Whole Roasted Cauliflower

By: Kim Ruzycki - Certified Integrative Health & Nutrition Coach Aug 21, 2018
Picky Diet, Ancaster, Ontario, weight loss

Make it tonight for family or friends!

Whole Roasted Cauliflower is one of my favourite dishes to serve at a family or friends dinner. Seasoning it with herbs for delicious flavour and roasting it whole makes it feel like the main dish you can "carve" and serve - perfect for a dinner party or holiday meal.

Cauliflower isn't known as the most popular veggie around. Most healthy methods of cooking (steaming or boiling) leave it flavorless and mushy. Roasting or sautéing it gives it good texture and taste.

Why eat cauliflower?

  • low calories, low carbs
  • cholesterol free
  • super high in vitamin C (antioxidant)
  • high in vitamin K (anti-inflammatory)
  • high in folate and fibre

I like to serve this dish with mashed or baked sweet potatoes and sautéed kale or spinach. Try it with some of your fav healthy veggie sides.


serves 4 - 6 depending on the size of the cauliflower

  • 1 head of cauliflower, washed
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh or dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Fresh ground pepper and sea salt

Tips & Nutrition

Choose a larger cauliflower for a big group or double the recipe and make two.
The garlic in this recipe works best if it is minced very small - larger pieces tend to fall off the cauliflower after cooking. If they do fall off - simply spread them back on with a knife after "carving".
Leftovers? Cut it up into small pieces and saute it with sweet potatoes and black beans for a morning hash!


Pre-heat the oven to 425.

Whisk together the olive oil, garlic, mustard, thyme and a few grinds of sea salt and pepper. It will be more of a thicker rub than a sauce.

Remove any large leaves around the cauliflower and then slice the bottom of it off with a large knife so that it is flush and will sit flat. Place it in a casserole or roasting dish.

Brush or rub the olive oil mixture evenly around the cauliflower.

Bake in the oven covered loosely with foil for about an hour - until it is tender when you stick a knife in the middle, and then cook for an additional 10 minutes uncovered for a golden brown roasted top.

Kim is passionate about teaching others how to eat mindfully and live vibrantly. A series of chronic health issues gave her the motivation to learn about the relationship between her health and her diet. After embracing a plant-based diet and figuring out how to maintain a social life, enjoy travelling and ensuring she was getting all the correct nutrients and minerals - Kim realized how great she felt and how happy she was in her lifestyle.

She founded Picky Diet to share this with the world so that they might realize that they too can live happy and healthy with only a few small changes. A graduate of the Health and Nutrition Coaching program from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she is a Board Certified Integrative Health & Nutrition Coach and works with both individuals and corporations on nutrition and whole-body wellness.