Roasted Curried Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Grains

Is it too late to declare this “GRAIN WEEK FOR THE SOUL?”


How ’bout for the pancreas? Just kidding.

I just realized with Sylvia on Monday and the quinoa biz yesterday and now THIS? All these mofo grainz, boyyyyy.

By the time Friday gets here though I’ll have to call it “OPPOSITE OF GRAIN WEEK FOR THE SOUL” becauuuuuuse you’ll see. It’s not a grain. Yet it’s yums for the soul. And desserty. And creamy. And has the word pud in it. Sort of. Never mind.

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What I’m trying to tell you is, I made something vegan again!

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But first, let’s have a quick chat about this here grains situation and why my title actually says “With Grains.” Isn’t it so kerplunky? WITH GRAINS, BLAH. I had no idea what to do here, because, you see, the bag of grains that I chose was from Trader Joe’s, one of those mixed bags that has everything in it, a mix, of everything, quinoa, Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans, all dried up and ready to boil, and I love commas, and then you cook it, and it’s ready, just like that, to mix with whatever else you make, to eat, and I should stop this sentence right now, but I’m in a trance, a comma trance, a grain trance, and can’t snap out of it.

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Sorry I’m so annoying.

The message here in all of this is, it’s up to you. The paths you take in life, the decisions you choose. You have the power. The GRAIN POWER. Choose wisely, grasshopper.

Or you know, don’t. Whatever.


Can I just tell you though that the chickpeas and cauliflower are all roasted up nicely with curry powder and some fresh thyme? And then gently tossed with the cooked grains, a bunk ton of fresh parsley, lemon juice and toasted pine nuts? Can I tell you this? Because I’m gonna.

The chickpeas and cauliflower are all roasted up nic – I’m just kidding.

Eat this as a side dish, or from a trough. You have the power.



Roasted Curried Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Grains:

What it took for 4 servings (or even 6 to 8 as a side):

* 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
* 1 (14.5 oz) can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and pat dry
* 1 1/2 Tbs. favorite curry powder
* 2 sprigs fresh thyme
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1 1/4 cup favorite grains (quinoa, couscous, israeli couscous, orzo, what have you)
* juice from 1/2 a lemon, plus more for garnish
* 1 cup roughly chopped parsley leaves (or less if a cup seems like a ton)
* 2 Tbs. lightly toasted pine nuts

Preheat oven to 400.

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the cauliflower and the chickpeas with the curry powder, thyme, salt, pepper and the oil. Roast for 30 minutes, or until the chickpeas are crispy and the cauliflower is gorgeous and tender. (toss about half way through)

In the meantime, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the grains and cook until tender. How long will depend on what you choose. I had a Trader Joe’s bag of mixed grains that was pawfect.

In a large bowl, combine the cooked grains with the roasted goodies, the parsley, lemon juice and pine nuts. Give it all a good toss. Taste it. Might need another pinch of salt? Ger fer ert.

Serve with more fresh lemon wedges. omg.


I’m so going to make us Grain Power t-shirts.

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34 Responses to Roasted Curried Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Grains

  1. Tieghan April 3, 2013 at 8:14 am #
    Gosh I love all this curry!!! You got me started on a whole now food an I am now completely OBSESSED! Thank you
  2. Dara @how_to_eat April 3, 2013 at 8:36 am #
    Israeli couscous is my all time favourite grain! Love the chewiness - and would be fantastic with this cauliflower curry. Can't wait to whip up a big batch this weekend!
  3. Carrian April 3, 2013 at 8:42 am #
    This looks and sounds delicious!
  4. claire @ the realistic nutritionist April 3, 2013 at 8:48 am #
    I love those little chick peas!! they look so cozy under that little towel!
  5. Heather Christo April 3, 2013 at 9:09 am #
    you made dessert again!??? I can't wait to see it! This salad/grain/dish looks delicious. I love curried cauliflower. In fact I may make this for dinner.
  6. Marie @ Little Kitchie April 3, 2013 at 10:06 am #
    You just made my day with this! Israeli couscous is the BEST!
  7. marla April 3, 2013 at 10:11 am #
    Count me in!! I'll take all the beautiful bowls of this for myself!
  8. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 3, 2013 at 10:37 am #
    Wholesome and gorgeous. Love it!
  9. Erin L April 3, 2013 at 11:34 am #
    Yum! I love cauliflower, curry, couscous, & commas, too! (also apparently I love alliteration.)
  10. Katie April 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm #
    curry for the win!
  11. Cassie | Bake Your Day April 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm #
    Keep these grains coming. I'll just go ahead and eat this whole bowl!
  12. Jackie @ The Beeroness April 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm #
    Gorgeous. I want to live inside that bowl.
  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks April 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm #
    Bev this is just so pretty! My husband just told me he has some Indian food with cauliflower and that he liked it. This is big. I need to try this recipe next :)
  14. Sandy @ RE April 4, 2013 at 8:52 am #
    I had cauliflower stir-fry last night. It was delish! The curry would be such an addition!
  15. Laurie {SimplyScratch} April 4, 2013 at 9:47 am #
    Absolutely gorgeous Bev! The colors... the flavors... the goodness! THIS is so happening in my life and SOON!
  16. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 4, 2013 at 11:36 am #
    Mmm this looks so good!!
  17. Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 4, 2013 at 11:47 am #
    I love roasted cauliflower, this looks so good!
  18. Jessica April 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm #
    I just made this recipe and its AMAZING!! Its wholesome, filling, and so tasty!!
  19. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence April 4, 2013 at 5:38 pm #
    I've been obsessed with cauliflower recently. So yum!
  20. Katie @ Blonde Ambition April 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm #
    Damn, I've bought that grain blend several times before.....but it never looked this good!
  21. Nutmeg Nanny April 4, 2013 at 10:54 pm #
    Cauliflower & chick've reeled me in! This looks so delicious and satisfying as well.
  22. cameron April 10, 2013 at 6:46 pm #
    THIS IS AMAZING. FOR REAL. Made it for dinner and served it with some butternut squash soup and the whole family LOVED it! Thank you for such a tasty, easy, healthful recipe!
  23. Tyler April 14, 2013 at 6:50 am #
    This was wonderful- thanks for another great recipe!
  24. Cerrine April 16, 2013 at 8:59 am #
    This was so tasty! I'm going to keep putting it on the week's menu for at least a couple months. I have to tell you that three quarters of my weekly menu comes from your blog! I love all your recipes!
  25. Cooking with Zokie April 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm #
    I made this dish today and is so good.Thank you so much for this great recipe
  26. Nancy July 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm #
    I left a comment on the Tasty Kitchen site for this recipe. Not only is this yummy hot, but can easily become a delicious salad. Thanks
  27. Cook April 10, 2015 at 7:56 pm #
    Can you serve at room temp? Thinking of a dish for a large catered event.
  28. Tabitha (Seattle) April 15, 2015 at 8:25 am #
    This was totally delicious. Thanks for such a great recipe (delivered with humor and fun)! Glad I discovered your site.


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