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Spicy Buffalo & Bacon Roasted Cauliflower

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The inspiration for this dish came from when I used to work for Tessemae’s (aka the most awesome salad dressing/sauce company every) doing demos in Whole Foods. You know, those people that are always giving out samples? Yep, that was me. My favorite demo was when we would toss some raw cauliflower in the wing sauce and sauté it up for customers, and the sauce would literally fly off the shelves. So naturally, I had to recreate my own version of the dish. And jack it up a bit, like they say on Say Yes to the Dress.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

This Spicy Buffalo and Bacon Roasted Cauliflower is a great way to satisfy a buffalo sauce craving without breaking the calorie bank. This dish uses some bacon for flavor but allows cauliflower to star, and one serving contains just 106 calories along with satisfying plant-based fiber. Cauliflower is rich in the antioxidant vitamin C and also contains sulfur compounds called isothiocyanates which may decrease the risk of certain cancers. You can still enjoy this dish if you are vegan too- just hold the bacon or substitute a veg version instead!

By Colleen Sideck, RDN, LDN

Spicy Buffalo & Bacon Roasted Cauliflower

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:35 mins
  • Servings: 6

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
1 tablespoon avocado oil or melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon Tessemae’s Buffalo Sauce (or hot sauce of your choice)
4 slices bacon, chopped into lardons (bacon bits!)
handful fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped, for serving
to serve: homemade ranch dressing and extra hot sauce!

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss your cauliflower with oil and hot sauce in a medium-sized bowl with a wooden spoon.
  3. Stir in the chopped bacon.
  4. Spread the cauliflower-bacon mixture onto a large cookie sheet.
  5. Pop in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. If you’d like to serve this with ranch dressing (which you really should!), now would be a good time to make it!
  6. If you’re like me and enjoy a little crisp on the cauliflower, turn the oven up to broil for a few minutes. But watch it! Broiling on high heat = burnt to a crisp cauliflower if you’re not careful and leave it for too long.
  7. Serve with chopped cilantro, extra hot sauce and ranch dressing, for dipping.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss your cauliflower with oil and hot sauce in a medium-sized bowl with a wooden spoon. Stir in the chopped bacon. Spread the cauliflower-bacon mixture onto a large cookie sheet. Pop in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. If you’d like to serve this with ranch dressing (which you really should!), now would be a good time to make it! If you’re like me and enjoy a little crisp on the cauliflower, turn the oven up to broil for a few minutes. But watch it! Broiling on high heat = burnt to a crisp cauliflower if you’re not careful and leave it for too long. Serve with chopped cilantro, extra hot sauce and ranch dressing, for dipping.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 106 ; Total Fat: 7 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 7 mg; Sodium: 217 ; Potassium: 303 mg; Carbohydrate: 5 g; Fiber: 2 g; Sugar: 2 g; Protein: 4 g

Nutrition Bonus: Vit C: 85%; Vit A: 38 %; Iron: 6 %; Calcium: 2 %

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