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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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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.
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!
- Grilled Buffalo Cauliflower Florets by Jane at The Heritage Cook
- (sub coconut butter and omit dressing to make dairy free and vegan)
- Lacto-Fermented Cauliflower by Raia at Raia’s Recipes
- Gluten Free Cauliflower Breadsticks by Jenny at Good For You Gluten Free
- (contains dairy)
- Gluten Free Roasted Cauliflower Soup by Amanda at My Gluten-Free Miami
- (sub milk with 1/2 cup soaked cashews pureed with 1/2 cup water for dairy free option)
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
or this Deconstructed Steak Tacos on Curried Cauliflower Steak.
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.
AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe
- 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
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Spread red cabbage evenly in baking pan
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
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.
Coarsely chop cauliflower and add to the bowl with turmeric mixture. Stir until cauliflower is evenly coated with the turmeric goodness
Layer turmeric cauliflower on top of celery mix in pan
Bake at 450 for 45 minutes
Serve and enjoy!
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.