Cauliflower popcorn

Styling: Carlie Monasso. Photography: Samara Clifford


Movie nights at home just got a whole lot better with this seriously tasty and nutritious take on this good old fashioned movie snack.

There’s a lot more to love about cauliflower than the taste though.  It’s rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that support heart and brain health, as well as containing a compound (glucosinolate) that aids the body’s detoxification system. There’s also a number of studies that suggest the humble cauli may play a role in preventing various types of cancers.

The secret to the flavour in this recipe is nutritional yeast, which has a delicious cheesy flavour and is high in Vitamin B.  Let me tell you, this stuff, along with lemon, salt and chilli flakes make for a killer flavour combination…  okay so the cauli might not ‘pop’ or crunch but I assure it’s so melt-in-your-mouth delicious you once you’ve started you won’t be able to stop!

You will need:
1 small head of cauliflower
1 tablespoon coconut oil  (or butter), melted
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes (available in health food stores)
1 pinch Himalayan rock salt
1 pinch dried chilli flakes


What to do:
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.  Cauli instagram low res

2. Cut the cauliflower into florets

3. Toss all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and lay on a baking tray, bake for around 20 minutes, until golden and a little bit crisp.

4. Serve and see how far into the movie you can make it last!


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Zara is a healthy home coach and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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