Meatless Monday: Gluten-Free Cauliflower Steaks and Potato Fritters

Once upon a time, Oldest Child thought they hated cauliflower. Until one day, they came into the kitchen while I was cooking, lured in by the delicious smells, and asked me what I was making and could they have some. Boy were they surprised when they were handed a serving of cauliflower steak. Naturally, they loved it, and it’s been in our regular meal rotation ever since. And here’s how we do it.

Cauliflower Steak

1 medium head of cauliflower
2 tbs gluten-free soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
1 tbs olive oil
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
Salt, pepper, and other seasonings to taste

*Nutrition facts at bottom

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into 1/2 inch slices.
  3. Mix the soy sauce and olive oil and brush over the “steaks.”
  4. Sprinkle both sides with paprika, salt/pepper, and seasonings of choice.
  5. Lay flat on baking sheet and bake for approx. 20 minutes or until browned and soft enough to puncture with a fork.

You can grill these instead, but consider grilling them on top of foil or a plank because they crumble easily.

Once they’ve finished cooking, brush the steaks with butter (or vegan butter for dairy-free). Cover with foil and let rest for a few minutes before serving.

Potato Fritters

2 large russet potatoes, peeled and shredded
1 large carrot, shredded
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
2 flax eggs (see below for additional instruction)

*Nutrition facts at bottom

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Mix potato, carrot, celery, onion, and garlic in large bowl.
  3. Stir in flax eggs (to make 1 flax egg, combine 1 tbs flax meal w/ 3 tbs water; stir well, and let rest for 5 minutes until it takes on a similar consistency to egg whites).
  4. Mix in bread crumbs.
  5. Shape into patties and bake for 20–22 minutes.

To give these a bit of a crunch around the outside, brown on the stove for 1–2 minutes on each side over medium-high heat before baking.

I like to top these with a spicy vegan aioli (a recipe for another day) and feta cheese and serve with sliced avocado and lime.

If you try these recipes, let me know in the comments section how you liked it. And as always, feel free to connect with me and share on social media.

Cauliflower Steak Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 steak
Servings: 6
Calories (not including bun/toppings): 51
Total Fat: 2.8g
Total Carbohydrates: 5.5g
Dietary Fiber: 2.5g
Sugar: 2.4g
Protein: 2.3g
Sodium: 335mg

Potato Fritters Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 fritters
Servings: 6
Calories (not including bun/toppings): 77
Total Fat: 0.8g
Total Carbohydrates: 15.8g
Dietary Fiber: 1.7g
Sugar: 1.4g
Protein: 2.1g
Sodium: 42.2mg

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