Roasted Cauliflower Steak & Spanakopita Melts


In this genius carb swap recipe, we take all the flavors of the Greek spinach pie, spanakopita, and put it on a low-carb roasted cauliflower steak. Plus, because you don't have to deal with the fussy layers of phyllo, it's perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 melts


  • 2 medium heads cauliflower

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup chopped shallot

  • 1 (11 ounce) package baby spinach

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 clove garlic, grated

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese

  • 6 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

  • ½ cup shredded smoked Cheddar cheese


  1. Arrange racks in middle and upper third of oven; preheat to 450 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.

  2. Remove any outer leaves from cauliflower, but keep stems intact. Place on a cutting board, stem-side down. Using a large chef's knife, cut two 1-inch-thick slices from the center of each head to make 4 cauliflower "steaks." (Reserve remaining cauliflower for another use.) Place the steaks on the prepared baking sheet. Brush both sides with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with salt.

  3. Roast, turning halfway through, until the cauliflower steaks are tender, 30 to 35 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 1 minute. Add spinach in batches and cook, stirring, until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in dill, parsley, garlic and pepper. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer the spinach mixture to a large mixing bowl. Stir in ricotta and feta.

  5. Turn the broiler to high. Top each cauliflower steak with 1/2 cup of the spinach mixture and 2 tablespoons Cheddar. Broil the cauliflower until the cheese melts and starts to lightly brown, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

    Roasted Cauliflower Steak & Spanakopita Melts


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

305 Calories
22g Fat
13g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 305
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 17g 33%
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Vitamin A 5585IU 112%
Vitamin C 71mg 78%
Folate 68mcg 17%
Sodium 576mg 25%
Calcium 456mg 35%
Iron 3mg 18%
Magnesium 80mg 19%
Potassium 379mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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