cauliflower quinoa recipe

This vegan, gluten-free recipe from holistic nutrition counselor, Elizabeth Stein is unbeatable. Talk about whole food cooking, this recipe manages to squeeze atremendous amount of protein, vitamins, fiber and minerals into one dish that completely satisfies. We’re not surprised to see a recipe like this from Elizabeth who is also the founder of Purely Elizabeth, a line of organic, gluten-free granola, oatmeal and baking mixes that leave little to be missed.

Says Elizabeth, “This recipe is total comfort food – but healthy comfort food. I love sharing this vegan dish with family and friends because most people are surprised that healthy, vegan food can taste this good. I’m all about using different textures and tastes to combine for an interesting, easy dish.” Get to roasting up those cruciferous veggies and enjoy slowly sauteing this dish that will leave you feeling like a gourmet – and in tip-top shape.

Pistachio Cranberry Pilaf With Roasted Cauliflower


2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup cooked lentils
1 head of cauliflower
olive oil
Himalayan sea salt
3 garlic cloves
1/3 cup cranberries
1/3 cup pistachios


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and toss with olive oil and sea salt. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add cauliflower, quinoa, lentils, cranberries and pistachios.

Sauté for 5 minutes then serve.

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  1. Yuuuuuum! I love roasted cauliflower anything! This sounds amazing.

    • We’re in the same boat, Jen – roasted cauliflower, all day, every day!

      The Chalkboard | 01.22.2014 | Reply
  2. My kinda meal!

    lynn @ the actor's diet | 01.22.2014 | Reply
    • It’s delicious – let us know if you try it out, Lynn!

      The Chalkboard | 01.23.2014 | Reply
  3. I have made this once before with great success and am going to make it again today!

    Cara's Healthy Cravings | 01.30.2014 | Reply
  4. Yumm will make it tonight we are gluten free

    Terri | 02.03.2014 | Reply
  5. Looks delicious! I think I’d also add some roasted carrots or sweet potatoes into the dish to make it more colorful, and top with some chopped Italian parsley for more color and texture. We taste delicious foods with our stomach and our EYES!

    Jessica | 02.28.2014 | Reply
  6. I’m allergic to nuts and a bunch of other weird stuff like Cherries and eggplant so I was wondering how this tastes without the pistachios.

    Lydia | 04.18.2018 | Reply
  7. Whole fresh cranberries, dried cranberries, dried unsweetened cranberries? Can’t tell what was used based on the picture. Thanks.

  8. Made this today…very wholesome! how long do you recommend keeping it in the fridge?

    Lily | 03.20.2019 | Reply

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