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We wanted to give these a try for a while but we kept finding recipes with sugar added. A few attempts at these general Tso cauliflower bites and they were so bad... As in, neither of us could eat them. lol... Finally, we have come up with a recipe that works!
How to make cauliflower bites
If you are using sugar in your "healthy" recipes, they are not healthy... Period.
After Ryleigh was born I had to see a lot of doctors, my favorite one once told me that "sugar is white death".
I chuckled because I thought he was trying to be funny. He wasn't. He looked at me so seriously that the message burnt into my brain. lol...
I have thought about what he said over and over throughout my years studying the body and how it works.
For this recipe you won't need sugar or the guilt or health issues attached to it.
What you will need for the cauliflower:
- Grapeseed oil
- Chinese 5 spice powder
- Sea salt
What you will need for the sauce
- Sesame oil
- Maple syrup
- Rice vinegar
- Vegetable broth
- Chinese 5 spice powder
I found this great recipe for vegan ketchup so that you can avoid adding any refined sugar to your dish.
- Add chili flakes to the sauce for some kick.
- Serve with rice to make this into a main dish.
- Bake it instead of frying for an even healthier snack.
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- Refrigerator: This incredible gluten-free general tso cauliflower bites will last well in the fridge for 1-2 days. Although they likely could keep longer, we find that the coating tends to lack consistency so we don't recommend it.
- Freezer: In an airtight, freezer-safe container these gluten-free vegan cauliflower bites will keep well for about 2 months.
- Reheat: Quick and easy, pop into the microwave, or heat on a baking tray for a few minutes.
General Tso Cauliflower Bites
- 1 cauliflower large, cut into bite-sized florets
- ⅓ cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup grapeseed oil for frying
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 clove garlic chopped
- 1½ knob of ginger peeled and chopped
- 1 teaspoon ketchup
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- ¼ cup tamari
- ½ cup vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon Chinese 5 spice powder
- Heat grapeseed oil over medium heat.
- In a bowl combine cornstarch, salt, and Chiese 5 spice powder.
- Add cauliflower bites and dust with the cornstarch mixture.
- Fry in batches in hot oil until brown and crunchy.
- Drain finished pieces on paper towels.
- In the meantime, make the sauce. Add oil, garlic, and ginger to a small pan on medium heat.
- Saute for 2 minutes until fragrant.
- Add the remaining ingredients except for the veggie broth and cornstarch.
- Stir and lightly saute for a minute.
- Then dissolve the cornstarch in the veggie broth and add to the sauce mixture.
- Bring to a low boil, stir, and let the sauce thicken. About 2-3 minutes.
- Add the cauliflower to the sauce and toss to coat thoroughly.
- Serve immediately and top with sesame seeds.
Nutritional information provided is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary depending on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.