AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake that will make grain-free easy

This AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe includes gut healing celery, creamy avocado sauce, and the essence of comfort food without the unhealthy ingredients. If you’re going Grain-Free, Paleo or AIP and don’t know what to eat, here’s a perfect staple for your new lifestyle.

My blood pumped and my mind raced as I scanned my colorful planner looking for meal-prep time. On a college budget with a full course load and 2 1/2 jobs, the thought of preparing each meal and snack from scratch to be gluten free seemed impossible.

This was 2007, before every grocery store stocked gluten-free bread, restaurants annotated GF menu options, and planners moved onto our smart phones.

I thought I’d starve, or at least go broke, making the transition.

But after discovering gluten as the source of my health problems, I knew I had to eat gluten free.

This easy and hearty AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe is the perfect new staple for your paleo, grain free, and gluten free lifestyle. This easy and hearty AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe is the perfect new staple for your paleo, grain free, and gluten free lifestyle.

It was harder to make the transition to gluten-free living back then, but I’m happy for that. The lack of gluten-free substitutes forced me to eat healthier and focus on fresh vegetables, sustainable meats, and creamy avocado sauces.

What I learned transitioning to a Grain Free and Gluten Free lifestyle

Going gluten free back in 2007 opened my eyes to the amount of junk in typical American diets. Gluten, as well as many other unwanted ingredients, hide well in the boxes and cans lining the grocery aisle. It can be hard to navigate.  

This easy and hearty AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe is the perfect new staple for your paleo, grain free, and gluten free lifestyle.This easy and hearty AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe is the perfect new staple for your paleo, grain free, and gluten free lifestyle.

In one of our first sessions, my naturalist helped me immensely by listing out alternative food ideas. She suggested plant-forward recipes to naturally transition to nutrient-rich, vegetable-based meals and reduce processed foods.

This easy and hearty AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe is the perfect new staple for your paleo, grain free, and gluten free lifestyle.

She first recommended a cabbage and cauliflower bake loaded with black beans and turkey. Simplicity, cost, and ability to prepare large amounts ahead of time makes the cauliflower bake perfect for my busy life.  Plus it’s easy, tasty, filling, and best of all… nurtures the body.

Veggie bakes like this AIP friendly turmeric cauliflower bake help to seamlessly transition into a grain free or gluten free lifestyle. The soft cauliflower and savory aroma transplant you to the hearty casseroles from family dinners. But, you are nurturing the body with healthy vegetables packed full of vitamins and full of flavor.

AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe

Today I’m adjusting my naturalist’s initial recommendation to be AIP friendly by replacing the beans with gut healing celery and jicama and adding cancer-fighting turmeric. I top it off with creamy avocado cilantro sauce just because it’s the best.

The AIP friendly turmeric cauliflower bake is in layers to create distinct flavors and colors. Crunchy celery, jicama, and cilantro sit above vibrant purple cabbage. The turmeric coated cauliflower tops it off to get a nice roasted finish.

This easy and hearty AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe is the perfect new staple for your paleo, grain free, and gluten free lifestyle.

There are just a few steps to this dish and you can eat it in several ways. I like it plain for lunch, as a side for dinner, and with an egg on top for breakfast!

This easy and hearty AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe is the perfect new staple for your paleo, grain free, and gluten free lifestyle, and great with an egg on top!

This updated AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe helped me adjust to a gluten free, grain free lifestyle, and it still helps me today when I’m feeling too busy to make good choices. Hopefully, it can be an easy, cheap, and delicious recipe for you to make when you’re having trouble navigating the grocery aisles.

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This easy and hearty AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe is the perfect new staple for your paleo, grain free, and gluten free lifestyle, and great with an egg on top!

Serve with this Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce for added creamy bliss. Just blend avocado, lemon, coconut milk, salt, and cilantro together until creamy, adding water if needed for consistency. Find detailed instructions in the linked  Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce recipe.

Simple 5 ingredient Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce Recipe makes a great Paleo or Whole 30 salad dressing or side sauce that's gluten free and dairy free.

 Additional Gluten Free Cauliflower Recipes

If you’re like me and can’t get enough cauliflower, try these other delicious gluten free recipes from the It’s Gluten Free – Pass it On! team. Each month we choose a special ingredient, and this month’s recipes feature cauliflower. I can’t wait to try them all!

