Today I’m sharing two super easy recipes using two of my favourite vegetables: broccoli and cauliflower. They’re so versatile and I love enjoying them in salads, soups, as roasted sides and just on their own as a snack. Here they’re shown off in two totally different ways. First up is a spicy hot recipe where they’re Buffalo-style and roasted, and then next is a way more mellow take where they’re lightly steamed and blended into a creamy, dairy-free soup.
Buffalo cauliflower recipes have been all over Pinterest for ages, but if you haven’t tried it then, I think it’s about time! This recipe takes your everyday mild-flavoured roasted cauliflower to another level as a mouth-tingling, eye-watering totally-veg stand in for hot wings. Of course, if you like things a little on the milder side, you can take it down a notch, too.
I applied this same approach to my broccoli, and I think I might like it even a little bit more! Sure, it doesn’t have that same chicken wing look that the cauliflower offers, but the way those little broccoli buds crisp up? Amazingness!
Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower and Broccoli Bites
- ½ head broccoli
- ½ head cauliflower
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbs olive oil
- ½ cup hot sauce
Directions: Pre-heat over to 350F. Break cauliflower and broccoli into bite-sized pieces. In a large Ziploc bag or bowl, combine cauliflower and broccoli with coconut oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Roast on a large baking sheet for approx. 15 minutes, turning half way. Remove from oven and toss with olive oil and hot sauce and bake for an additional 5 minutes. If they’re cooked but not crispy yet, you can put them under the broiler for a bit (2-3 minutes), but keep an eye on them!
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Now that your taste buds are on fire, it’s time to cool things off with this creamy soup that is equally delicious served hot or cold. You can keep things totally raw, but I think a light steaming helps things blend up more easily. If you like your creamy soups cheesy, like I do, then don’t skip the nutritional yeast which actually tastes like cheese! I dump a whole lot in mine and then serve it up with even more. It’s so healthy that I can feel good about it, too. I used a whole head of broccoli since I had so much I needed to use up, but you can go with just the half head you’ll have left over after you try out those Buffalo bites.
Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup
- ½ head cauliflower
- 1 head broccoli
- ½ onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- salt and pepper, to taste
Directions: Steam broccoli and cauliflower until slightly tender. Combine with remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Be careful not to overfill your blender. You might have to do this in two batches and add more broth or water to achieve desired consistency. If you are using a Vitamix, blend on high until hot. Season to taste and serve with another scoop of nutritional yeast.