Company cauliflower is good enough to serve to company, but so good that you might not want to! This cauliflower side dish will rock your healthy, low carb, THM S dinner!
This is a celebration cauliflower side dish. It will take your regular meal and turn it into something delightful.
This cauliflower side dish makes any night feel like a special occasion. Our favorite way to eat it is to pair it with a salad and a grass-fed, Butcher Box steak or some Crispy Lickin’ Chicken from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. Happy dinner, indeed!
We tend to have it on Meatloaf Monday in my easy, reusable THM menu.
While this yummy side dish fits in easily with a THM S meal, if you’re only following the Keto Diet or a low carb diet, please take a minute to check out these potential risks from my experiences as a healthcare provider.
Converting A Family Favorite Into A Cauliflower Side Dish
If you’re following the Trim Healthy Mama diet like I am, then you’re probably familiar with a meme floating around in THM Facebook groups about cauliflower. It mentions that all your carbs (and joy) have been replaced with cauliflower.
But with this dish, you won’t mind at all!
Growing up, my mom made this super delicious, food-coma-inducing Company Potatoes recipe for special occasions (like holidays, good-report-card days, and steak night). They’re crispy and flavorful and terrible for your waistline.
So, I’ve been working for the last few weeks to bring you the refined, low-carb-ified version of Company Cauliflower! Many, many test recipes have gone down in my kitchen (lol, and my belly!)… I have suffered (wink wink) through all the versions to bring you the very best one.
This is the cauliflower side dish that you actually WANT to eat!
Refined Coconut Oil Vs. Unrefined Coconut Oil
As an integrative medicine physician assistant, I gotta take a minute to give you some details on which coconut oil you want and why for this cauliflower side dish.
The biggest differences between the two are taste and smell.
Refined coconut oil has a neutral aroma and flavor. Unrefined, virgin coconut oil still tastes and smells like coconuts. Refined coconut oil usually comes from dried coconuts while unrefined is made from fresh ones.
If you buy a high quality brand of coconut oil, the health benefits should be the same from either version. I love to use Amazon gift cards earned free from Swagbucks to get high quality brands.
Both should be high in medium chain fatty acids and lauric acid, all of which can help to boast your metabolism, have antimicrobial properties, and nourish your skin and brain.
Additionally, I find refined coconut oil to be a little more budget friendly.
Related Posts: 14 Easy Ways To Save Money on THM
Cauliflower Side Dish Recipe Notes
1. Make Clean Up Easy
I recommend lining your baking dish with parchment paper. As you roast these cauliflower pieces, sometimes little pieces get plastered to the bottom of the pan.
Enjoy your amazing cauliflower side dish; don’t get bogged down scouring dishes afterwards! If you use parchment paper, it’ll keep the little bits from becoming one with the pan. You’ll still have to wash the dish because of the leftover oil, but you won’t be scrubbing for 40 days and 40 nights.
2. Frozen Vs. Fresh Cauliflower
As you’ll see in the recipe note, you can definitely use either frozen or fresh cauliflower in your recipe. I use frozen more often because it’s $0.99 at Walmart (we love the easy grocery pick up!), and it reduces meal prep time because I don’t have to cut anything.
Pick whichever form of cauliflower that you and your family prefer.
For frozen cauliflower, bake it for 40-50 minutes at 375 degrees. Mine took exactly 45 minutes. You want to see the roast-y goodness, so there should be darkened, roasted spots appearing on the cauliflower.
For fresh cauliflower, cut the head of cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and follow the directions for coating with oil and spices. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees (until the roasted goodness spots appear).
3. Mineral Salt Vs. Table Salt
Quick note on the amount of salt in this recipe. If you’re using sea salt or pink Himalayan salt or mineral salt (this one is my fav!), you may wish to use just 1/4 teaspoon. Mineral salt tends to be a bit saltier than regular table salt. If using table salt, I would recommend the full 1/2 teaspoon.
I have used both salts in this recipe and love it both ways! In general, I use some table salt every week to get some iodine into my diet.
Iodine is vital for healthy thyroid function, and can play a vital role in breast and ovarian tissue as well. If you’re curious, check back next month for more explanation in my thyroid and balancing female hormones guides. But if you’re looking to lose weight and feel great, a healthy thyroid is super important!
Mineral salt is fantastic for lots of things, but it’s usually low in iodine. For Himalayan salt, iodine levels vary based on the amount of rainfall in the area. For sea salt, ironically, iodine tends to be low; iodine is much higher in things found at the bottom of the sea, like kelp and seafood.
4. Serving A Crowd
This recipe is written in the amounts that I use for my family with just 2-3 servings.
Please feel free to double or triple everything if you’ve really got company coming to eat.
5. The Final Step
Coconut oil is a funny thing. When it comes in contact with cold and frozen foods, it freezes up immediately. Don’t let this worry you at all!
During the prep stage, you’ll pour the liquid coconut oil and spices over cold or frozen cauliflower. It will solidify, and that’s totally normal. Don’t stress over this at all.
When the cauliflower is done roasting in the oven, be sure to toss the cauliflower in the juices before serving. You don’t need to lap up all the oil in the pan, but it should help to more evenly distribute the spices and yumminess.
More Easy THM Resources
For even more fun stuff to keep you on plan, check out all my THM resources to keep you happily and easily on plan. There’s a giant list of speedy S meals, easy E meals, my secret weapon for staying on plan, and a reusable one week menu tailored to you!
The cauliflower side dish that you’ll actually want to eat! Good enough that you could serve it to company, so good that you may not want to!
- 10 oz bag of frozen cauliflower
- 3 Tbl melted refined coconut oil
- 1/4-1/2 tsp mineral salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 2 Tbl. Parmesan cheese (from the green can)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees for frozen cauliflower. Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with parchment paper or spray pan with coconut oil spray. Place frozen cauliflower in pan, spread out evenly so that cauliflower is a single layer deep.
In a small bowl, mix together melted coconut oil, spices, and cheese. Spoon over cauliflower.
Bake in oven for 40-50 minutes (45 minutes worked perfectly in my gas oven). Remove from oven and toss cauliflower to mix it in the spices and oil in the pan. Serve warm and enjoy!
For fresh cauliflower: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Let cauliflower come to room temperature. Cut cauliflower into bite size pieces and place in large bowl. In a small bowl, combine other ingredients, then pour over cauliflower and mix thoroughly. Spread out on prepared pan and make one layer deep (no cauliflower stacked on top of each other). Bake for 15-20 minutes until roasted. Toss cauliflower in spices and oil that has accumulated at the bottom of the pan. Serve warm.
Resources That I Love
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