Another Nor’easter heading our way….seriously? Enough already! Passover (and Easter) is just over 2 weeks away and we’re still dealing with snow….and not just a flurry but a full-on blizzard with predictions of well over a foot to shovel. Snow day and it would be a good time to nail down your holiday menu, or just peruse some new stuff for everyday eating. Cauliflower steaks with chimichurri are equally at home in either scenario.
Cauliflower steaks with chimichurri would be a great addition to a Seder or Easter table. Most holiday menus are heavy on the traditional foods and light on the veggies and healthier options. In addition to being full of nutrition, this is gorgeous served on a large platter. If you’re looking for a show stopper—-that doesn’t require much hands on time, look no further!
Chimichurri is a South American sauce that is used predominantly on grilled beef, but I think it adds a burst of flavor that is ideal for roasted veggies. Cauliflower steaks are the perfect vegan option for chimichurri sauce. I like to baste some chimichurri on the steaks before roasting, plus pass around some extra sauce as a condiment.
Using fresh herbs is a wonderful way to enhance the taste of any dish while also adding in some nutrition. Parsley has benefits found in leafy greens. It’s a great source of Vitamins K, C and A, folic acid, and anti-oxidants. Parsley provides protection against Rheumatoid Arthritis, cancer and heart disease and is anti-inflammatory. Oregano is another super-herb. The impressive health benefits of oregano include its ability to protect the immune system, prevent the onset of chronic diseases, improve digestion, detoxify the body, strengthen the bones, improve heart health, boost energy levels and even protect against diabetes. What a winning combo!
Cauliflower is both nutritious and delicious. It has a neutral flavor and therefore lends itself well to a tasty sauce like chimichurri. The anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties present in cauliflower have been shown to prevent oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals. It’s a great source of dietary fiber that aids in digestion, contains Vitamin C that helps absorb iron in the blood, and is rich in antioxidants and immune-strengthening nutrients. Other health benefits of eating cauliflower include reduced risk of cancer, maintaining bone health, protection from the harmful effects of UV sun rays, helps to boost eye health and maintain hormonal balance.
Slicing cauliflower into steaks simplifies prep work plus the presentation is so impressive. The chimichurri sauce has few ingredients, is very tasty and comes together in no time. Cauliflower steaks with chimichurri is an interesting and tasty vegan addition to any menu.