Oct 21
2013

Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Cumin & Paprika

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Roasted Cauliflower is spiced up with southwestern flavors. It can never be considered the boring vegetable again.
Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Cumin & Paprika | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #glutenfree

As a kid, I never gave cauliflower any love. Really, the loveliest (well, as much as one can wax poetic about a cruciferous vegetable) didn’t start until a couple of years ago.

When it comes to the raw vegetable plate, the humble cauliflower are usually the last florets standing. But cauliflower has so much more potential than crudite platters. It has to be nurture, encourage and loved. Or may be that’s grated, pureed and roasted.

Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Cumin & Paprika | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #glutenfree

The first time I tried roasting cauliflower (with Indian spices), it got rave reviews. So, I thought a different version, this time using the flavors of the southwest, would be welcome at the dinner table. It was a hit! And this flavorful side dish took only 5 minutes of active prep time.

I think the cauliflower’s feeling the love now.

The recipe:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Cut cauliflower into florets, about 1 1/2-inches each. Transfer the florets to a bowl. Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil.

Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Cumin & Paprika | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #glutenfree

In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, ground cumin, paprika and salt.

Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Cumin & Paprika | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #glutenfree

Pour the spice mixture over the cauliflower and, using your hands, toss to coat the cauliflower.

Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Cumin & Paprika | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #glutenfree

Transfer the cauliflower to a baking sheet and roast the cauliflower, turning occasionally, until it is tender and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve.

Other cauliflower recipes:

Awesome Cauliflower Recipes | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian
Cookin’ Canuck’s Grated Cauliflower Salad with Peppers, Carrots & Capers
Cookin’ Canuck’s Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spices (Cumin & Coriander)
Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza with Mushrooms & Olives
Can’t Live Without’s Potato & Cauliflower Dry Curry

Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Cumin & Paprika

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 48 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 1.5g / Saturated Fat 0.2g

Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Cumin & Paprika

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 1 (2 lb.) head cauliflower
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cut cauliflower into florets, about 1 1/2-inches each. Transfer the florets to a bowl. Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, ground cumin, paprika and salt.
  4. Pour the spice mixture over the cauliflower and, using your hands, toss to coat the cauliflower.
  5. Transfer the cauliflower to a baking sheet and roast the cauliflower, turning occasionally, until it is tender and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve.

Notes

Calories 47.9 / Total Fat 1.5g / Saturated Fat 0.2g / Cholesterol 0.0mg / Sodium 340.4mg / Total Carbohydrates 7.8g / Fiber 3.8g / Sugars 0g / Protein 2.9g / WW (Old Points) 0 / WW (Points+) 1

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1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 21, 2013 at 5:54 am

I love roasted cauliflower! I need to add more spices to it though…great recipe!

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2 Tieghan October 21, 2013 at 7:09 am

Roasted Cauliflower is so good!! I love all the spices you added. Extra spice makes everything better!

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3 Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness October 21, 2013 at 9:42 am

MMM roasted cauliflower! I never used to like it much either until I realized how versatile it is. Love the flavour combos for this!

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4 Liz October 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

Sounds nice. Thank you, Dara.

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5 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

I just picked up a gorgeous head of cauliflower to roast. Can’t wait to try this spice mix!

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6 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 21, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Hi Dara, I just pulled this cauliflower out of the oven. So good, I’m not sure it’s going to make it to the dinner plate – I may eat it all straight from the pan! ;)

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7 Amy @Very Culinary October 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

I just roasted broccoli in the oven for the 1st time a few weeks ago (I know…crawls back under rock) and absolutely loved it. Will make this for my next side!

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8 Kirsten October 21, 2013 at 10:54 am

Dara,
I enjoy plain roasted cauliflower, so I’m pretty sure I’d enjoy a Southwestern twist, especially if mine came out as pretty as yours! I also like cauliflower with cheese, so now I’m wondering if you could top your roasted cauliflower with shredded cheese, pop it back in the oven, and have cauliflower nachos.

Thanks!

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9 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Love the simple seasonings you used to jazz up one of fall’s best veggies! This looks like the perfect easy side dish, Dara. Thanks for sharing!

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10 kelley October 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Funny because it’s the first thing I go for on a crudite platter! I love anything cauliflower. The spices are gorgeous!

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11 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective October 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Love this, Dara! Cauliflower is so versatile, and I bet these spices really add a punch!

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12 Kalyn October 22, 2013 at 8:18 am

I love cauliflower and this sounds delicious!

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13 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl October 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Love roasting cauliflower and I love your version!! We grew up eating it roasted with ketchup. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty good. :) And hey, better than french fries right?

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14 Jessica @ Floptimism October 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I agree — raw cauliflower is just not my jam. As soon as you roast it, though, it becomes one of my favorite veggies!

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15 Theresa @ Delicacious October 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I love cauliflower but I’ve only tried roasting them once. It was a disaster. I left them for too long and they became a wilted black mess. Shall attempt it again with your recipe!

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16 Deborah October 28, 2013 at 10:59 pm

I really adore cauliflower and these flavors sound so amazing!

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17 Nutmeg Nanny October 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Oh wow, I love roasted cauliflower so much :) this recipe is perfect!

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18 Mickey D. Neal October 30, 2013 at 3:46 am

I chose some Indian spices for this cauliflower; mostly because I used to go to this amazing pita spot in Philly where they had roasted cauliflower and this is as close as I can get to tasting it. I’d encourage you to try these spices even if you don’t think you’ll like them- the blend is mild and not too spicy.

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19 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) October 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Mickey, you’re absolutely right! I actually posted a roasted cauliflower recipe with Indian spices a couple of years ago.

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20 Lindsey February 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Made this tonight – it was delicious!

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