Monday, March 20, 2017

Vegan Cauliflower Parmesan Recipe

Meatless March continues with my favorite recipe to date, Vegan Cauliflower Parmesan.  A plant-based take on the chicken classic, this dish is a real game changer in the kitchen. 

The finished Vegan Cauliflower Parmesan on a plate with a salad and bread with the title above.

Tender, crunchy, and yes cheesy, I know you and your entire family are going to love this one!  I can't wait to share it with you so...

Let's Get Started!

Vegan Cauliflower Parmesan:
*Prep Time:  5 min *Cook Time 30 min *Difficulty:  Easy *Servings: 4-6


The ingredients needed to make the Vegan Cauliflower Parmesan Recipe

  • 1 head of Cauliflower, sliced into steaks
  • 1 jar of Marinara Sauce
  •  Shredded Almond Cheese
  • 2-3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
One of the things I love most about this recipe is that it is a one-pan meal, so to begin you will need to preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  

The head of cauliflower with the leaves and stem trimmed off.

While the oven is coming to temperature, you will need to trim the leaves from the bottom of the cauliflower as well as trim off the end of the stem.

The head of cauliflower cut into steaks.

Next cut the head of cauliflower into 1/2 inch thick steaks.

The cauliflower steaks place on a baking sheet.

Now lay them flat onto a baking sheet.

**Pro Tip:  for super easy clean up, line the baking sheet with aluminum foil.  You can simple trow it away and forgo the dishes!**

The cauliflower steaks being drizzled with olive oil.

After everything is on the baking sheet you will need to drizzle the olive oil over all of your cauliflower steaks.  You can take a brush and brush it over them evenly if you like.

The cauliflower steaks being seasoned with salt.

Then season everything with salt, pepper, and...

The cauliflower steaks being seasoned with Italian seasoning.

the Italian seasoning.

Large cauliflower florets placed together on the baking sheet to make a steak.

Okay, confession time.  Now ALL of your head of cauliflower will slice into beautiful steaks, but don't worry.  I took the large florets, place them together in the shape of a steak, and it worked just fine.

The seasoned cauliflower steaks, on a baking sheet, in the oven.

Now place the seasoned cauliflower steaks into the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

The oven roasted cauliflower steak.

Look at how beautiful that it!  Tender, but not mushy and full of flavor from all of the great seasoning.  Oh how I wish you could smell this.

Marinara sauce being spooned over the roasted cauliflower steaks.

Now you will spoon some of the marinara sauce on top of the cauliflower steaks.

Before you ask, YES, you can make your own marinara and use that, but for simplicity's sake I am using my favorite jarred sauce.  And don't worry about the rest of the jar going to waste.  I serve this with spaghetti so I pour the rest of the jar into the pot of drained pasta and toss it around until it is fully coated.

A picture of the bag of shredded almond cheese that I used for this Cauliflower parmesan.

Now it is time for the cheese.  That's right, I SAID CHEESE!!!  I found this AMAZING almond cheese from Trader Joe's and it blew my mind.  I gave it to two other people in my house without telling them it was dairy-free and no one could tell the difference!  I highly recommend you give it a try!

The cauliflower steaks with sauce and cheese on them.

Sprinkle the cheese on top of the cauliflower steak.

Bread crumbs being sprinkled on the cauliflower parmesan.

Then, for good measure, I sprinkled a little bread crumb on the top for the "breaded" affect.

But the Cauliflower Parmesan back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes and you are ready to go!

The finished vegan cauliflower parmesan on a plate with salad and bread.

And there you have it!  A beautiful Vegan Cauliflower Parmesan.  As I said earlier, this has been my favorite recipe to date during Meatless March.  I won't lie and say that it taste like chicken, but it is filling and gives you that "meatiness" you long for in a good parmesan.  I know you are going to love it so give it a try tonight!

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~

Vegan Cauliflower Parmesan:
*Prep Time:  5 min *Cook Time 30 min *Difficulty:  Easy *Servings: 4-6
By Mandee Pogue aka The Kitchen Wife


  • 1 head of Cauliflower, sliced into steaks
  • 1 jar of Marinara Sauce
  •  Shredded Almond Cheese
  • 2-3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Trim the leaves from the bottom of the head of cauliflower as well as the end of the stem. 
  3. Slice the head of cauliflower into 1/2 inch steaks. *
  4. Place onto a foil lined baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil and season with the salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
  5. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. 
  6. Remove from the oven and spoon a little marinara sauce over each steak and sprinkle with your choice of vegan cheese.  (I used the shredded almond cheese from Trader Joe's.)**
  7. Place back into the oven for another 5-10 minutes.
  8. Serve and Enjoy!
   *Not all of the cauliflower will cut into nice steaks.  I simple placed the large florets together in the baking sheet and it worked just fine. 
**To keep from wasting the marinara sauce make some spaghetti and toss the sauce with the finished noodles to serve until the Cauliflower Parmesan.  
**You can use regular mozzarella cheese if you like.  


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