This recipe for Crispy Cauliflower Steaks & Pesto Pasta is easy to make using pantry-friendly ingredients. Kid-friendly, vegan and healthy.
Cauliflower is acrobatic, amenable to all sorts of shapes and sizes. For this reason, it has so many names. There's cauliflower rice, cauliflower wings, cauliflower mac & cheese, to name a few. My favorite shape is the 'steak'. I like to cut my steaks thick, so they are meaty and satisfying.
Why this Cauliflower Steaks & Pesto Pasta Recipe is Fabulous
- The prep time is minimal.
- The pesto recipe is very versatile, and ready in just 7 minutes or less.
- Substitute the pine nuts for walnuts for a budget-friendly meal.
- Nutritional yeast adds essential B vitamins. (Substitute for vegan parmesan if preferred.)
- The cauliflower steaks are meaty and satisfying.
- This recipe is two for the price of one. The cauliflower steaks and pesto pasta are just as delectable on their own.
How to Make Cauliflower Steaks & Pesto Pasta
- Cut the cauliflower into 3 or 4 steaks.
- Prepare the batter.
- Dip the steaks into the batter and pan fry in a large skillet.
- Transfer the steaks to the oven and roast until crispy.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta, and blend the pesto.
- Mix the pesto with the pasta when serving.
Ingredients & Nutrition
Cauliflower is a rockstar vegetable. It's high in phytonutrients, especially sulfur-containing glucosinates. Glucosinates regulate inflammation, plus they have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. In addition, they are what give cauliflower their unique smell!
Cauliflower is high in water and fiber, keeping you hydrated and regular (in bowel movement). Water and fiber also make us feel full quickly, which is why this meal so satisfying.
Pine Nuts and Avocado
The pesto contains pine nuts and avocado, both loaded with healthy fats. Pine nuts are also a good source of iron and zinc, both of which can be low in vegan diets. Avocado is high in magnesium, which may loosen tight muscles.
Protein-rich green peas are the base for this pesto. Peas may be small, but they're highly nutritious. Just a handful will make a dent in your required daily dose of vitamins.
Nutritional yeast is similar to the yeast used in baking, but it’s been heated and dried. Use a fortified brand with the essential B vitamins.
Both veggies are nutritional powerhouses. Broccoli and cauliflower provide similar nutritional benefits, because both are members of the cruciferous family of vegetables.
While broccoli and cauliflower contain many of the same nutrients, broccoli has more of them. Overall, that makes it a slightly healthier choice.
However, cauliflower is also a very healthy vegetable. You can't go wrong with either broccoli or cauliflower.
Just be sure not to eat so much of it that you’re excluding other healthy fats from your diet. If you’re getting all of your healthy fat from avocados, you’re not getting all of the benefits from foods like olives, nuts, and seeds. Variety is key to getting everything that your body needs.
My preferred brand is Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning. Each one tablespoon serving contains 3 grams of protein. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6. It's gluten-free and fortified with folate and vitamin B12. It is an excellent choice for people who follow a vegan diet.
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