Garlic and Lemon Roasted Cauliflower

January 7, 2013 in Categories: , , by

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Okay, admission time:  cauliflower is not my favorite.  When I make mashed cauliflower or cauliflower rice, I have to season heavily with herbs and spices (and fat!) to make it tasty for me.  But, cauliflower is very healthy.  It’s a cruciferous veggie and it’s in season right now.   So, I challenged myself to make cauliflower so that it looks like cauliflower and so that I would like it.   I decided to try roasting it!  What a revelation!  Granted, it’s still seasoned, but something about the texture of roasted cauliflower is just awesome.  Plus, this is a very simple dish, which is always a bonus!  Serves 5-6.

To make this autoimmune protocol-friendly, simply omit the pepper.



  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Wash cauliflower and cut into florets. You can use the stem too.  Place in a casserole dish.
  3. Melt cooking fat (either in the microwave or on the stove top).  Toss with cauliflower in the casserole dish.  Next toss with lemon zest, crushed garlic, salt and pepper to coat well.
  4. Roast for 25-35 minutes (depending on how big your florets are; mine took 30 minutes), stirring once half way.
  5. Remove from oven and toss with fresh parsley.  Serve!


Thanks for mentioning that this is AIP friendly. Cauliflower is one food I’ve been avoiding because of the blood type diet. Although I’ve always been a bit skeptical, I would loosely use the suggestions of the blood type diet in hopes of making my life easier with all of my food sensitivities. I also read that cauliflower is a brassica and therefore could harm the thyroid if eaten raw. Is this true? Are there any other reasons not to eat cauliflower, i.e. FODMAPS. etc.? I’m eager to try this again, but don’t want to rock the boat. Thanks!

Cauliflower is moderately high in FODMAPs (due to polyols), so if you know you’re sensitive, you might want to take it easy. There is a fair amount of controversy over whether or not eating goitrogenic foods is a problem in the context of an anti-inflammatory diet like the paleo diet. Even so, it’s generally accepted that eating those foods cooked is fine. The blood type diet has been very thoroughly debunked. 🙂

I really like the sound of this, but would like suggestions on how to make this into a casserole with chicken I don’t know what to do for the liquid part

I cannot tell you how excellent this was. I just started AIP, and find it daunting. Delicious recipes like this will help me stay on track, and hopefully tame my autoimmune disease.

My husband doesn’t particularly like cauliflower. I made this anyway in hopes that he’d like it. There were NO leftovers. After it was all gone, he said “Roasted cauliflower is good!” I’ve made it several times since then, and there never are any leftovers. I’ve always made it with the coconut oil, which seems to add a bit of sweetness … I’m considering using bacon fat tonight instead, but I’m not sure I want to mess with a sure thing!

This is very good! I have never been a huge fan of cauliflower but this hit the spot. My 2 year old had 3 servings 🙂

Also, as a cardiac rehab nurse, I am still getting used to the use of “lard” as being O.K. Do you have a link that talks about this topic?

Thank you!

I used kale since I didn’t have parsley on hand, and added some ground meat (elk + elk liver). Left the pepper out to make it aip friendly. I’ve never thought to roast cauliflower. It was super savory!

Angel is 100% right. Lard is NOT bad fat. There is countless science that we do not get enough good fat (Lard) in our terribly unhealthy american diets. If you have issues with cholesterol or other things that are usually accusing “fat” to be the culprit…take a close look at your diet (read this site among others) and you will learn that good fat (lard and others she mentioned) are not the issue. Sorry- comments like this make me nuts.

This is by far my favorite cauliflower dish (and I LOVE cauliflower)! My husband and I were practically fighting over seconds! lol Making it again tonight…no need to change anything…it’s perfect as is! Thanks so much for the yummy treats you post!

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