Roasted “Loaded” Cauliflower {a Paleo, Keto, GAPS, Whole30 Side Dish, or top with a fried egg or simple roasted chicken for a main dish; AIP version included}

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Cauliflower is one of those rare, perfect vegetables that’s creamy, rich and satisfying, yet it’s low in carbohydrates, so it fits all five traditional diets that are popular for healing the gut and wellness: Paleo, Keto, GAPS, Whole30 and AIP. Amazing.

I give the AIP variations below. Obviously no cheese, no black pepper, and no egg on top. But roasted chicken is almost as easy to prepare. (This dish does not need cheese to be lovely and special.)

This is a one-pan side dish that can quickly become an easy main dish by simply adding a fried egg, or baked chicken pieces (thighs and drumsticks), which can roast while the cauli is cooking.

You’ll love how the cauliflower roasts in the bacon fat!!– brilliant, effective, easy (one pan!) and delicious.

Definitely include the green onions and fresh thyme. These toppings add so much, especially in winter, when we crave fresh food to keep our bodies happy and energized.

Enjoy!

 

Roasted “Loaded” Cauliflower {Paleo, Keto, GAPS, Whole30, AIP}

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Roasted "Loaded" Cauliflower {Paleo, Keto, GAPS, Whole30, AIP}
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Servings Prep Time
5-6 servings 35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5-6 servings 35 minutes
Roasted "Loaded" Cauliflower {Paleo, Keto, GAPS, Whole30, AIP}
Yum
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
5-6 servings 35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5-6 servings 35 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spread bacon out on a large baking sheet (preferably a half sheet [see link below in Recipe notes]). Bake until done, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove bacon to plate, and set aside. Keep pan with fat.
  4. Spread out cauliflower on pan with bacon fat. Sprinkle with sea salt and optional pepper. Toss well with two spoons, so cauliflower is well-coated with fat. (*At this point, if you wish to make a one-pan dinner with roasted chicken, see instructions below in Recipe notes.)
  5. Roast cauliflower about 22 minutes, or until tinged with brown on its edges.
  6. Remove pan from oven. Add green onions' whites and optional cheese. Reduce oven temp to 200 degrees.
  7. Put back in oven for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven. Transfer to serving dish with any pan juices. Top with green onions' greens and fresh thyme. Serve.
  9. For individual servings, plate individual portions, top with green onions and thyme, and top with optional fried eggs for main course dish. For egg-free and AIP option, top with simple roasted chicken and serve with side salad.
Recipe Notes

Here's the half sheet baking pan I use for all non-reactive baking (roasted veggies, roasted chicken and baked goods).

*If you wish to roast chicken to make a one-pan dinner, we'll use the same bacon pan after Step 4: so...toss cauli in bacon fat with sea salt as Step 4 directs. Then put this cauli aside in a large bowl. Spread chicken legs (bone in, skin on, about 1.5 lbs) out on baking sheet. Roll them over a bit in the fat. Sprinkle with sea salt and optional black pepper (omit for AIP). Reduce heat to 375, and bake 10 minutes. Remove pan; increase oven temp to 400. Spread cauli on baking sheet all around chicken pieces, using a spatula to scrape any extra fat from bowl onto chicken pieces, basting them. Resume recipe with Step 5, baking cauli for about 22 minutes...

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  • Renee Kohley

    I am making this tomorrow for breakfast! I miss my eggs, but will top it with sausage! Thank you!

  • linda spiker

    Holy moly. Now I want that for breakfast!

  • Joni Jessica

    This looks amazing! I can imagine it’s a great flavor combo!

  • What a great way to dress up a simple vegetable dish. Looks amazing!

  • Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva

    I am SO making this!! What is there NOT to love??!!
    Such a great combo!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay, Tessa! I agree, fully good stuff! 😉 Thank you!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks, Jean!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks, Joni!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yeees, with that fried egg, agreed! Thanks, Linda!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay, Renee. Delicious and lovely! Sausages are definitely staples here too!

  • Kim

    This looks amazing. I’m thinking of adding avocado to mine at the end.

  • Megan Stevens

    Cool, sounds good! Love that with the bacon and green onions!

  • Christina Nesbitt Shoemaker

    This looks incredible!! I would eat this for every meal. <3

  • Lindsey Dietz

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I have never wanted to dive into a bowl of cauliflower more!

  • Katie Stanley

    Oh yum! I’m thinking about trying the Whole 30 next month, so I will need to remember this. 🙂