Sweet & Sour Cauliflower

sweet and sour cauliflowerI must be totally honest here and say one thing about CAULIFLOWER.  It’s not my favorite vegetable.  I’m really not a big fan of it at all.  Although, I do love it if it’s riced or mashed and smeared with a ton of cream and butter.  Other than that, I rarely buy it.  As of late, I’ve had this “problem” with buying things just because they’re on sale. (Please don’t ask Omar about this.)  I don’t know what it is about that SALE sign or sticker, but I’m a sucker for it.  All that to say… Whole Foods had their organic cauliflower on sale this week and I couldn’t resist buying it.  I tried not to look at that sale sign, but it screamed my name!So, I bought that little guy and decided I would do my best to make it as yummy as possible without mashing it and dousing it in lots of butter.  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Chinese food.  LOVE IT.  But… we never eat it out at restaurants anymore.  Our local news has this guy that goes around to different restaurants and basically asks questions to prove that they have super dirty kitchens.  It never fails – Chinese restaurants are ALWAYS this guys favorite place to drop a big “Oh no you didn’t!” bomb.  Because of that I’ve learned to make quite a few dishes I’m pretty proud of and now we don’t have to waste money eating nasty take out from dirty kitchens!  Woohoo!!!

One of my favorite sauces is sweet and sour.  I will dip any kind of veggies in it and eat until my stomach can’t hold anymore.  So, I decided to make a little Sweet and Sour Cauliflower in hopes that I would like cauliflower a little bit more.  I’m pretty happy with the results!  If you’re a meat eater, you should totally check out my Sweet & Sour Chicken Dinner recipe.  My hubby LOVES that one.  I haven’t made it in forever since I haven’t been eating meat, but it’s definitely a crowd pleaser and so was this cauliflower!

(I do realize I put a whole LOT of sauce in that bowl.  I’m a saucy kinda girl!  I always like to spoon a little extra on top of everything…and I like to have more than enough than not enough!  Add as much or as little as you want!)  ❤

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Sweet & Sour Cauliflower

  • Servings: 3 - 4
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A healthier version to an old Chinese food favorite!


  • 1 head of cauliflower, washed, dried and cut into florets (make sure the cauliflower is completely dry.  If it’s still wet, it steams instead of roasts in the oven.)
  • 3 tbsp organic canola oil
  • 1/3 cup corn starch

Sweet & Sour Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth/stock
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp corn starch plus 2 tbsp water (for a thickener)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment or non-stick spray.
  2. While the oven preheats, make the sauce and let it hangout for a bit.  In a small saucepan on high heat, whisk the sugar, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, ketchup, veg broth, and garlic powder together.  In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch and water.  Bring the sugar mixture to a boil and slowly stir in the slurry (cornstarch and water).  Let this boil for 2 – 3 minutes, then reduce the heat to simmer.
  3. In a large ziplock bag add the cauliflower florets and oil.  Make sure the oil has covered all of the cauliflower.  Then, add the cornstarch.  SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!!! Shake the bag until all of the cauliflower is covered in the cornstarch.  Place the cauliflower on the prepared pan and roast for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, if you want to brown your cauliflower a bit, broil it for a couple minutes.  I don’t like super soft cauliflower.  I like it to have crunch to it.  If you like it softer, roast it a few minutes longer.
  4. Add the cauliflower to a mixing bowl and pour as much or as little of the sweet and sour sauce on top. Stir it together well making sure every little piece is covered!
  5. Serve on top of rice or quinoa.  Garnish with green onions if you want! EAT!!!

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  1. Priscilla says:

    I’m excited about this one! One, I recently started eating more cauliflower. I guess it’s not one that I’ve ever eaten a lot and I was desperate to mix our dinners up. Two, adam loves Chinese food, but I’m not so into it. The Chinese food dishes that we make at home are sooo much better! Three, I’ve been eating a lot less meat! So I’m glad to have this option

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