Sheet Pan Buffalo Cauliflower With Roasted Chickpeas and Kale

"A hearty vegetarian take on a sheet pan dinner! It’s hearty enough that you wont even miss the meat."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Trim the leaves of the cauliflower and then slice into thick steaks. Then cut each in half. Place on a large plate in a single layer. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/4 cup buffalo sauce. Rub the cauliflower pieces on both sides, and place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet, to one side.
  • In a small bowl, toss together the chickpeas, the rest of the spices, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper until evenly combined. Pour out on the baking sheet off to one side.
  • Roast until the chickpeas begin to get crispy, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and place the kale leaves on the baking sheet, on the empty side. Drizzle the top with the remaining olive oil and season with the remaining salt and pepper.
  • Return to the oven and continue to roast until the kale is crispy, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Barbara B.
    Would spinach work in place of kale?
  2. Betty H.
    Can I make in a toaster oven?
  3. Susan K.
    What do I do with the scallions, sliced, and bleu cheese, crumbled?


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Jonathan Melendez is a passionate author, food photographer, cook, baker, and recipe developer whose blog, The Candid Appetite, has appeared prominently on such sites as, BonAppetite, People, Cosmopolitan, The Kitchn, Today, The Cooking Channel, Food52 and Joy the Baker. He has created and photographed recipes for Idaho Potato Commission, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, American Butter Institute and Jones Dairy Farm, to name a few. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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