Simple sides are a busy mom’s saving grace. That’s why I am seriously obsessed with my grill. It takes any old veggie and turns it into something drool worthy (like broccoli, corn, or zucchini) with minimum effort. If it is grill-able, I will find a way to make it happen. That’s just one less pan I have to clean up when dinner is over and a healthy veggie I won’t have to fight my kids to eat. This Grilled Whole Roasted Cauliflower is easier than you can possibly imagine, as minimum prep work is required and it is served family style for a tasty side you’ll make over and over again.
Speaking of serving meals family style, one of my favorite tips (I shared this on my instagram just the other night) is to serve grilled meals in a large bowl or on a platter. Straight from the grill to the platter to the plate. No need for tons of serving dishes or bowls that you’ll just have to wash later and everything can be simply and beautifully arranged to make it feel like you’re getting this amazingly huge feast for dinner. Something about big heaped on piles of food just screams hearty, even if it’s all low-cal veggies and lean meats.
When I say hearty and low-cal in the same sentence, many of you would scoff, but as tons of you already know cauliflower is just that. It is filling and almost meaty in its’ texture while being full of vitamins, minerals, and even protein. If you’re following whole30, paleo, or vegetarian/vegan diets, cauliflower is a saving grace of flavor and fulfillment. I’ve seen people roasting whole heads of cauliflower and eating them as one (i.e. me) might roast and eat a big hunk of beef. For us, it’s the perfect side dish but you go on and eat it however you see fit and enjoy! I season mine liberally with my Homemade Sweet Rub, but any seasoning rub you love can be used. If you’re not into collecting different rubs and spices, salt and cracked black pepper are delicious as well!
- 1 head cauliflower
- 2 tsbp olive oil
- 2 tsp spice seasoning or salt and pepper
- Break off any large and excess leaves on the bottom of the cauliflower. Use a large knife to cut the stem flat so the cauliflower sits without tipping over.
- Start your grill and set the heat to medium. Allow the grill to preheat to approximately 400 degrees while you season the cauliflower.
- Drizzle the cauliflower with the olive oil and season. Place in a grill basket for stability (if you have one) or onto a baking sheet. Put in the grill and roast for 25-30 minutes or until the flesh of the cauliflower is fork tender and the top begins to brown.
- Serve immediately by slicing off large pieces for each portion. Enjoy!