#MeatlessMonday Recipe #4: Vegan Turkey Dinner – Discover Gourmet

#MeatlessMonday Recipe #4: Vegan Turkey Dinner

Nov 23, 2020 Vegetarian & Vegan

For our fourth and final #MeatlessMonday recipe, we're giving you a delicious vegan turkey dinner recipe! With Thanksgiving coming up in a couple of days, we thought it would be fun to find a meatless alternative to the classic holiday dish. This recipe is unique, yummy, and completely meatless. Enjoy!

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  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil (or melted coconut oil)
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. shawarma spice blend (or curry powder)
  • 1-2 tsp. harissa paste
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt 


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C). Also fill a small baking pan halfway with water and set on the floor (bottom) of the oven. This will provide steam to help the cauliflower cook more evenly.
  2. Rinse and dry the head of cauliflower and carefully cut off the bottom stalk without removing too much of the core. You want the entire head intact for baking. Peel away any remaining green leaves and place in a FINEX 12" Cast Iron Grill Pan.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together avocado oil or melted coconut oil, water, shawarma spice blend, harissa paste (optional), maple syrup, and salt. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more shawarma for smoky flavor, harissa paste (optional) for spiciness, maple syrup for sweetness, or salt for more intense overall flavor.
  4. Flip your cauliflower upside down and pour on most of the sauce. Let the sauce pour down the core, shake it around so it infuses the center, and then flip the cauliflower over and use a brush to rub the leftover sauce (including any that seeped into the pan) all over the exterior for maximum flavor. Place cauliflower core-side down before baking and add an extra pinch of salt and spice blend to the exterior for extra flavor.
  5. Place skillet in oven and roast for 35-50 minutes (depending on size of cauliflower) or until a knife easily pierces the core. If you prefer softer cauliflower, then roast for longer. For cauliflower with a little bite, roast for less time.
  6. To brown the exterior, increase heat to high broil and roast 2-4 more minutes, watching carefully as not to burn.
  7. Remove from oven and enjoy as is or garnish with desired sauces and sides. We went for quinoa cooked with curry powder.
  8. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Reheat in a 350-degree F (176 C) oven until hot.

Recipe from Minimalist Baker