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Cauliflower Chicken Nuggets?

Howdy, chocolate truffles!

Yesterday, I tried to make healthy chocolate brownies.

Emphasis on the word tried. Luckily, dinner made up for it:

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I am in love with this: Bread-Free Vegan Stuffing.

I make it at least twice a month, and I’ve even started cooking a double batch now (to yield four large servings instead of two). I bought a giant pan just for that recipe.

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Along with the stuffing: whole-wheat toast and roast cauliflower with bbq sauce.

Lately I cannot keep my hands away from roasted cauliflower. It’s just so good, especially dipped in the barbecue sauce! Reminds me of chicken nuggets, which is weird because I never really liked those. I just liked the barbecue sauce.

Cauliflower Nuggets

(easiest recipe ever)

  • raw cauliflower
  • roasting pan
  • optional: barbecue sauce

Whatcha do: Cut the cauliflower and spread out on the roasting pan. Turn the oven on to 400 degrees (no need to pre-heat) and stick the pan in there for 30-50 minutes. Then set the oven to “high broil” and broil 2-3 more minutes, depending on how crispy you like it. (I usually turn the oven completely off after this and leave the cauliflower inside for another 20 or so minutes.) Serve with your favorite bbq sauce or ranch dressing, for dipping.

Really good with Crazy-Good Ranch Dressing.

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Published on January 25, 2011

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  1. Bette Lebens says

    Katie, please give your mother an extra hug in thanksgiving for being partly responsible for you and your fantastic recipes! My current love is the cashew cream – wow! I made an alfredo sauce and put it over roasted cauliflower, carrots & broccoli. I just made some more and I am going to make ranch dressing – so excited! Thanks so much!

  2. yasmine says

    Omgeee, my mom used to make these growing up but she’d fry them along with potatoes or cook them with spiced rice and eggplant/carrots. I always thought that you can only fry the cauliflower to get them that crispy, I’m totally going to try this! I’ve had it with lemon juice and salt and its TDF 🙂 thank you for posting!

  3. one female canuck says

    I grew up with a variation of this – a Middle Easter variation.
    Instead of the dipping sauce you mention, try (after cooking) squeezing some fresh lemon onto the cauliflower, and generously dusting them with cumin and a little bit of salt to taste. It is such a yummy and healthy bite!

  4. Jenni W. says

    I’ve recently gone mostly vegetarian and my husband has been going nuts. I roasted cauliflower as described and tossed them with a buffalo sauce I made (hot sauce such as franks or Pete’s and I used earth balance soy free “butter” spread, melt butter and combine…bam! Buffalo sauce!) and they turned out sooooo good. One of my husband’s favorite past times was going out for wings with the boys every week and they are his favorite food by far, even he loved these and wanted more. so in addition to a nugget substitute, they make a great/healthy alternative to wings.Thanks once again for the inspiration 🙂

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