Dinner Plans: Roasted Cauliflower

Make 3 Delicious Meals From 1 Big Batch of Roasted Cauliflower

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini, Pepitas, and Herbs
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini, Pepitas, and Herbs. Credit: Brett Stevens/Getty Images

What’s for dinner? That’s always the question on a busy weeknight, isn't it? The trick with meal prep is getting interesting, delicious meals on the table for your family without extra stress. Dinner Plans is a realistic roadmap to put in a few hours of work (planning, shopping, and prepping) to get a big head start on your week.

Game Plan

Prep Time: 2 1/2 hours

  1. Roast three heads of cauliflower at the same time.
  2. Serve one and store the rest in the refrigerator into two portions. Use them as the foundation two very different dinners (or pack them up later, for lunch).
  3. Organize the ingredients for dinners 2 and 3 so they are easy to put together during the weeknight rush.
  4. Rinse, prep, and cut the produce for meals 2 and 3, if you have time.

Prep Day

Triple this spicy whole cauliflower or this tahini and herb cauliflower recipe for a veggie centerpiece that's tender and mild on the inside and deeply-caramelized on the outside. Serve one of them into big wedges and serve with ranch baked chicken thighs.

Cauliflower Recipes
Roasted Cauliflower. Kevin O'Mara

Prep Day Tips

  • Make three roasted heads cauliflower as written for one head and serve that one for dinner with roasted chicken thigh.
  • For the other two heads omit the chilies, or the tahini and harissa.
  • Label and store the other 2 in the refrigerator for cauliflower not-mac and cheese dinner, and sliced London broil with creamy cauliflower mash.
  • Organize ingredients for meals 2 and 3. Rinse the herbs. Pare and cut the vegetables.

Dinner Two

Make creamy comforting cauliflower and cheese recipe. It is creamy and mild, like mac and cheese but without the mac. Serve it with green beans or sauteed greens.

Cauliflower and Cheese Bake
Cauliflower and Cheese Bake Photo: Diana Rattray

Mashed Cauliflower with Green Beans

  • Divide the cauliflower into florets while it is still hot.
  • Store the florets in the refrigerator.
  • This casserole can be made gluten-free by substituting gluten-free cracker crumbs.
  • Serve with a side of green beans or sauteed greens.
  • This dish can be prepared and assembled, except for the crumbs, a few days ahead. When ready to serve, cover with crumbs and heat at 350 F until bubbly and browned.

Dinner Three

Make a creamy cauliflower mash and serve it with slices of garlic and herb marinated London broil.

Homemade Organic Mashed Cauliflower
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Mashed Cauliflower Tips

  • The potato in this recipe helps create a creamier texture, but if you are avoiding carbs, replace the potato with extra cauliflower.
  • Marinate the London broil for a day or two ahead and grill to medium rare.

Essential Info

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