By Juliana Ronn, First Mile Care, Director of Operations

First Mile Care has been excited to offer an ongoing series of “Diabetes Prevention In Action” webinars to help our Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) participants stay engaged, connected, and focused on their goals during the turbulent times of the COVID-19 pandemic. These online events have already proven to be a successful way for our coaches to utilize their expertise, digging deeper into topics that can only be briefly covered during normal DPP sessions.

A recent entry in this webinar series saw Coach Irazema Garcia share her technique for making perfectly roasted cauliflower with lemon tahini sauce. Healthy eating is a topic close to Irazema’s heart, as she specialized in holistic nutrition as part of her master’s degree in health education.

Vegetables make up a critical part of a healthy, pre-diabetes diet and can help keep you from developing type 2 diabetes. They are low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Irazema notes that cauliflower in particular is a rich source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and folate. Enjoy it mashed, roasted, riced or even as pizza crust. It is a real powerhouse when it comes to versatility and nutrition.

The delicious tahini sauce adds healthy fats to your veggies, which can also boost their nutrient value. Plus, adding a little fat helps you feel fuller for longer.

Irazema’s recipe works as an amazing side dish, snack, appetizer or centerpiece of the meal. Enjoy!

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini Sauce

  • 2 cups cauliflower florets

  • 2 tbsp tahini

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • 1-2 tbsps. cilantro, chopped

  • 1⁄4 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1-2 tbsps. olive oil

  • water

  • pink salt

  • black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Toss florets with olive oil, salt, and pepper making sure to coat well.

  2. Place cauliflower in a single layer on a baking sheet.

  3. Roast for 15 minutes or until slightly charred.

  4. Meanwhile mix tahini, lemon juice, salt, and paprika.

  5. Add water as needed (about 2-3 teaspoons) to smooth out the sauce. The end result should be lump-free and pourable, but not watery (think ranch dressing).

  6. To serve: plate cauliflower and drizzle with lemon tahini sauce, then sprinkle liberally with cilantro and black pepper.

Download the recipe here.

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