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Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower & Beets, Simple Perfection

It doesn’t get simpler than this delicious Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower and Beets. Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower and BeetsMy Little Man loves it & it’s perfect to have two trays in the oven at once, one for baby, one for me! The secret to the phenomenal flavour of this simple dish is all in the parmesan! Great for both a side dish, or a vegetarian main – and perfect if you’re cutting out carbohydrates.

These quantities suit 2 for a main dish, or 4 for a side dish (if you’re particularly fond of any of the ingredients – go ahead and throw in a bit more!):

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower & Beets

– 1 Cauliflower head

– 4-6 Beetroots

Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower and Pees– 2 large handfulls of garden peas (1 1/2 cups) – fresh or frozen

– 100g (2 1/2 dl/ 1 cup) grated parmesan cheese

– Sea salt and pepper to season


1. Peal and chop beetroots into 2 1/2 cm (1 inch) chunks. Boil in a pan of water 10 minutes or so until they start to soften. Put on oven at 180C/ 360F.

2. Chop Cauliflower into small chunks about the same size as the beetroots. Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower and PeesAdd them to the pan of boiling beetroots after 5 minutes (so they’re going to boil about 5 minutes less than the beetroots).

3. Drain the beetroots and cauliflower and pour into an oven proof dish. Pour over fresh garden pees.

4. Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper – if it’s for you; just a little pepper if it’s for your baby. Then cover with a generous helping of grated parmesan cheese.

5. Pop it into the oven (180C/360F) for 20-30 minutes, until the parmesan has a nice colour to it – this gives the dish a crisp top which complements perfectly the softness of the vegetables. I’m British so I like to leave it in the oven a little longer… That’s a matter of personal preference 😉

Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower and Pees…If it’s for baby, blend, serve and divide out portions for the freezer.


I’ve read that beetroots (or beets) are recommended in baby food from 8-10 months. If your baby’s younger you can just skip them and go with the Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower and Pees. My Little Boy wolfed it down!



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    • I’m crazy about garden peas! Miss 6 eats them; Miss 3 says she doesn’t need to keep trying them, because she already has 10 times and keeps saying that they’re not her favourite – so I should stop giving them to her 😉

    • I only started ’liking’ beetroot a few years ago… put it with the right ingredients and it’s delicious! 🙂 I grow up with just pickled beetroot, a reasonable reason for having developed a certain scepticism to the vegetable! 😉

  1. I love parmesan and will be off to buy some beetroots (though this may be testing Boy’s vegetable phobia to its limits). It is great to have something yummy and simple to go with my staple roasts and chops and to ring the changes. Dropping in from #TastyTuesdays.

    • I hope your Boy likes it 🙂 …My girls are so crazy about parmesan they don’t usually realise they just ate cauliflower! The beetroots they like already… (tempted them to taste small pieces the first time, covered in copious amounts of butter).
      Haha! You’ll have to let me know how it goes!

    • Fantastic ’comfort food’ as Sarah (@tamingtwins) put it 🙂
      …CaptureByLucy, I’d love to see your styling of this one! …such gorgeous colours
      – I’ll be getting far more creative in the near future; props and all – watch this space 😉

  2. What a wonderfully simple side dish, but I bet is tasted yummy. Big fan of cauliflower cheese so love the twist on it.

    Nipping over from #TastyTuesdays.

  3. It sounds lovely. My little girl is quite picky but I’ll have to try it on her. She liked beets when she was younger but last time I tried she refused them and wanted to play with them instead!

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