I love SNACKS! Seriously. I snack through the day. I know, you've heard that snacking makes ya fat. Alright, sure, if your snacks are candy bars and greasy bags of potato chips. Snacking on vegetables though? Hell no that doesn't make you fat! That makes you healthy, fills you up with a great low calorie density factor, and provides a lot of that extra stuff you need like vitamins and minerals. Make it easy on yourself - make your vegetables DELICIOUS and you'll want to eat them all day long.
And check it out - if you eat the ENTIRE large head of cauliflower...
you'll be eating fewer calories than a 2oz Snickers Bar (and less than a 2oz bag of chips!) AND you get to eat more like 29 OZ of cauliflower rather than 2 oz of something else.
you'll be eating 21 grams of fiber!
also 17 grams of protein! (Take THAT you people that ask where vegans get their protein!!)
Plus calcium, iron and loads of vitamin C.
That's a pretty bad ass snack, don't ya think? (And it's nacho flavored!!!)
Roasted cauliflower is my favorite! :)
Oh and by the way, I took the pictures, I KNOW the pans look crazy old. I even ordered a new one this morning because I felt so grossed out by these pictures. This new one shouldn't rust like these super cheap ones I've had forever. Frankly I always use a Silpat or parchment paper anyway so I never see how crazy they look underneath. And I totally used them for baking these too. It's just that the dark baking sheet really made these cauliflower POP in the pictures, don't ya think?
Roasted Vegan Nacho Cauliflower
- 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into bit sized pieces
- 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- a pinch of cayenne if you like it spicy!
Preheat your oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Put the bite sized pieces of cauliflower on the pan in a single layer (you may need two pans depending on the size of your pan and/or cauliflower!)
Bake for 20 minutes and remove from the oven. Leave your oven on.
Mix the nutritional yeast, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne and salt together.
Now toss the hot cauliflower with the seasoning blend. It should stick well since it's warm and steamy.
Put the cauliflower back on the baking sheet and bake for another 5-7 minutes, or until they are as browned as you desire.
Enjoy! And don't feel bad if you eat the whole batch yourself - it's an awesome snack!