Do you want a fancy plant-based dinner that takes minimal effort and a dish that is bursting with flavor?! After running the kids around all week to activities, working, and doing daily chores I find dinners the toughest meal of the day to dig deep and get them done. Especially, when you are having company over!! I always want to make something that is super quick and easy so I am not the one in the kitchen the whole time when everyone else is relaxing.
This meal takes 40 mins to make and you can even prep the sauce the day before cutting down your dishes and prep on the day. I use the Cilantro Pesto on toast and other veggies. It is a great staple sauce to use for a lot of your meals. It keeps in the fridge for 3-4 days. You deserve to put up your feet and enjoy yourself too!
I have seen cauliflower steaks all around the internet lately and really wanted to make one that had a different spin on it. Enter curry!! I love to use a mild curry mix as my girls don’t like the heat. But if you wanted to kick this recipe up a notch you can use a medium curry. The one I used in this recipe is from Wholefoods. You can click here to get it 🙂 No affiliates here just love this spice!
The only hard part about this recipe is cutting the steaks. I have cut the cauliflower with the base leaves still attached and without. I found it much easier to cut when the leaves are still intact. I sliced down one side until I got to the middle where the network of the cauliflower joins. A medium sized head will give you 3 good sized cauliflower steaks that are about 1/2 inch thickness. After you cut then you can take the stems and leaves off 🙂
The extra cauliflower can be used in a soup recipe. I have one coming your way next week for this purpose so stay tuned for that! Or you can set them aside for another dinner, or even make a bit more of the curry sauce from this recipe and place them on another baking sheet. Who doesn’t love leftovers!
Now for the nutrition in this dish!
Cauliflower- I love this vegetable and I always feel good about eating it because of its high vitamin C content. It also packs a great vitamin K dose to help with bone health. It is also high in antioxidants that help to combat the free radicals that we are exposed to every day. Cauliflower is also a source of chlorine, which can help with the development of our DNA, support our metabolism and plays a role in our brain development and production of our neurotransmitters.
Quinoa- Quinoa is one of my favorite grains. It is gluten-free and high in protein. I find it is best to soak it in water overnight before cooking to help with digestion. Quinoa is rich in minerals of magnesium and manganese. Minerals are essential to our bones, nervous system and even how our heart functions. Quinoa is also one of the highest forms of fiber in a grain. One study showed that it packs 17-27 grams of fiber per cup.
Cilantro- Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs. It is a great metal chelator, meaning it helps rid your body of harmful metals. Cilantro packs a good punch of your vitamin A too for a healthy immune system. Cilantro supports your liver, which can help balance blood glucose levels when your liver is functioning optimally. The last thing I love about cilantro is that it can help your digestion and may even relieve heartburn and digestive upset.
Serves 4 dinner servings
Yields 4 servings
Need a quick and beautiful meal for your guests? This curried Cauliflower steak recipe will have them talking about dinner at your house for years to come. It's even a great plant based, gluten free option for any night of the week.
40 minTotal Time
- 1 large head of cauliflower (should give you 4 steaks)
- 1/2 tbsp of mild curry spice (I used frontier organic curry powder with turmeric and mustard) see notes.
- 1 tbsp of avocado oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- juice of half a lime
- 1 cup dry Quinoa
- 2 cups of vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 1 heaping tablespoon of hemp hearts
- 1/8-1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 lime
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Take your cauliflower and rinse it. Then cut into 1/2 inch steaks. See notes for tips on how to cut.
- Put steaks onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- To make sauce for your cauliflower steaks mix: avocado oil, minced garlic, 1/2 squeezed lime and curry spice.
- Brush or spoon curry sauce onto the steaks and make sure they are fully covered. You just need to do one side.
- Place in oven and bake for 30-35 mins. Flip steaks for the last 10 minutes to brown the other side.
- They will be done when you can easily put a fork in them and they are a bit crispy on the edges.
- While your cauliflower is cooking, place your quinoa, vegetable stock, and coconut oil into a sauce pan.
- Heat on high until boiling and reduce heat to simmer and cover with lid for 20 mins.
- While your other items are cooking take a large head of cilantro and place it in your blender or food processor.
- Pulse a few times and then add in your lime juice, garlic, and hemp hearts. Pulse again.
- Slowly pour in oil through the top spout of your blender or processor while it is on low.
- When the sauce starts to look like a thicker consistency like pesto stop adding oil.
- I only used 1/8 of a cup for mine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Put quinoa 1/2 heaping cup of quinoa on plate and top with one cauliflower steak. Drizzle with pesto sauce and serve hot.
I have cut the cauliflower with the base leaves still attached and without. I found it much easier to cut when the leaves are still intact. I sliced down one side until I got to the middle where the network of the cauliflower joins. A medium sized head will give you 3 good sized cauliflower steaks that are about 1/2 inch thickness. A large cauliflower should give you 4. After you cut then you can take the stems and leaves off 🙂
You can also use the left over cauliflower for soups or for the next night. Or you can make a little extra curry sauce and throw them in the oven on a different pan too.
If you are using a medium curry powder cut the amount down as you don't want the spices to be too over powering.