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Entree, Vegetarian |210 calories per serving|60 minute recipe

Cauliflower Osso Bucco

This content was last updated on January 13, 2020

Cauliflower steaks are a great culinary alternative to various animal-based proteins. If you follow a plant-based diet, think about using them in place of beef, veal or other animal proteins. Foods that are rich in vitamin C, like cauliflower, can help with iron absorption. Cauliflower may also have cancer-fighting properties, as it is a cruciferous vegetable that contains phytochemicals.


  • 1 lb fresh cauliflower head
  • 1/4 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 cup no salt added tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth (may need more)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
Makes 3 servings (⅓ lb cauliflower per serving). Per serving: 210 calories, 6 g total fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 37 g carbohydrates, 9 g protein, 8 g dietary fiber, 190 mg sodium, 16 g sugar, 0 g added sugar.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wash and slice cauliflower into “steaks.”
  3. Dredge cauliflower in flour (you may need to dip it in water briefly first to get the flour to stick).Place olive oil in large skillet and briefly brown the cauliflower steaks on medium high heat until they are a rich golden color. Turn at least once during cooking to prevent burning and ensure steaks have a slight golden crust on both sides.
  4. Push cauliflower to the side of the pan (or remove it to a plate if pan is too crowded) and add the garlic, carrots and lemon zest. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the tomato paste and broth and stir until blended. (If you removed the cauliflower from the pan in step 3, add it back to the pan at this time.)
  6. Cover the pan and place in the 350 degree F oven to bake for approximately 45 minutes until the cauliflower is soft and the sauce is blended.
  7. Adjust seasonings if needed. To serve, garnish with gremolata.
  8. To make gremolata,: Using a small bowl, combine 4 cloves of finely minced garlic, 1/2 cup washed and finely chopped fresh parsley, and 1 Tbsp. lemon zest. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

This recipe contains cancer fighting foods:

This recipe was specially crafted to support cancer prevention and survival. It adheres to AICR's Cancer Prevention Recommendations. Learn more about our recipe guidelines.

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