Schedule a Visit 855-965-2212

Nutritional Tips Nutritional Recipes Ask Our Nutritionist COA Nutritionist
Selecting Childcare Mind & Body Matters Safety & Security How We Do It Always Close By FAQ Testimonials Our Tuition Engagement/Partnering Military Resources
Just Read Nutrition Fitness Infant Toddler Preschool Pre-K Kingdergarten Grades 1-5 School Age Summer Camp Enrichment Programs Designated Learning Areas Assessments
Infant Toddler Preschool Kindergarten Summer Camp School Age Playground Link Parent Reflections Be The Best
Enroll Online Mind & Body Matters Star Curriculum Just Read Program Nutrition Program Fitness Program Apple A Day Blog Meet Bentley Bentley in Action Bentley Gallery Bentley Games Bentley Books Traveling Bentley Monthly Menu School Events Newsletter Parent Referal Childcare Tax Credit Emergency Alerts

Contact Us Today: (855) 965-2212

855 965 2212

Nutritional Recipes

Cauliflower Parmesan

Written by COA Nutrition Team On April 28, 2018

Craving Italian food but not eating meat? We got you covered!


  • 2 large heads cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or finely minced
  • ½-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/3 cups marinara (use our Healthy Marinara Recipe)
  • 1 4-ounce ball fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced into 8 rounds
  • ¼ cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves for serving (optional)


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil. (The foil is optional, but will make for much easier cleanup.)
  2. Prep your cauliflower “steaks.” Remove any leaves and trim the stem end of the cauliflower heads, making sure to leave the cores intact.
  3. Using a large, very sharp knife, slice two 1-inch thick “steaks” from the center of each head of cauliflower. Reserve the outer slices for another use.
  4. Carefully transfer the cauliflower steaks to the prepared baking sheet.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper, and a good pinch of kosher salt. Brush this mixture on both sides of each steak.
  6. Transfer the cauliflower to the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Carefully flip the “steaks” and roast for another 20 minutes until tender and golden brown.
  7. In a bowl, combine the panko and Parmesan. Briefly set aside.
  8. Pre-heat the broiler on high.
  9. Top each cauliflower steak with 1/3 cup marinara sauce and 2 mozzarella rounds. Transfer to the broiler and broil until the cheese is just melted and starting to bubble, about 1-2 minutes.
  10. Remove from the cauliflower from the broiler and sprinkle with the panko mixture. Return to the broiler just until the breadcrumbs are nicely browned.
  11. Serve immediately garnished with fresh basil (if using.)

Tips of the Month MOBILE

Planning Ahead Tip of the Month

“Plan Your Meals for the Week”

For cooking newbies, shopping for exact recipes can prove helpful. But for us, busy working moms, it is more interesting to look for ingredients you can use in a variety of dishes, this practice can save you time and money. After all, if you buy an entire bunch of tomatoes for a single taco salad, you’re going to end up with a lot in the garbage. But if you buy a whole bunch of tomatoes, cook them and divide them up to use in pastas, in wraps and in salads. You can save on cooking time and keep from throwing away your money. Go into the store knowing how many servings of proteins, grains and vegetables you need. When you get home, get creative to use up everything you’ve purchased.

Love This?

Get COA posts delivered to your inbox