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April 24, 2018 | 2 minute read

Making Vegetarian Cauliflower ‘Osso Bucco’

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.  For example, cauliflower can boost your vegetable intake by replacing meat in many stews and other casseroles, such as my Cauliflower Cashew Carrot Curry.

Plant-Based Version of an Italian Favorite 

In this recipe I’ve used cauliflower in place of veal shanks to make a delicious Cauliflower Osso Bucco.  I call this dish Osso Bucco due to the flavors, even though it does not involve any hollow animal bones when made with vegetarian ingredients.

cauliflower steaks chopped in thirdsCauliflower steaks are easy to make.  Start by washing a head of cauliflower. Next, remove the extra leaves and bottom of the stalk, and slice the head vertically into 1 – 1 ½” thick “steaks.”

Use the steaks for Osso Bucco as a substitute for meat. Make sure to reduce the cooking time to keep them from becoming too mushy.

Cauliflower Is Low In Calories And High In Vitamin C

Vegetarian Cauliflower 'Osso Bucco'Foods that are rich in vitamin C can help with iron absorption which helps prevent iron-deficiency anemia.  As a cruciferous vegetable that contains phytochemicals, cauliflower may have cancer fighting properties.  Other members of the cruciferous family include cabbage, broccoli and brussels sprouts.



Barbara Spalding, MA, MS, RDN, CDN is a culinary dietitian who has personally lived with breast cancer, on and off, for fourteen years.  Barbara is a speaker, author and blogger on ways of building resilience to manage the breast cancer journey. Visit her two blogs, breastcancerkitchen.com and secondactkitchen.com, for more information.

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