Find out what the group is up to and see more gluten free recipes on our It’s Gluten Free, Pass it On Pinterest Page. Last month we made frozen treats… yum.

You might also enjoy Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower and Kale Sauce Flatbread

This Roasted Cauliflower and Kale Sauce Flatbread Recipe is a completely reinvented look at pizza: gluten free crust, nightshade free sauce, and dairy free.

or this Deconstructed Steak Tacos on Curried Cauliflower Steak.

The Deconstructed Steak Taco on Curried Cauliflower Steak recipe merges the flavors of street tacos with Asian cuisine and the traditional steak house: Latin fusion that's healthy, gluten free, grain free and dairy free.

Have extra jicama after making this recipe? It’s a great chip substitute for dips. Try it with nightshade free guac or sprouted harissa hummus.

Prepare to have your mind and taste buds blown with this delicious sprouted Harissa hummus recipe. Quick, easy, healthy and kind to sensitive stomachs.

This easy and hearty AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe is the perfect new staple for your paleo, grain free, and gluten free lifestyle.
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AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe

If you're going Grain-Free, Paleo or AIP and don't know what to eat, here's a perfect staple for your new lifestyle. AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe includes gut healing celery, creamy avocado sauce, and the essence of comfort food without the unhealthy ingredients.
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American, dairy free, gluten free, healthy, paleo, vegan

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped red cabbage about 1/3 head red cabbage
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil can substitute for olive oil
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1/4 cup jicama finely diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 dashes powdered turmeric
  • 3 grinds fresh pepper
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 head cauliflower 4 cups

Instructions

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Spread red cabbage evenly in baking pan
  3. Mix celery, jicama, cilantro, 1 tbsp of the avocado oil, 1 pinch salt, 3 dashes pepper and 3 dashes turmeric together. Layer the mixture on top of cabbage
    This easy and hearty AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe is the perfect new staple for your paleo, grain free, and gluten free lifestyle.
  4. In mixing bowl, combine remaining 1 tbsp avocado oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 2 tbsps water with 2 tsp turmeric and a pinch of salt. Wisk together until evenly mixed.

  5. Coarsely chop cauliflower and add to the bowl with turmeric mixture. Stir until cauliflower is evenly coated with the turmeric goodness
  6. Layer turmeric cauliflower on top of celery mix in pan
    This easy and hearty AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe is the perfect new staple for your paleo, grain free, and gluten free lifestyle.
  7. Bake at 450 for 45 minutes
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Great with an egg on top for breakfast!   

Want ideas for your extra jicama? It's a great chip substitute for dips. Try it with nightshade free guac or sprouted harissa hummus.

 

18 Comments Add yours

  1. I bet the flavor on this is amazing.

    1. Alicia says:

      That is Nicole! It’s pretty yummy 🙂 and I love that contrast of the hot roasted veggies and the cool avocado “cream” sauce 🙂

  2. I had the same experience as you Alicia. I went strictly dairy free before there were dairy alternatives littering the shelves. When people ask me what cheese alternative I use, I say I don’t! I simply didn’t make the transition that way! This dish looks like one I would have loved then and would love today. I definitely need to try it!

    1. Alicia says:

      Thanks for sharing your story Alisa. It’s such a different experience when you have to just omit certain food groups. And I made the dairy-free transition later, but I still don’t use DF cheese. Maybe it’s because of my original transition with gluten. Glad you like it 🙂

  3. Oh! I love the addition of red cabbage in this cauliflower bake!

    1. Alicia says:

      It adds such a nice bit of color, doesn’t it? Eat the rainbow! 🌈

  4. Good For You Gluten Free says:

    Such a beautiful and healing recipe. Thanks for sharing your story too. I bet it was hard to find good GF and grain-free foods in 2007. Things have come a long way – and people like you are to thank for paving the way for this new way of eating and thinking.

  5. Raia T. says:

    This sounds like a delicious way to enjoy cauliflower!

    1. Alicia says:

      I can vouch for that 🙂

  6. This is so very good! Than you for sharing.

    1. Alicia says:

      So glad you like it! Tag me in photos if you make it 🙂

  7. So beautiful and healthy too – I would love this and probably not want to share a bite, LOL. Great way to get my family to eat healthy!

    1. Alicia says:

      Haha- it’s hard to share this one 🙂 admits the perfect healthy side for the family because it doesn’t feel like your missing out. Like healthy food disguised as comfort food 🙂

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