Hello Meatless Mondays! If you haven’t heard, Cauliflower is in. This seems to be the new trend in the food world. Cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza dough, and cauliflower bites with any kind of sauce you can think of. Naturally, I had to try them all! Cauliflower rice in a stir fry dish, great low-carb alternative. Cauliflower pizza dough, can’t even explain how delicious this was. You can even alter it the slightest bit and have Cauliflower bread sticks. YUM. Cauliflower bites were the last on my list to try and boy did they not disappoint.
I really love Chinese food but rarely eat it due to calories and sodium content. I decided to use these Cauliflower bites as my sneaky low-carb, low-sodium Chinese alternative. Sesame sauce is my go-to however all I kept hearing about was this General Tso sauce. I figured let’s give that a try and see what happens! I generally don’t like spicy food, which is what General Tso sauce is. I added some lime and honey to it, cuts the heat very nicely. You get a little sweet and spicy going on on your taste buds. I also used Panko breadcrumbs as the outer layer on the cauliflower. I like the crunch it gives to it and it can soak up the sauce while staying crunchy. Sogginess, when you want crunch, is unacceptable.
This recipe can be adapted to use any sauce you’d like: Sesame sauce, Buffalo sauce, maybe even Garlic Parmesan?! The possibilities are endless. You can also try to use broccoli florets as well. The next time Monday rolls around, get creative and try something new. Meatless Monday can be as exciting as any other day of the week. Think of it as the one (and only) perk to a Monday.
General Tso cauliflower
2-4 Servings – 15 min. prep – 15-20 min. cook time
1 steamable bag of cauliflower
2 eggs, large
1 cup flour
1.5 cups of Panko breadcrumbs
½ cup Generel Tso sauce, bottled
½ lime, juice
¼ cup soy sauce, low sodium
2 tbsp honey
- Steam cauliflower according to instructions on the bag
- Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl, set aside
- In 3 separate bowls, 1 bowl for each of the following: flour, eggs, panko. Make sure they are in that order.
- Add salt and pepper to the flour. Whisk the eggs
- Once the cauliflower is steamed, let cool off for 5 minutes. *Need to be able to handle it
- Cover a baking sheet with foil. Spray with non-stick spray
- Take each floret, dip in flour, egg, then panko. Shake off any excess. Place on baking sheet
- Put oven on broil. Spray the dipped florets with cooking spray and place baking sheet in oven
- Broil until golden brown. After about 7-8 minutes, flip them over
- Toss the florets in the sauce, coat evenly.