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Roasted Cauliflower Steaks With Sunflower Seed Pesto
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43 min total
When it comes to good nutrition and disease prevention, this flavor-packed side dish — made with cauliflower and sunflower seeds — offers a one-two punch. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, which research shows may... help to reduce cancer risk. It also contains fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K (good for bone health) and potassium. When roasted, cauliflower becomes tender and slightly sweet. Sunflower seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and add a bit of crunch to the pesto. They are rich in vitamin E, selenium and other antioxidants, and including them in a wholesome and healthy diet may also protect against cancer.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. (If using foil, spray with nonstick cooking spray.) Place cauliflower on prepared baking sheet, and brush “steaks” and florets with 2 teaspoons of oil. Sprinkle with pinch of salt and pepper. Roast until lightly caramelized and almost cooked through, about 18 minutes.
Gently flip each “steak” and floret and brush with 1 more teaspoon of oil. Sprinkle with thyme, a pinch of salt and pepper and roast until well caramelized and cooked through, about 10 more minutes.
While cauliflower is roasting, prepare the pesto. Place olive oil, basil, sunflower seeds, mustard, honey, and garlic in bowl of a small food processor and pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and pulse a few more times until well combined and desired flavor is achieved.
Arrange cauliflower on large plate or platter. Top with pesto, and garnish with sunflower seeds, thyme, and basil.