“Cheesy” Roasted Cauliflower

Nutritional yeast is a healthy alternative to Parmesan cheese, as it holds a nutty flavor that lends itself well to everything from pasta to popcorn. Here it works to coat cauliflower, which is then roasted and transformed into an addictive snack or side.
Cheesy Cauliflower

Photo: Grace Dickinson

By Grace Dickinson

Serves: 6


  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 large head of cauliflower (about 5 to 6 heaping cups)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Parsley, for garnish, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line large baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking oil.
  2. Cut cauliflower into bite-sized florets. In a medium bowl, combine nutritional yeast, garlic powder, pepper and salt.
  3. Pour oil into a small bowl. Lightly dip each floret into oil* and then dip into nutritional yeast mixture to coat. Place on baking sheet and repeat with each floret.
  4. Bake 45 to 60 minutes, until browned. Serve and top with a handful of chopped parsley (if using).

*Cauliflower should be lightly coated in oil, not saturated, so avoid submerging it into the bowl.

Nutrients per serving (1/6 of roasted cauliflower): Calories: 143, Total Fat: 9 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 9 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 2 g, Protein: 7 g, Sodium: 33 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg

Grace Dickinson is a food blogger, photo enthusiast and recipe creator. These passions are brought together on FoodFitnessFreshAir.com, where she chronicles her experiments in the kitchen.

  • http://www.lifefitness-academy.com/ Tim

    Yuh uh um… I want to make this right now and eat the whole head of cauliflower myself!

  • Carol Neary

    What is nutritional yeast? Never heard of it.

    • Aloisae

      It is a deactivated yeast that is a good source of protein, fiber and some B vitamins. Usually it is also fortified with vitamin B12 (however, the B12 is not one of the naturally occurring B vitamins in nutritional yeast and it is not always fortified with it so check the label of the brand you buy if this is an issue) and so has become popular in vegan cooking. Another reason it is popular in vegan recipes is that it has a very distinctive taste which is a bit reminiscent of some cheeses and would fall into the “umami” category (the savory taste that is the fifth of the five basic tastes in addition to sweet, salty, sour and bitter). It isn’t sold at the “normal” grocery stores in my area but it can usually be found in health/natural food stores, often in the bulk section as well as prepackaged, and can also be purchased online.

  • Kate Audrey Butchard

    I definitely recommend using less salt than what is called for!

  • gbshelbymi

    I sort of made this today… I used half a head of cauliflower, 1/2 pound of brussels sprouts, and 1/2 of a small butternut squash. Then, I put the seasoning / yeast mixture together, then sprayed the pan with my olive oil mister. Scattered the veggies on the pan and sprayed them with the olive oil too. Finally I sprinkled the seasoning / yeast mixture over the veggies. It took about 1 hour 10 minutes at 400 for everything to cook. And it was FANTASTIC! I’m vegan and this combo made for a very satisfying meal.



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