Cauliflower Nuggets

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Anecdote: I got out of high school at 2 p.m. & I had to be at work at 3 p.m. every day. I would leave school, go to Chick-fil-A, order a 12-count of nuggets, medium fries, & a large cookies & cream milkshake. Every effing day. I regret nothing. I was reckless & in my baby fat stage.

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I haven’t had a bad meal since I arrived in Washington, but this place is missing the restaurant chain that built me (Miranda Lambert lyric cred).

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A chain that nourished me with breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks. A place that accepted me in my pajamas and my party dresses. A restaurant that force fed me milkshakes during every breakup. My home away from home with way better food.

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Politics aside, don’t tell me you’ve ever had better chicken nuggets because you would be a big, fat liar. I’m convinced they stuff them with crack. Little crack nuggets.

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I would never try to make my own chicken nuggets because they would pale in comparison & just suck. So I made cauliflower ones. They were crunchy & creamy & yummy & filling??? & light & cute. I don’t care what’s inside. I just think we should all eat more nuggets.


Time: 40 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3


  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut in florets
  • 1 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp. of onion salt
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • Olive oil, for cooking

How to:

  • Put florets in a microwave safe bowl + add 1/2 cup of water
  • Steam in microwave for 7-8 minutes or until tender enough to mash
  • Squeeze water out of cauliflower + add to a different, large bowl
  • Add 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs + garlic salt + onion salt + red pepper + S+P
  • Heat a tbsp. of olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet
  • Form cauliflower mixture into nuggets + roll them in other 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs + add to pan one at a time
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until desired crispiness
  • Serve with favie dipping sauce + some sweet potato frenchies



39 thoughts on “Cauliflower Nuggets

  1. strawberryem says:

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a wild strawberry and commented:
    A vegan restaurant in Sao Paulo used to do a junk food night about once a month. Great idea! People turn to veganism for different reasons and tend to have a healthy attitude to diet. Sometimes, however, we want to be junk food bad asses too. These cauliflower nuggets look very interesting and a bit of a spin on indian veggie pakora. Can’t wait to try!

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  2. nourishandrenew says:

    These look tasty, I might have to try them out on my picky 3 year old too! Have you tried cauliflower pizza base? ‘The Green Kitchen’ have a great recipe, but its basically processed raw cauli, mixed with ground almonds and bound with egg – it’s really delicious!

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  3. Rachel says:

    These look yummy! I love chic-fil-a! In high school we went to Taco Bell every single day and I weighed 20 pounds less than I do now. How is that fair? I haven’t had fast food like that in YEARS!


  4. Dedairyfy says:

    Thank you for stopping by on my page! These cauliflower nuggets look amazing! I can barely get my kids to eat veggies, but my oldest one actually ate roasted cauliflower a few days ago and now wants more, so I’ll have to give these a try and hope to be victorious again. I’m really bad at cooking veggies (partly thanks to said kids’ refusal to eat them), so I’m really trying to be better at it. Your recipes are a great place to start! Thank you!


  5. oharat27 says:

    Sounds delish. Reckon it would be fab with a thick blue cheese dip and I might try adding some cumin and serving with a harissa creme fraiche. Thanks for visiting my blog and the like. Gives us newbies a real boost when we get likes from seasoned posters.


  6. gardeden says:

    Awesome sounding recipe, will have to try it out as we grow heaps of Cauliflower in our gardens! Thanks for liking my Healthy Potato & Leek Soup – (Vegan, Organic, Gluten Free) recipe. Cheers 🙂


  7. chrissy says:

    Hi Rachel, these look delish! I’ve been wanting to try some new recipes with cauliflower and I think I should start with these 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration 🙂 X


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