Charred Cauliflower

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Welch’s to help promote 100% grape juice made with Concord grapes. I have been compensated for my time, yet all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make my business possible!

It may be the third week of August, but summer is still in full effect in NYC. It’s hot as heck here, and using my oven in my tiny one-bedroom apartment is not an option. Luckily, the common areas in my building have some MAJOR Kohler grills, so I can partake in summer barbecuing (just like a suburbanite). But here’s the catch–being a vegetarian totally limits my grilling options. Sure, there are always veggie burgers, but I like to venture out own my comfort zone.

Charred Cauliflower Recipe made on the grill

Although cauliflower isn’t necessarily in season, it’s the perfect plant-based grilling option. Not only does it stand up well to high heat, but it has a neutral taste that takes on the flavor of any marinade. Now, I could’ve used some bottled marinade, but I decided to spice things up a bit and create my own. I really wanted to highlight the sweet and tangy flavor of Welch’s 100% grape juice, made with Concord grapes. And here’s why…

Unlike sugar-sweetened beverages, 100% grape juice is a healthy, nutrient-dense beverage squeezed from the whole fruit and contains no added sugar. Welch’s 100% grape juice made with Concord grapes provides many of the same polyphenols (plant nutrients) and heart-health benefits as red wine. And, over twenty years of research says that, thanks to the dark purple Concord grape, 100% grape juice helps support a healthy heart. More specifically, the Concord grape and its juice promotes healthy circulation—which keeps your blood pumping and energy flowing. As a runner, I can never go wrong with a little extra blood flow. 

Not to mention that this grape juice marinade tastes like a mix between tangy BBQ sauce and sweet grapes. This Charred Cauliflower makes a great side-dish or can stand alone as an entree (just add your favorite protein and a side salad). And it takes less than half an hour to make.

Here’s to a never ending summer!

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Charred Cauliflower

A vegan grilled cauliflower dish, perfect for any meatless eaters at your summer BBQ!

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Welch's 100% grape juice made with Concord grapes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, 100% grape juice, tomato paste, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika and salt.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into 1-inch thick slices and discard the stem and leaves.
  3. In a large bowl, pour the marinade over the cauliflower slices. (Optional: For the most flavor, marinate for at least 1-hour in the fridge).
  4. Heat the grill to medium high heat, and coat the grill with cooking spray. Place the cauliflower on the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes. Flip and cook for another 8-10 minutes, until cauliflower is slightly brown.

 

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