Orange, Ginger, & Turmeric Roasted Caulifower with Neomega Oil
After testing out the avocado oil last week I was dying to get my hands on Neomega's Avocado Oil infusions. I had tried quite a few of the options at a tasting and was in love! I had a sample bottle of the basil infusion which, having recently returned from Italy, was right up my alley. I could use it for a caprese salad, drizzling it over the fresh cheese and sliced tomato, or I could use it in a nice pesto, so many possibilities! I ended up making a pizza which I finished with a drizzle of the basil avocado oil and it was perfect.
But what I was most looking forward to working with was the Orange, Ginger, & Turmeric Neomega Avocado Oil Infusion. As I mentioned in my last post, avocado oil is a great healthy fat to use in cooking. Some of its benefits even out-weigh olive oil. When you add turmeric and ginger to the mix, the benefits are compounded. Turmeric is a spice all runners should use. With high levels of curcumin, turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, a powerful antioxidant, and filled with phytonutrients. Exercise is a natural source for free radical production which is what creates the inflammation within our bodes and gives us the sore stiff feeling after a long hard effort. It is also fairly common for runners to have digestive issues because the mere act of running puts stress on our digestive systems. Adding turmeric to your diet can help alleviate pain, soreness, and digestive mishap naturally. Ginger is also a great for runners for many of the same reasons as turmeric. If you were ever prescribed a cold ginger ale as a kid for a stomach ache, this is why. Ginger improves circulation, aids in digestion, strengthens your immunity, and relieves muscle soreness.
A few months ago I bought turmeric in an effort to start eating it more but it kind of just sat in my spice cabinet staring at me. I would occasionally remember to use it and toss it with some veggies but those were very rare occasions. Now was my chance! My first inclination when I taste tested the Neomega Orange Ginger & Turmeric Avocado Oil was roasted cauliflower. Cauliflower just absorbs flavors so I knew roasting it with the oil would give rich flavor. And that was how this recipe was born, Ginger & Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower.
I upped the flavors just a notch by creating a spice blend of turmeric, ginger, smoked paprika, sea salt, and pepper. I tossed the cauliflower in the oil and then added the spices, making sure to spread it all out as much as possible. in the last 15 minutes of cooking I also added some goat cheese and slivered almonds (vegans hold out the goat cheese and it will taste just as good!). I ate this as a side dish to a grilled chicken and rice but you can pair it with whatever you like!
If you live in Raleigh you are in luck! Neomega is a made in NC, local brand, and is sold in many places throughout the triangle region. This Saturday, 7/15/2017, Harmony Farms will begin carrying it and will kick it off with a demo and taste testing! The demo will take place from 11AM-2PM so save the date if you are interested in trying some of their delicious infusions. While you are their pick up a bottle of the Ginger Turmeric infusion and try out this super simple recipe! Enjoy!
Orange, Ginger, & Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower with Neomego Avocado Oil Infusions
Yield: about 5
- 1 head of cauliflower - chopped into florets or sliced into 1/2-inch steaks
- 1/4 cup Neomega Orange, Ginger, Turmeric Avocado Oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp black pepper
- 1.25 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp ground turmeric
- about 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 2.5 oz goat cheese (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Place cauliflower in a medium bowl and pour oil over cauliflower. toss to make sure the cauliflower is fully coated. If you are making cauliflower steaks, you can brush the oil on.
- Mix all of the spices together in a small bowl and then add to cauliflower and mix well to make sure the spices are spread out over all of the cauliflower. You may want to use your hands to massage it in. If you are making the steaks, sprinkle the mixture over both sides and rub it in.
- Spread the cauliflower out over your sheet pan and roast for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and toss or flip cauliflower over. Add slivered almonds and goat cheese (if using) and return to over for an additional 10-15 minutes. Check after 10 to make sure almonds have not burned. After 15 minutes everything should be nicely browned and roasted. If it looks like it needs a little more time add 3 minutes, watching the almonds carefully.
- Serve and enjoy!
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