We try to eat a mostly vegan diet, but sometimes it can get a little boring. I love roasted cauliflower, but I find myself suggesting we roast every cauliflower that comes into our house, and it gets to feel a little bit monotonous. As they’d say on Chopped, I’m not really transforming the ingredient.
Jocelyn has no such problem.
She took that cauliflower and made it into the crust for an amazing healthy vegan flatbread using the avocado pesto we posted about the other day. She also topped it with crispy fried onions, and those are basically my kryptonite. I don’t even like onions that much, but fry them until they’re crispy and sprinkle them with salt and I’ll eat them all day and all night.
This was a kid’s portion of the cauliflower flatbread that was destined to go uneaten.
This is the real deal, folks. As delicious as it looks (which is delicious!).
1 head cauliflower
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup water (more as needed)
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tsp garlic powder
1/2 Tsp salt
1 1/2 cup broccoli florets
2 Tsp olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup chickpea flour
Oil for frying
1 bell pepper
2 ears corn, kernels cut off
Preheat oven to 425° F. Grate the cauliflower (or pop it in the food processor–you can buy frozen pre-riced if you prefer) and steam or boil for about 5 minutes. Pop in a colander to drain while it cools and while you chase two tiny kids who are yelling about needing grapes out of the kitchen. Meanwhile, mix chia seeds and water in a small bowl. Once cauliflower is cool and children are occupied with grapes, squeeze out any excess water. Mix cauliflower, chia seeds, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt, and any more water it needs to hold together (We ended up adding another tablespoon or so). Spread dough out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until golden.
While the crust is baking, coat the broccoli in olive oil and pop in the oven to roast.
Heat the frying oil on medium high heat in your preferred frying pan. While oil is heating, mix the onion and chickpea flour, once the oil is hot, fry those onions to your desired brown-ness and salt them to your desired saltiness (ours: very and very, respectively).
Sautée the corn and pepper lightly with a spray of olive oil in a nonstick pan. Once the crust is done, spread on the pesto, pile on the toppings, and enjoy while you watch children pick off the bits they like and destroy the rest.