Cajun Cauliflower w/ Avocado Lime Pesto

Cajun Cauliflower w/ Avocado Lime Pesto

Veggies | 1 Fat
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Active Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Time: 25 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients
 

Veggies

  • 1 small head of cauliflower

Fat

  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil of choice (I use olive oil), 0.5 oz

Avocado Lime Sauce

  • 1/2 medium avocado, 2 oz
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil or cilantro, chopped, packed
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped, packed
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp apple cider, balsamic, or red wine vinegar
  • water, to thin

Seasonings

  • 1 tsp lemon juice, fresh squeezed, not bottled
  • 2 Tbsp storebought Cajun spice blend, or make your own (see notes)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (Not wax paper!)
  • Sliced the cauliflower into 1/2 inch thick slices or chop into medium size florets.
  • Rub the measured oil and lemon juice all over the slices or florets.
  • Sprinkle the cajun spice and a pinch of salt (if there is no salt in the seasoning mix) on both sides of the slices and rub lightly. Then sprinkle more on the side facing up.
  • Spray oil lightly on the spiced cauliflower to seal the spices in.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 mins, until nice and browned. Broil for a minute to sear if desired.

Notes

  • Cajun blends can be hot. Adjust the heat of the cajun seasoning by reducing cayenne, pepper flakes, black pepper and using more of sweet paprika.
  • To make your own Cajun blend, combine the following:
    • 2 tsp sweet paprika
    • 1/3 tsp cayenne (or less to heat preference)
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp thyme
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder
    • dash of red pepper flakes
    • For a smokier flavor, swap half of the sweet paprika for smoked paprika, or add a couple of drops of liquid smoke to the lemon juice before rubbing it onto the raw cauliflower. Divide the sauce evenly amongst the two servings.
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3 Comments

  1. Julia

    This is so delicious and easy to make! Thank you!

  2. Emily Hartmann

    This was delicious but holy garlic! I would probably just use 2 cloves next time and add salt to the avocado sauce.

    • Ha! Thanks for the feedback Emily, we all have our different garlicky-ness preferences don’t we! 🙂

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