August 29, 2014

Bang Bang Cauliflower

Ever have bang bang shrimp?

I am a self pronounced  'flexitarian'.
What the heck is a flexitarian?  It's when you're
not a fully committed vegetarian but you love
vegetables enough that you can totally go for
all veggie days but you also need other days
where all you want is BBQ  galore!

Cauliflower is great to eat in place of chicken
because it is a super hearty veggie where you can
deep fry or saute or steam or boil or bake and
it stays together without falling apart and
keeps great flavor.  yum!

Take the head of a cauliflower and cut it into a quarter (for 2)
and cut the quarter into small bite sized florets.  You can just bake it 
in the oven on 350 for 30 minutes or you can batter it just like chicken 
or shrimp.  I like to cook things on the quicker side because there are
just too many things to do and not enough time in the day!

I like to boil the cauliflower first for about 5-7 minutes so it gets
a head start in the cooking and getting a little softer.

Then, I strain the cauliflower florets in a strainer and then let it sit
on some paper towels to get the excess water off.

I mix the sauce which is Frank's hot sauce 
(to your liking of spiciness) and 2 TBSP of melted butter and 
1 heaping TBSP of mayo to thicken the sauce a little.
Then I lay the cauliflower on a baking tray and bake it until 
it gets a brown hue and charred on the tops.  
350-375 degrees for about 15 minutes.   

Even the meat lovers will enjoy this!

You can simply use ranch dressing as a dipping sauce.

Zestfully Let's Cultivate Food.........  day 29 of 31 days