These cauliflower bites make a great healthy side dish or a perfect snack when those salty & cheesy cravings strike! Instead of using a vegan alternative cheese, which often falls flat in flavor and often loaded with ingredients that you can't pronounce, I opted for nutritional yeast! It is a healthy alternative to cheese and similar to Parmesan cheese.
It has a nutty flavor, is low in fat, low in sodium, gluten free, packed with the vitamin B12, and contains no added junk ingredients. Not only does it work great with the recipe below, but can easily be spread over popcorn or pasta!
I like to think of it as God's gift to vegans and those who have an intolerance to dairy!
1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets
2 tbsp. olive oil
6 cloves of garlic, minced and diced
1/4 - 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast*
6 sprigs of fresh thyme (optional)
*Adjust the nutritional yeast to your taste. Obviously the more you use, the cheesier the bites will be!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, add the cauliflower & enough olive oil to lightly cover. You do not want to drench the cauliflower in olive oil, it will result in a soggy bite.
Add half of the nutritional yeast to the bowl and mix so all pieces are covered.
Spread the cauliflower bites on the baking sheet, sprinkle with sea salt, and the diced garlic. If you are using thyme, spread evenly on the sheet.
Place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes. Toss the cauliflower a few times. Once the bites have browned and crisped a bit add the remaining nutritional yeast. Bake for another 15 or so minutes. Check every so often, making sure the cauliflower does not burn. The cauliflower is done when it has become crispy! Roughly 50 minutes in total time.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a little sea salt again. You can add a few more dashes of nutritional yeast if you prefer the bites to be a little more cheesy.