Why do I do this to myself?

I tend to overcomplicate things in the kitchen, and get adventurous with intricate recipes.  I spend a lot of time in the kitchen turning cauliflower into pizza, and broccoli into patties.

Yet there are silly simple recipes right under my nose.

Don’t get me wrong…

I love experimenting with foods and fun recipes.  However, as a mom with three kids, spending an hour prepping meals isn’t the best use of my time.  I need to take a free pass when I can, and jump all over recipes that require minutes of prepping.  Especially when these dishes taste just as good in the end (without all the effort nor a long list of ingredients).

Case in point: CAULIFLOWER

I’ve been testing out all the creative things I can make out of this veggie, and as a result spending more time i the kitchen than I need to.  Here are a few of the cauliflower-based recipes on my blog so far:

Family-Friendly Cauliflower

But you won’t be hard-pressed to also find recipes like this elsewhere:

  • Cauliflower soup
  • Cauliflower pizza crusts
  • Cauliflower patties
  • Cauliflower muffins

While all of the above are delicious and fun to serve, I think I deserve a break.  We all do, darn it!

Keeping it simple doesn’t equate to being lazy, or disinteresting, or ‘yucky’ as our kids would put it.

There’s an even better way to serve cauliflower – it doesn’t require grinding, chopping, sauteeing, blending, steaming (it doesn’t require a lot of time either).

It’s so easy, it hardly requires a recipe for goodness sake!  Because it is a whole roasted cauliflower.

Just take a cauliflower, remove leaves, coat it with oil and spices (this is my go to spice for everything right now) and bake the darn thing.  While it’s baking you can pack lunches, call a friend, sip some tea, or pull out the Superpower Foods Placemat and have some fun watching you child explore a new food (maybe some cauliflower?).

The world is your oyster for the 50 minutes while that cauliflower bakes.

Easy cauliflower recipe

Let’s not keep you waiting.

Here’s our new favourite way of eating cauliflower!

Whole Roasted Cauliflower for the Whole Family

Roasted Whole Cauliflower

The easiest way to make cauliflower that looks pretty and tastes awesome too. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or avocado oil unrefined
  • .5 tbsp Herbamare (or just sea salt and pepper) https://amzn.to/308rFSm


  1. Set oven to 400 degrees 

  2. Remove base and leaves from cauliflower, and place on baking sheet.

  3. Coat with oil and spices (rub everywhere!)

  4. Bake for 45-60 minutes (until slightly browned on top, and tender to poke with fork or knife)

I’m not the only one on the ‘whole roasted cauliflower’ kick.  Here’s more inspiration for recipes:

Whole roasted cauliflower

Whole Roasted Cauliflower from Simple Vegan Blog

whole roasted cauliflower

Oven Baked Whole Roasted Cauliflower from the Healthy Foodie

Whole roasted cauliflower

Turmeric-Spiced Whole Roasted Cauliflower from Cookie and Kate

And if your children don’t quite enjoy cauliflower yet, send them exploring!

If you need inspiration on how to help your child learn to like cauliflower (and other foods) on their own…check out this clever mealtime tool.

picky eater placemat