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. Veggie bakes like this help to seamlessly transition into a grain-free or gluten-free lifestyle.
Why this dish is a perfect transitional meal
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.
Creating a casserole-like veggie bake reduces the amount of active time it requires to make your food and it also creates enough to have some for leftovers. That’s important in this time of transition because you will need to eat a lot more often than you’ll have recipes at first.
It can also be a Zero Plastic Meal!
If you can find cauliflower not wrapped in cellophane, then this meal can be plastic-free!
That’s important for our waterways and eventually our health.
Plus, it’s tasty!
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.
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!
How to make the AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake Recipe
This recipe is an adaptation from my naturalist’s initial recommendation. I’ve made it AIP friendly by replacing the original black beans with gut-healing celery and jicama and adding cancer-fighting turmeric.
Then I top it off with creamy avocado cilantro sauce just because it’s the best.
This veggie bake has layers to create distinct flavors and colors. Crunchy celery, jicama, and cilantro sit above vibrant purple cabbage. The turmeric coated cauliflower tops it off for a nice roasted finish.
You will bake this at 450 degrees. The high heat allows the cauliflower to get crispy on the top, improving the overall texture of the dish.
Serving the Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower Bake
Serve the roasted cauliflower and vegetable bake with this Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce for added creamy bliss. You can find the entire recipe here, but the quick rundown is to blend avocado, lemon, coconut milk, salt, and cilantro together until creamy, adding water if needed for consistency.
This dish is great on its own or as a side at Thanksgiving, but it also makes an excellent breakfast! Just top with an egg, that creamy avo cilantro sauce and a side of bacon. Pure bliss.
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Need other recipes for that leftover Jicama?
Have extra jicama after making this recipe? It’s awesome in these bison Jicama meatballs. It gives the texture of bread-crumb and parmesan filled meatballs, but healthier.
Jicama also makes a great chip substitute for dips. Try it with nightshade-free guac or sprouted harissa hummus.
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.
- 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.
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I bet the flavor on this is amazing.
That is Nicole! It’s pretty yummy 🙂 and I love that contrast of the hot roasted veggies and the cool avocado “cream” sauce 🙂
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!
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 🙂
Oh! I love the addition of red cabbage in this cauliflower bake!
It adds such a nice bit of color, doesn’t it? Eat the rainbow! 🌈
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.
This sounds like a delicious way to enjoy cauliflower!
I can vouch for that 🙂
This is so very good! Than you for sharing.
So glad you like it! Tag me in photos if you make it 🙂
Will do, dear!
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!
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 🙂