Balsamic Greens with Cauliflower Steaks

Dark leafy greens, sautéed with onions, raisins and garlic pair beautifully with meaty cauliflower steaks for a hearty and satisfying plant-based meal.
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Balsamic Greens with Cauliflower Steaks

FOR THE WELLNESS OVERACHIEVER: For an additional dose of nutrients, swap in goji berries instead of raisins. They are chock-full of free radical–fighting antioxidants and contain immune-boosting vitamin C.

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  • 4Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 small heads cauliflower (TIP: Choose heads with tight clusters of florets if possible.)

    2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil, divided

    ½ tsp sea salt, divided

    ground black pepper, to taste

    ½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth or water

    1 small yellow onion, diced

    ¼ cup unsulfured raisins

    2 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced

    1 lb mixed baby greens (such as baby kale, chard and spinach)

    2 tsp white balsamic vinegar

    4 oz full-fat feta cheese, crumbled

    ¼ cup fresh dill

    3 tbsp sliced unsalted almonds

Preparation

1. Prepare cauliflower steaks: Trim away large outer leaves from cauliflower and trim bottom stem end. With stem end facing up, cut straight through the middle of the core. Trim the rounded side on each half that isn’t cut, keeping the core intact, giving you two “steaks” with flat sides. Reserve the florets that were cut off for another use.

2. In a large skillet on medium- high, heat 4 tsp oil. Arrange cauliflower steaks in skillet and season with ¼ tsp salt and pepper. Sear until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Carefully turn over using a spatula and sear other side until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Pour in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook cauliflower, covered, until barely tender, about 5 minutes. Uncover, and cook until all liquid has evaporated. Transfer cauliflower steaks to a plate.

3. In same skillet (no need to clean it out) on medium, heat remaining 2 tsp oil. Add onion and sauté until tender and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add raisins and garlic and sauté until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.

4. In batches, add greens and sauté until wilted. Season with remaining ¼ tsp salt, additional black pepper and vinegar. Nestle cauliflower steaks in greens, sprinkle with feta and cover. Turn off heat and let feta soften slightly, about 5 minutes. Top with dill and almonds.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 cauliflower steak and ¼ of greens
  • Calories: 349
  • Carbohydrate Content: 23 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 25 mg
  • Fat Content: 16 g
  • Fiber Content: 7 g
  • Protein Content: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 6 g
  • Sodium Content: 560 mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content: 8 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 1 g