This cauliflower freekeh is a vegan twist on a traditional Middle Eastern dish that comes together in one pot, requires only 5 ingredients, and takes little effort to make! Freekeh is a dish that stars in many Middle Eastern gatherings, and it is a must for my mom to make whenever we have guests over. Traditionally it is made with roast chicken, but this cauliflower version might be even better, and is just as flavorful and filling as the traditional version!
Freekeh is smoked green wheat, and once you find out about its nutritional benefits, you might even choose it over quinoa! (Unless you have a gluten sensitivity.) It has almost twice as much fiber and more protein per serving than quinoa does, meaning it will also keep you feeling satisfied for longer. In this dish, the freekeh soaks up the flavors of the browned cauliflower and vegetable broth, resulting in a moist, fluffy texture. The cauliflower is browned but soft due to the cooking time and simply melts in your mouth! To top it all off, almonds lightly fried in olive oil are placed on top of the dish.