For the topping
  • 2 slices gluten-free bread

  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder

  • 0.5 tsp salt

  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast

How to

  • For the creamy baked cauliflower
  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) on a fan setting
  • Peel and slice the onions. Add to a baking dish (ca. 20 x 30 cm or 8 x 11 inches). Wash the cauliflower and trim. Cut into small florets/pieces. Add to the baking dish and mix with your hands so that the onions and cauliflower are mixed
  • In a blender, add the cashews, non-dairy milk, arrowroot starch, cumin, turmeric, and salt. Blend on high until smooth. Pour over the onion/cauliflower mixture
  • For the topping
  • In a food processor, add the gluten-free bread, garlic powder, salt, and nutritional yeast. Process until you have crumbs. Take the topping and put it onto the cauliflower. Add to the oven. Bake for ca. 35 minutes or a tad longer, depending on how crunchy you like your veggies (the longer you bake, the less “crunch” they will have). Serve immediately as a side, main, or alongside your chosen protein. Enjoy!!
A dog paw on the set of the creamy baked cauliflower shoot

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