19/04/2016

Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

This delicious Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce is the perfect healthy game-day appetizer or savoury snack!

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Remember a few months back when cauliflower was one of the most expensive vegetables at the grocery store? I remember seeing memes in my Facebook feed about people re-mortgaging their houses to buy cauliflower, the prices were so bad. Even still, I've never really been one to complain about the prices of fruits and vegetables. Truthfully, I'm happily ignorant to how much it costs to feed my family fresh produce and I'd much rather cut my costs in other areas of our grocery budget (like the junk food aisle!) than in the produce section, although I did do a double take last week when I realized I had paid $12 for a rather small amount of fresh blueberries. The thing is, my kids eat them like they're candy (probably because they don't really know what candy is yet!) and how can I say no to those 2 cute little faces begging for fresh blueberries of all things??

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Back when cauliflower was so expensive I had a conversation with a gentleman behind me in line at the grocery store after I caught him eyeing the 2 heads of cauliflower in my cart. He struck up a conversation with me about the price of cauliflower and how the cost of fresh, healthy food is going up quickly. While I agreed with him and we commiserated over how high our grocery bills are I also got to thinking about how great it is that conversations like this happen, and how it's so great that even though the cost of living a healthy lifestyle is going up, so is the prevalence of a commitment to healthy eating and it's become commonplace to talk with strangers about it instead of striking up polite conversations about a local sports team or the weather.

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If you've been following this blog for any amount of time you'll know I love coming up with simple, healthy ways to enjoy great tasting food and this Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower is all of those things. While I do enjoy the odd chicken wing every now and then, this Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower is something I've made at home again and again for a light lunch or snack and it's a recipe I reach for when I need a low-fat, healthy appetizer that tastes amazing and even the most devoted chicken wings fan will love. If you like wings, pub food, appetizers, or if you have a thing for hot sauce, this recipe is definitely for you!!

Like this recipe? You'll love these Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Mushrooms or these Creamy Bruschetta Bites!

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Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce (serves 4)

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You'll need:

For the dipping sauce:
1/4 cup mayonnaise (I use reduced fat)
3 tbsp whole milk
1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
a pinch or two and salt and pepper


For the roasted cauliflower:
1 large head of cauliflower, washed and dried and broken into large chicken wing-sized chunks
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
3-5 tbsp your favourite hot sauce, to taste (I use Sriracha because it's my favorite, but any kind works)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
a pinch or two of salt



To make:

Combine the mayo, whole milk, Greek yogurt, Worcestershire sauce, blue cheese, and salt and pepper in a medium bowl and whisk until it's well combined and smooth (except for the blue cheese chunks, of course). Refrigerate the dipping sauce while you prepare and roast the cauliflower, although the dipping sauce can even be made a day ahead of time to give the flavours a chance to develop further.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add the olive oil, lemon juice, hot sauce, garlic powder, salt and paprika to a large bowl and stir to combine.

Add the chunks of cauliflower to the bowl and toss it in the sauce until it's well coated. Turn the cauliflower out onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-18 minutes or until the tops of the cauliflower chunks begin to brown slightly.

Serve the cauliflower while it's hot with the blue cheese dipping sauce and some celery sticks!

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I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comments below, what's your favourite healthy snack food hack?

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2 comments:

  1. What would you recommend to keep these warm for serving at a party? Would putting them in a crock pot work?

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    1. That's a great question Tracy! A crock pot on low might work, but the thing with cauliflower is that the longer it's heated the softer it gets. To avoid soggy cauliflower it's probably best to serve it hot and immediately after roasting. Hope that helps!!

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