Cauliflower steaks with feta

If you're looking for a new light meal, the cauliflower base of this recipe has loads of health benefits - plus it's beautifully seasoned with za'atar and chipotle flakes.


1 large cauliflower
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons za’atar
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve
150g feta cheese, crumbled
2 teaspoons chipotle chilli flakes
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced.

2. Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking paper.

3. Take the cauliflower and turn it stalk up on a chopping board. You want to get two cauliflower steaks, each about 2 centimetres thick, with the stalk holding them together.

4. Slice off the side florets and save those for another day - to make cauliflower rice or eat as crudités, for example.

5. Put the two steaks side by side on the baking paper and drizzle with the oil and za’atar. Rub with your hands to make sure both sides are evenly covered and add a little salt and pepper.

6. Cook in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. The steaks should be golden brown and starting to char around the edges.

7. To serve, cover each steak with feta, sprinkle with chilli flakes, drizzle with olive oil and scatter with oregano.

This is an edited extract from The Pioppi Diet  by Dr Aseem Halhotra & Donal O'Neill, Penguin Books, RRP $24.99.

About the book

A diet that allows red wine, chocolate and the most delicious Italian food you can imagine? The Pioppi Diet offers just that, but so much more - lose weight, de-stress and live healthier and longer with this revolutionary new programme.


Pioppi itself, a small Italian village which is home to the healthiest, longest-living people in the world, offers secrets that have never before been shared - until now.


Based on five years of research and drawing on over 100 studies on Pioppi, Dr Aseem Malhotra, a trained cardiologist, has created a plan which is designed to provide readers with the joy and wellbeing of a Mediterranean lifestyle by making small 'marginal gains' over a 21-day period.