This General Tso’s Cauliflower is the perfect weeknight dinner
The whole family LOVES this General Tso’s cauliflower recipe. They love it when a vegetarian dish is reminiscent of the ‘real deal’ but when it’s even more delicious.
For a long time I wanted to find a vegetarian option other than tofu for a this recipe, so I made cauliflower version and bang the whole family are in love, it’s so delicious! Now, this dish is super often on the menu.
You can also try my Tofu General Tso’s recipe.
Cauliflower is nutrient dense
One cup of raw cauliflower provides over 75% of the daily minimum target for vitamin C. In addition to supporting immunity, this nutrient is needed for DNA repair and the production of both collagen and serotonin. (The latter promotes happiness and healthy sleep.)
Cauliflower’s vitamin K (20% of the daily target per cup) is required for bone formation, and a shortfall is linked to increased fracture risk. The veggie’s choline, roughly 10% of the daily goal per cup, plays a role in sleep, memory, and learning and muscle movement. Cauliflower also provides smaller amounts of other essential nutrients, including B vitamins, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and potassium.
Cauliflower is anti-inflammatory
Bioactive compounds found in cauliflower are known to reduce inflammation. The veg is also rich in antioxidants, including types known to counter oxidative stress. In a nutshell, oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between the production of cell-damaging free radicals and the body’s ability to counter their harmful effects, which include premature aging and disease risk.
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General Tso’s Cauliflower
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 25
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 cups soy milk (plain, unsweetened)
- 3/4 cup unbleached flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cauliflower (in florets)
- 3 green onions (chopped)
- 1/4 cups roasted sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
- A clove of garlic (finely chopped)
- 1/2 tsp sambal eolek
- 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- Preheat the oven to 450F.
- In a bowl, combine the milk, flour, salt and baking powder.
- Soak the cauliflower florets
- Place the florets on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes
- During this time prepare the sauce.
- Place the soy sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and sambal haleck in a small saucepan.
- On medium heat, simmer for 10 minutes.
- Mix the cornstarch with a little water to dilute it and then add to the sauce. Mix well.
- Take the florets out of the oven, add to the sauce and mix well to coat the florets with the sauce.
- Return to the oven for 5 minutes
- Serve over rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions
Keywords: general tso’s, cauliflower