Roasted Cauliflower & Avocado Cream Pitas

Roasted Cauliflower and Avocado Cream Pitas // Vegan & GF // Recipe @ NomingthruLife.com

It seems that every time I sit down to write a post, it’s gloomy out. It may be that when it’s sunny, I have a hard time doing anything other than sitting on the floor by the window with Chewy and looking through cookbooks. Yesterday, I really didn’t do a damn thing. Sure, I edited photos late at night. But the day was filled with Chewy nudges and me just sitting with the doors open and a slight breeze wrapping through the house. And while yesterday I felt on top of the world, today with the gloom it’s never that wonderful. I tell Logan whenever we decide to settle down we really need to live somewhere that the sun always shines and the days are long. We are still working on pin pointing that location.

Roasted Cauliflower and Avocado Cream Pitas // Vegan & GF // Recipe @ NomingthruLife.com Roasted Cauliflower and Avocado Cream Pitas // Vegan & GF // Recipe @ NomingthruLife.com Roasted Cauliflower and Avocado Cream Pitas // Vegan & GF // Recipe @ NomingthruLife.com

I’ve never been obsessed with the sun as much as I am now in life. Granted, I don’t particularly like being out in the sun. Yeah, how does that work? Well, I’m very light skinned, and I don’t really tan. At all. The only time I have ever tanned in my life, was when I was working out and would immediately go hit the tanning bed afterwards. The blood flow is supposed to provide a better tan, or some bananas. I would buy tanning lotion that cost as much as a textbook because “it worked.” And I would work out most of the time, just so I could tan. I always tell people that’s was the only way I was ever able to tan.

But a funny thing happened, oh, about a year ago. Randomly, I found an old bottle of tanning lotion in an organizer from college. While glancing over it, I realized the bottle said something like… with bronzer. In that moment I realized “that tan” that I was only ever able to get from specifically… working out, buying stupidly expensive tanning lotion, and tanning religiously… was probably not even a tan at all. Daily applications of bronzer… hmm that might make a person look “tan.” Nice. My whole tanning career was a lie.

Roasted Cauliflower and Avocado Cream Pitas // Vegan & GF // Recipe @ NomingthruLife.com

On top of it all I fear getting burnt. This particular fear was founded by a single day in summer a few years ago, where I completely fried my shoulders. Fried them, literally they looked fried. It only took 10 minutes(ish) of direct summer sun and I had 2nd degree burns. I couldn’t lift my arms above my head for over two weeks and even then it wasn’t comfortable to do so. The entire time I basically lived in make-shift tube-tops (since they went out of fashion in middle school, thanks world), and yes I know I was looking super hotttt (really no pun intended).

After healing I am now blessed with having lots of little freckles to remember that wonderful day which turned into weeks of pain. Annnnddd also a constant fear of skin cancer. Thanks summer sun, you’re a pal.

But what I did learn… is that the sun will always win. AND I don’t tan. No matter how beautiful of a burn, I go from red to pink and right on back to white again. So sun, you win. I get it.

In turn, I am currently accepting stock of sunscreen for this upcoming summer. The more sun-blocking power the better. And when you think it’s strong enough for me, it’s not.

Roasted Cauliflower and Avocado Cream Pitas // Vegan & GF // Recipe @ NomingthruLife.com

Do you remember how just last week I was talking about how much I love cauliflower? Well, here’s one reason why… these pitas! There are very few meals I am willing to eat with insane regularity. I get bored quickly and/or the meals I really want all the time are ones that take some leg work. Not these. I will make ‘em in the beginning of the week and force Logan to scrounge for food so that I am the only one who can eat them. Okay, that’s only half a truth. Full truth, I do try to be the only consumer, false truth Logan scrounging for food – as if. Everything, once it has been made, stores really well in the fridge and just needs a little warming up and it’s bliss all over again. I also feel like they are decently healthy, and if I really wanted to feel incredible about myself I could opt for a lettuce wrap instead… but… yeah… carbs. When I get down with spices, I normally don’t measure I just sprinkle and toss what looks right. For the sake of the recipe, yes I did in fact measure and I do think you could get away with a little heavier of a hand with the spices if you wanted to.

Roasted Cauliflower and Avocado Cream Pitas // Vegan & GF // Recipe @ NomingthruLife.com

Okay, so have you had roasted chickpeas before? Well, something magical happens and they get nice and crispy and crunchy. Like croutons… which is my next project for them. The trick is to make sure you get them nice and dry before roasting, but that’s ideal for any vegetable roasting project. I could just pop the chickpeas from this recipe and be happy.

Now when you look at the ingredients, don’t freak!!! I found that when mixing the cauliflower and chickpeas with their spices, it’s best to do it in two rounds, as opposed to all together. You can totally opt to do it all at once, I just found the best coating occurred when done separately. So really it’s the same spices repeated twice, that’s why it looks like such an angry ingredient list.

Roasted Cauliflower and Avocado Cream Pitas // Vegan & GF // Recipe @ NomingthruLife.com

Lastly, you could do additional toppings if you wanted. Such as a sour cream drizzle, fresh cilantro, or other veg, like sprouts even. Just whatever you do… do make these. Or at least come and make them for me, because maybe just maybe then I will share with Logan.

Roasted Cauliflower and Avocado Cream Pitas - A healthy meal that's packed full of flavor. (Vegan) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com
Roasted Cauliflower and Avocado Cream Pitas – Delicious roasted cauliflower, crunchy chickpeas and avocado cream smothered pitas. They are nsanely good. Recipe @ NomingthruLife.com
Yield: 6 pitas

Ingredients:

  1. For cauliflower:
  2. 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  5. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ancho chilie powder
  7. 1/4 garlic powder
  8. dash of salt & pepper
  9. For chickpeas:
  10. 1 (15oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
  11. 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  12. 1/4 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  13. 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  14. 1/4 teaspoon ancho chilie pepper
  15. 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  16. dash of salt & pepper
  17. For avocado cream:
  18. 2 medium ripe avocados
  19. 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  20. 1 medium lime, juiced
  21. 1 handful cilantro
  22. 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  23. 1/2 tablespoon water 
  24. 1/4 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  25. dash of cracked red pepper (optional)
  26. For assembly:
  27. 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced 
  28. 6 pitas, flatbreads or lavash (gluten-free, if desired)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees, and line a large baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, toss cauliflower, oil and spices to coat. Place coated cauliflower on one half of the lined baking sheet. In the same bowl, toss dry chickpeas, with oil and spices to coat. Place coated chickpeas on the other half of the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stir and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until chickpeas have a slight crunch to them and all ingredients are nicely golden brown.
  • While cauliflower and chickpeas cook, combine all avocado cream ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • When cauliflower and chickpeas are done, heat pitas in a microwave until warm.
  • Layer, pita, avocado cream, chickpeas, cauliflower and red onion. Then devour. 

Notes:

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Simply reheat cauliflower and chickpeas (the microwave method works just fine) and assemble as you did before.
[adapted from Pinch of Yum]
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12 comments

    • Meg -

      Please do Charanya! I love eating it for a few days reheated even. That is if I can fight Logan off of the leftovers (which is no simple task). Please let me know if you like it, which you kind of have to since it’s DELICIOUS! Thanks Charanya!

        • Meg -

          Great idea! Nothing beats homemade pita bread. And it’s GF!?!? AWESOME! And thanks Charanya, that’s so nice of you! Enjoy your pitas and let me know what you’ve perfected it and are ready to share, cause hello! I love pitas :)

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