Cauliflower Parmesan with Garlic Butter Breadcrumbs

For whatever reason, spring is always our busiest time at work. On our first 60+ degree sunny days, it can be REALLY hard to sit in a windowless office. Needless to say, I was not sad that my noon meeting ended early and I was able to get out for a walk. That walk, with Kindle in hand, was longer than expected because I took a new route, got a bit turned around in a neighborhood, and ended up going quite a way…

Oops. It was glorious! I raced out of work and squeezed in a quick 20 minute Peloton ride before a 5:30 presentation over Teams. My sweaty face cooperated, but the blotchy red skin I get on my neck and chest was, perhaps, noticeable. Hey, time management, folks! Gotta do what ya gotta do!

My meeting ran late and as I ascended the basement stairs, I could smell dinner cooking. Sure, I laid out the frozen meatballs and jarred marinara sauce. I had given a bit of direction before hopping into my workout. But man, food does taste better and smell better when you’re not the one preparing it! I could get used to that!

As we were sitting down to dinner, Mark informed me that we were tight on time because we were both going to play drop-in hockey and the girls would watch rink-side with the iPad. I had no idea that I had committed to this, but apparently, I did (not). I really wasn’t feeling it, but being that it’s hockey and all hockey is good hockey, I went and enjoyed. I hadn’t played at our local outdoor rink and even with the warmer temperatures, the ice was in wonderful conditions. 

After the busy and VERY active day, my back was screaming last night and the girls were in bed a bit late. The day went by in a blur and knowing it was only Tuesday, I turned in early and set my alarm to get up and finish my blog post. For whatever reason, Tuesday is typically my evening to post. It’s not a night that Gina and I normally podcast and blog traffic on Prevention RD always peaks on Sunday with Monday and Tuesday being high traffic days. It’s all you meal planners out there – I love it!

With another week, comes another fun cauliflower recipe. Simple, easy, delicious! I love how versatile cauliflower is and this satisfied my want to make “cauliflower steaks” (because I love cauliflower, not because it’s a replacement for steak!). This one was well-loved by Mark and I. My choosy eaters weren’t obsessed, but the fun presentation and cheesy-ness earned it a few bites of acceptance. Enjoy!

Cauliflower Parmesan with Garlic Butter Breadcrumbs

Cauliflower Parmesan with Garlic Butter Breadcrumbs

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Thick slices of cauliflower, cooked to tender, charred perfection and topped with marinara and lots of cheese! This vegetarian meal is packed with fun and flavor!

Ingredients

Cauliflower Parmesan:

  • 2 large heads cauliflower, sliced into 1-inch thick slices*
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 6 Tbsp shredded Parmesan

Garlic Butter Breadcrumbs:

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Mist a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Place the cauliflower on a baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil and then brush to coat the slices. Sprinkle with the Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  3. Roast the cauliflower for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, spoon the marinara over the cauliflower. Place a slice of the fresh mozzarella on top. Bake for 15 more minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and melted.
  5. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Once hot, stir in the garlic, cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Next, stir in the bread crumbs. Cook, stirring often, for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden.
  6. Serve the cauliflower over pasta, if desired, and sprinkled with the Garlic Butter Breadcrumbs.

Notes

Recipe from How Sweet Eats

*The 2 heads of cauliflower will yield ~6 large slices of the widest portion of the cauliflower. The rest will likely crumble - roast that in a separate pan or alongside the cauliflower slices!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 prepared slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 17.2gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 567mgCarbohydrates: 13.7gFiber: 3.7gSugar: 4.5gProtein: 12.2g

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2 Comments

  1. Carol Adams
    March 14, 2021 / 12:02 am

    Congrats on your Illini winning today! How fun for you! We are IU fans here.
    Hugs

    • Nicole Morrissey
      Author
      March 14, 2021 / 11:45 am

      Thanks, Carol!!! We were pumped! Hoping we can plow over OSU today, too! 😉 Love March and college basketball excitement!

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