Hazelnut pesto smothered cauliflower steaks (vegan, gf)

Hazelnut pesto smothered cauliflower steaks (vegan, gf)

Mr. Lova, Lova. Ooohhh.


This recipe has just been added to my list of lovvaassssss, food lovas.

Hazelnut pesto cauliflower lentil steaks

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 50mins
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1 large head cauliflower, outer leaves removed
olive oil for cooking
S & P
1 c. dried brown lentils*
2 c. veggie broth or water
2 large carrots, chopped
2 c. greens, such as arugula, baby kale, or spinach
1/2 c. cashews + more for garnish
S & P

Preheat oven to 400˚F. Holding the cauliflower head down with stem facing up towards you, cut vertically to get 4 steaks. Some florets will fall off. Reserve those for lentils. Heat skillet with olive oil and sear steaks 3-4 minutes each side. Transfer to a pan and roast for 20 minutes, or until tender.

For the lentils
Once your steaks are in the oven, keep the skillet going. Pour in veggie broth (or water) & lentils and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes, until tender. Toss in S & P, chopped carrots, leftover cauliflower florets and greens. Cover for another 5 minutes.

For the pesto

10 oz. thawed frozen peas
1 c. fresh basil leaves
1/4 c. hazelnuts
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1/2 tsp. chili flakes
S & P
Water: if needed add 1 tablespoon at a time.

In a high-speed blender or food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth.

With a spoon, place 2-3 tbsp. pesto on plate, top with steaks, lentils, and extra cashews.

*If you have already cooked lentils in your fridge, leave out the broth or water and just warm in a skillet with other veggies.

Like how I gave you the recipe first this time? Thought so.

This hazelnut pesto may have had me diving head first into my blender trying to get every single last bit out. Mission accomplished. The nutty flavor of the cauliflower combined with the sweet buttery pesto makes this dish “roll your face in it” amazing. Seriously, who needs a fork and knife? Not to mention cauliflower is high in Vitamin C, which helps the bod with iron absorption from our lovely lentils.


This hearty dish will keep you warm and toasty in these cold winter months. I’m betting your carnivorous lovaahhh’ will even be asking for seconds.





  1. This looks amazing! I was just wondering what I was going to make for dinner…… -Mara @ entertainingfamily.com

  2. We’ve never tried hazelnut pesto, but this combination sounds fab! We love these types of hearty and nutritious meals that have oodles of flavour! Thanks for sharing. ~Lynn & Alex 🙂

  3. Love your recipes………….clever………..thanks!

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