“Cheesy” Turmeric Cauliflower

The perfect healthy side to any meal and so simple to make!

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This “cheesy” turmeric cauliflower is the easiest side dish ever and SO good for you. It only uses a few, powerful, healthy ingredients so this is by no means a complicated recipe. I don’t even provide measurements because it’s really up to you and your own preference!

Why is turmeric so healthy for you?

I freakin’ love turmeric. At first, I didn’t like the flavor, but it’s really grown on me. But besides that, it’s so good for your body. Turmeric’s most active component, curcumin, is an incredible anti-inflammatory, which is so helpful considering we are living a world of chronic inflammation! It also has powerful antioxidants and can help prevent numerous diseases like cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s, and it’s even been shown to help people with depression.

Always add black pepper when cooking with turmeric.

Whenever you’re cooking with turmeric, keep in mind that the curcumin in the turmeric is most easily available and absorbed by the body when it’s used in combination with black pepper. Black pepper enhances the curcumin absorption rate dramatically and therefore magnifies its effects.

What makes it “cheesy?”

As you know, my recipes are all dairy-free, but nutritional yeast is a great way to add a slightly “cheesy” and nutty flavor. I’ll be honest and say it’s not like the real thing, but it still has such a yummy flavor and is good for you, too!

This nutritional yeast is my favorite and is a great, healthy option. It’s one of the few nutritional yeast products that are non-fortified.

What does that mean? Basically, there are no added synthetic vitamins, as many of the nutritional yeasts sold at grocery stores include synthetic B12 and folate. Many believe that synthetic vitamins can be harmful to our health so I personally try to stick to natural sources of vitamins. But feel free to choose whatever option works best for you!

Ingredients for “Cheesy” Turmeric Cauliflower

  • Cauliflower florets
  • Ghee or butter
  • Spices: sea salt, black pepper, turmeric, and nutritional yeast.

How to Make “Cheesy” Turmeric Cauliflower

First, wash and chop a head of cauliflower into bite-size florets.

Then, add some ghee or grass-fed butter to a large pan and turn on the stove to high. I love adding a good amount, but you can always add more later if you find it’s too dry.

Once the ghee/butter is melted in the pan, add the cauliflower and mix around so all of the florets are coated. If they aren’t all coated, add some more ghee/butter.

Keep cooking the florets on high while slowly moving them around the pan. In my opinion, cauliflower tastes SO much better when it’s slightly burnt. Once it starts to burn a little bit, lower the heat to medium or medium-low.

Next, add in all the spices! Add as much as you want but I recommend a decent serving of each, especially the turmeric and nutritional yeast.

Cook on the stove until desired tenderness and it’s ready to go (usually about 7-10 mins).

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“Cheesy” Turmeric Cauliflower

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The perfect healthy side to any meal and so simple to make!

  • Prep Time: 3 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


  • Cauliflower florets
  • Ghee or grass-fed butter
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Turmeric
  • Nutritional yeast


  1. Wash and chop cauliflower into bite-size florets.
  2. Add a good amount of ghee or gass-fed butter to a large pan on the stove and turn on high to melt.
  3. Once ghee/butter is melted, add cauliflower florets to the pan and mix so all florets are coated. Add more ghee/butter if needed.
  4. Mix occasionally until cauliflower florets start to burn just a little bit, then lower heat to medium or medium-low.
  5. Add all the spices: sea salt, black pepper, turmeric and nutritional yeast.
  6. Cook for about 7-10 mins while mixing occasionally until it’s reached desired tenderness.


I don’t have measurements for this recipe because it’s really up to you. Make as much as you want and add as much ghee/butter and spices as desired!

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