Fennel-roasted cauliflower with quinoa

This fennel-roasted cauliflower with quinoa recipe is not only quick and extremely tasty, but it’s also just that little bit different and vegan to boot!


1 large cauliflower, or 2 small ones, separated into florets
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
2 peppers (mix of red, yellow or orange), chopped
1 courgette, halved lengthways, cored and chopped
1 small garlic clove, crushed
1 lemon, juiced and zested
4 tbsp yogurt
250g quinoa, cooked

Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the cauliflower for 5 mins. Drain and spread out on a surface so any excess water evaporates.

Crush the fennel and coriander seeds using a pestle and mortar and mix with the paprika and a pinch of seasoning Put the cauliflower in a large bowl, drizzle with half the olive oil and sprinkle over the spice mix. Toss the florets to fully coat them.

Tip the florets onto a baking tray and space them apart. Put the red onions, peppers and courgettes on a separate baking tray, drizzle with the remaining oil, and cook both for 30-35 mins, turning halfway through so they brown all over and turn slightly crisp in places.

Mix the garlic with lemon juice and stir through the yogurt, adding a little extra water to loosen if needed. Stir the roasted onions, peppers and courgettes into the cooked quinoa along with the lemon zest and a pinch of salt.

Pile the quinoa salad onto a plate, then top with the cauliflower florets. Drizzle over the garlic yogurt.


Recipe by BBCgoodfood