Vegan Crispy Coated Cauliflower


Who doesn’t love a good Parmesan crust? In a vegan twist, we’ve coated thick slices of cauliflower with “Parm” and airy panko for a delectable crunch on top of roasted goodness. Paired with creamy beans and saucy tomatoes (prepared Mediterranean style), you won’t have much for leftovers once everyone takes a bite. Even better? This easy recipe comes together quickly, with minimal effort.

1 large organic cauliflower, leaves removed but core intact, cut into 1-inch thick slices*
1⁄2 cup Natural Grocers® Brand Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  Natural Grocers® Brand Bulk Real Salt, divided
1 1⁄2 teaspoons Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Ground Black Pepper, divided
3 cloves organic garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Parsley
1⁄3 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs
1⁄4 cup grated vegan Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Organic Dijon Mustard
1 (14.5-ounce) can Natural Grocers Brand Organic Great Northern Beans, drained
1 (14.5-ounce) can Natural Grocers Brand Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes

*Note: If cauliflower breaks apart from the slices, that’s ok! Still roast the florets.

1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Place cauliflower slices and any extra pieces on a large parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle both sides of each slice with oil (you will use about 3-4 tablespoons total) and season with 1 teaspoon of salt and ¾ teaspoon of pepper. Roast for 30 minutes, turning halfway through, until the slices begin to brown on the edges and soften.

2. While cauliflower roasts, whisk together the garlic, parsley, remaining oil, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Take half of the mix and transfer to another medium bowl along with the panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Mix well and set aside.

3. Add the beans to the first bowl and toss to coat. Whisk together the mayonnaise and mustard in a small bowl until well combined.

4. Once cauliflower is cooked, remove from oven. Carefully spread the mayo mix over the cauliflower. Top with the breadcrumb mixture and gently press into the mayo. Return sheet pan to oven and roast until the topping is golden brown, 5-7 minutes.

5. Combine the white beans and tomatoes in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes, until mixture is bubbling. Serve with the crispy cauliflower.

Recommended Beverage: Kombucha

Recommended Style: Hard Kombucha

Recommended Brand: June Shine