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Easy Roasted Cauliflower

Claire Wright

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Serves: 4 (as a side)

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 30 mins


1 head of cauliflower, cut into small florets

olive oil

salt & pepper

optional spices or herbs for flavouring: paprika, smoked paprika, ground cumin, ground coriander or mixed herbs (or have fun trying out your own favourites)

Veg Portions / Serving: 1


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Recipe created for Veg Power by Claire Wright. Food photography by Claire Wright |

Claire Wright from shares 3 simple ways to prepare cauliflower that the whole family will enjoy.

I always thought I would never enjoy cauliflower unless it was smothered in a cheese sauce. I just wasn’t that fussed about it, and the flavour bugged me. This is the way of preparing cauliflower that finally tipped me over the fence into a cauli-lover. Roasting cauliflower brings out its natural sweetness and makes it a winner with kids and adults alike.


Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Place cauliflower florets on a baking tray and toss with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt & pepper and sprinkle over a pinch of (smoked or regular) paprika, ground cumin, ground coriander or some dried mixed herbs. Roast for 25-30 mins, until everything is soft and just catching on the edges. Serve hot as a side, or cold with a dip as a snack.

Kids in the kitchen:

Let the kids break florets off the cauliflower head with their hands. Show older children how to carefully cut bigger florets with a knife. Let them toss the florets into the oil and sprinkle on the spices.

Claire Wright

Communications Manager: After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member in 2018 to take on the role of Communications Manager, looking after Veg Power's website and social media platforms.

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