Meatless Monday: Bang bang cauliflower is bangin' with flavor

Dec 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. ET
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Cauliflower has become so popular over the last few years because of its incredible versatility, and it's the perfect ingredient to substitute for meat in vegetarian dishes. Take bang bang chicken or shrimp, for instance.

Being that my family eats mainly vegetarian meals, cauliflower really helps me out in the kitchen when it comes to meatless recipes.

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This dish uses cauliflower florets to create a meatless version of bang bang chicken. The florets are lightly breaded in breadcrumbs, then baked to a crisp, golden brown. The sauce is spicy, so if you don’t like the heat, then cut back on the hot sauce, and just adjust things to your liking.

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Bang bang cauliflower recipe

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes | Bake time: 20 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

For the cauliflower

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large head cauliflower, florets cut into bite-size pieces
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon agave

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To a bowl, add the eggs, and beat lightly. In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and mix.
  3. Dip the florets into the egg mixture and then into the breadcrumbs evenly, coating all sides. Place the cauliflower on the baking sheet, and repeat the process until all your cauliflower is breaded.
  4. Bake uncovered for 22 – 25 minutes or until the cauliflower is golden brown and tender.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the sauce, and mix well.
  6. Remove the cauliflower from the oven, and transfer it to a serving plate. Garnish with fresh parsley, and serve warm with the bang bang sauce.

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More cauliflower recipe ideas

Grilled havarti sandwiches on cauliflower bread
Homemade cauliflower tots
Twice-baked cauliflower casserole

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