What started out as a Smokey Cauliflower Steak for dinner turned into an epic wholefoods plant based feast.
Even better that the spinach and kale came from my own garden.
The chickpea tomato sauce was delicious and will now be a regular addition to my meals. I could eat it by itself.
Check out my recipe below.
CAULIFLOWER STEAK WITH MIDDLE EASTERN CHICKPEA TOMATO SAUCE, ROAST VEGGIES, SPINACH AND KALEPrint Recipe
- 2 x cauliflower steaks (one inch thickness)
- 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
- 1/2 lemon
- 6 cherry tomatoes
- 1 small zucchini
- 1 cup of small button mushrooms
- 6 stems of kale
- 6 large steams of spinach
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 tablespoons of Savannah's Middle Eastern Spice mix
- 1 tin of peeled or diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
- Half a tin of chickpeas
- Dry chilli flakes
- Cracked black pepper
Rub the smoked paprika into both sides of the cauliflower steaks then drizzle with lemon juice. Set aside for as long as you can spare. Overnight and throughout the day if possible.
Cook on a hot non-stick griddle pan until the surface starts to soften. 7-10 minutes on each side.
Place the cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and large chunky slices of zucchini in a bowl and sprinkle over 1 tablespoon of the Middle Eastern spice mix. Add some fresh thyme. Toss the mixture together so all the veggies are well coated with the spice mix and thyme.
Cook in an air fryer on 180 degrees celsius for 5 minutes.
Dice the garlic and place in a non-stick frypan and cook until the aroma is released. add in the rough chopped spinach. Add the other tablespoon of Middle Eastern spice mix and a dash of water. Stir regularly until the spinach has reduced by half.
Rinse kale under cold water then shake dry. Sprinkle lightly with cumin and chilli flakes. Place in the air fryer for just 3 minutes on 180 degrees celsius.
Place garlic and diced onion into the same non stick frypan you cooked the spinach in. Brown off then add the tin of tomatoes and chickpeas.
Add in the cumin and cinnamon then stir in well. Reduce to simmer until excess liquid has evaporated while continuing to stir regularly.
Plate up and enjoy.
* You can choose to cook the cauliflower steaks only briefly on each side if you prefer things on the raw side.