Roasted cauliflower, chickpea and cherry grain bowl (Vegan)

Giovanna Ryan

Giovanna Ryan

17th January 2022
Giovanna Ryan

Roasted cauliflower, chickpea and cherry grain bowl (Vegan)

35 min

Created in collaboration with Love Fresh Cherries. 

Bored of salads, pasta dishes and soups for lunch? Then this cauliflower, chickpea and cherry grain bowl is an ideal alternative. This hearty grain bowl encapsulates the full juicy flavour of the fresh cherries beautifully, whilst fulfilling all your lunchtime hunger needs. 
Serves 2.

Some foods contain phytoestrogens which can weakly mimic oestrogen and are good for women to incorporate into their diets such as chickpeas, flax seeds and tofu. Plus they can also help with hot flushes and night sweats.


  • 200g of cooked, mixed grains of your choice (e.g. bulgar, freekeh, pearl barley or quinoa)
  • ½ of small cauliflower, separated into small florets
  • 1 tin of chickpeas, drained
  • 25g of parsley, roughly chopped
  • 25g of coriander, roughly chopped
  • 25g of dill fronds
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 80g of fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of Greek or soy yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of tahini
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper


Firstly, preheat the oven to 190°c. Place the cauliflower and chickpeas onto a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, then roast for 20-25 minutes.
Keep an eye on the cauliflower and chickpeas and ensure to turn and stir them halfway through cooking until cauliflower is browned and chickpeas are crispy.
Place the grains of your choice into a large bowl with the herbs, spring onions and fresh cherries.
Then transfer the cooked cauliflower and chickpeas over from the baking tray into the large bowl along with the rest of the ingredients.
Season this mixture with salt and pepper, then stir thoroughly.
Separately, mix the yogurt, lemon juice and tahini with a pinch of salt in a smaller bowl. Split the grain mixture between two bowls and then finish the dish off with a drizzle of the freshly made tahini yoghurt and serve.

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