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RECIPE: Try this cauliflower cheese bake for Veganuary

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Image: @gluten_free_everyday

Attempting to go vegan - or majority plant-based for the month of January - is no easy feat, especially when you’re craving home-made comfort food. Fear not however, there’s an abundance of hearty recipes out there that utilise all-grown earthy ingredients.

A case in point: This vegan cheesy cauliflower bake that is just the right amount of satiating and easy to make.

See the recipe below:

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets, stalks chopped and leaves separated
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 50g vegan butter block
  • 50g plain flour
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tsp onion granules
  • 2 tsp garlic granules
  • 800ml soya milk
  • 5 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 75g sourdough bread, blitzed to breadcrumbs
  • 75g vegan cheddar, grated

Method

STEP 1

  • Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  • Toss the cauliflower florets and stalks with the olive oil and seasoning of your choice (dried herbs are great) in a large roasting tin
  • Roast for 25-30 mins until almost tender, then add the leaves and cook for a another 5 mins.

STEP 2

  • For the sauce, melt the vegan butter in a large saucepan. Add the flour, mustard powder, onion and garlic granules and cook for 2-3 mins.
  • Gradually add the soya milk, whisking well. Bring to a gentle simmer, stirring continuously, then simmer for 4-5 mins until thickened and reduced slightly. Add the nutritional yeast and season well, then whisk thoroughly to combine.

STEP 3

  • Add the sourdough breadcrumbs and vegan cheese into a bowl and combine well. Season to taste.
  • Remove the cauliflower from the oven, pour over the sauce and stir to combine.
  • Then, scatter over the cheesy sourdough crumbs and return to the oven for 10 mins until bubbling and golden. Serve as a side or main dish with a green salad.

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