Cara's Crispy Orange Cauliflower. Vegan Glutenfree Recipe

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I told you all about all the amazing people that will drop by on the blog right.. Its Wednesday and a day to celebrate eating awesome food even with restrictions. Cara at Fork And Beans, the place where you can find hope and allergy-friendly candy that you can gobble up anyday.

Cara whips up adorable things like these pretty mini Valentine Doughnuts, cracked Egg Easter Cupcakes! and these Nachos(pictured below). Dont let these Nachos fool you. These are Dessert Nachos. At Fork & Beans, you never have to go without all the goodies you love. Cara provides gluten, dairy and egg free candy, cookies, holiday treats, savories and what not. Also, read her story and look up her Glutenfree and vegan baking and Guide to going Glutenfree.

You can find Cara on Facebook and Pinterest.

Thank you for the lovely guest post Cara. I definitely need these crispy caulis in my life. I heart Cauliflower.
Over to Cara. :)



You don't need me to tell you about Richa's natural talent to not only create some of the most beautiful vegan recipes on the internet but also how she is one of the kindest souls walking on this planet. But I'm going to anyway. I'm a huge Richa fan and I find myself constantly inspired by her. So because of that I wanted to create for her one my most tasty dinner recipes to date.

I might create recipes that are gluten, egg, and dairy-free but I by no means claim to always be healthy with the way I choose to make said recipes. Sometimes, for one who is limited in what they can eat, it's kind of nice to be able to eat those foods similar to what you once remembered it tasting like. Good ol' fried Chinese food is no exception. Sometimes a girl has gotta splurge...

Crispy Orange Cauliflower Glutenfree Vegan

Nothing is better for the body, mind, and soul than a fried vegetable. At least that is the truth according to me. And let me tell you, this is one fried dinner that will not disappoint (it's ridiculously good!) Here's to feeling better, friend! 




Crispy Orange Cauliflower Recipe
Gluten, egg, and dairy-free
Serves 2
Adapted by E-how

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into small florets (I used a pre-package of cauliflower bought from Trader Joe's)
For Flour Mixture:
  1. Blend all ingredients together until a nice batter is formed (shouldn't be too thick: think waffle batter consistency).
  2. While you are doing this, heat up a skillet with 1/2 c. oil on medium/high heat. Make sure it has been properly heated. 
  3. Dip each small floret into the batter and make sure each piece is entirely covered.
  4. Fry in oil until completely browned.
  5. Allow to drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
For Orange Sauce:
  • 2 Tb oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, peeled and zested
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • zest of 1 orange + juice of orange
  • 2 Tb soy sauce (gluten-free)
  • 2 Tb rice wine vinegar
  1. In a clean skillet, heat oil and garlic for 1 minute.
  2. Add green onions, zest and juice. Cook another 1 minute.
  3. Add soy sauce and vinegar and bring to a boil. Toss in crispy cauliflower into the skillet and coat thoroughly. Keep on the pan briefly.
  4. Place ontop of rice.
  • 1/4 c. orange juice
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  1. In that same skillet, throw in the remainder ingredients and bring to a boil for just 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Drizzle over orange cauliflower and rice.
  3. Garnish with green scallions, orange zest, and sesame seeds.

54 comments:

  1. Oh my lord... That puts my sesame orange seitan to shame...

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    1. all orange, sesame goodness is all good in any form! :)

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  2. Gluten-free or not, the dish looks absolutely delicious, I wish I could get a bite of these Cauliflower bites.

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    1. I know right.. thats the beauty of delicious food!:))

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  3. This looks soooo good! I actually have a very similar post for this Friday. I think I must be very in tune with my fellow bloggers recently... ;-) Lovely photos and recipe, Cara! xx

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    1. it is cauliflower after all and you have been on a cauli roll.. cant wait to see what you whip up!! maybe i should tell you about my posts in advance:))

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  4. Oh my goodness Cara has done it again- this looks so unbelievably incredible! Give that girl a gold star - this is totally a vegan Chinese food game changer!

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    1. totally agree.. vegan chinese food rocks!

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  5. Looks absolutely delicious!the pictures speak for themselves.Violeta

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    1. Thanks violeta. I couldnt agree more.. Cara does it again!:)

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  6. Oh. Oh my. I will never look at a head of cauliflower the same way again.

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  8. This looks AMAZING! Do you think I could bake instead of fry the cauliflower? We try to stay away from fried foods. Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. you can. Blanch the florets for a few minutes before using the same batter and bake till golden.

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    2. I don't use any oils of any kind... do you think that by baking this, it will be as good? Please say yes!! It looks so so amazing...

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    3. I love the idea of blanching. Does it take away from the Chinese take of the food?

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  9. It looks like gobi Manchurian!


    Thanks for sharing so many great vegan recipes...

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  10. looks very tempting.. nice shots.. it looks close to manchurian

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  11. I've done fried cauliflower before, but always bhaji-style. But I used to love orange chicken and this looks like a great swap. Yum!

    Cara, was it you who also posted an awesome-looking Buffalo Cauliflower recipe a while back? I've been musing on that one for a while, too.

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    1. Hi Molly! I actually did a Buffalo Tempeh Tender recipe: http://www.forkandbeans.com/2013/02/21/baked-buffalo-tempeh-tenders/ Not sure if this is what you were thinking of.

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    2. Hi Molly,
      I'm not sure if you found what you were looking for, but I made these and they are amazing!
      http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/spicy-buffalo-cauliflower-wings.aspx
      Jen

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  12. Wow! This looks amazing! Definitely a splurge! and boy does it look worth it. Your photography is absolutely stunning! Really gorgeous!

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  13. This looks perfect! To roll around in. Because yuuuuuum!

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  14. I had to run right out and get a head of cauliflower. Also posted a link to this recipe on my Live Journal page.

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  15. Cara, this sounds awesome. I will likely make this very soon. And, thank-you for including your GF flour blend :-) Question: I try to avoid cornstarch cuz of the GMO issue, which is a big concern of mine. Any suggestions?

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    1. I've been looking for the answer to the same question. Some answers have included using flour as a substitute. What did you end up using?

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    2. I used flour, turned out fine for me.

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    3. Joyce Brady, try arrowroot. It's very similar. I stay away from corn, too. Arrowroot is my go-to substitute.

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  16. I love Cara's blog and have never been disappointed with any of her recipes. This orange cauliflower goodness is no exception. I can't wait to try it!

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  17. Just made this. Its a great recipe. Very Very good! My husband and I are trying to go vegan, been vegetarian for 2 years. My husband always wants food that "manly" This is Hearty and tasty. He liked it very much. This made enough for 3 servings for us, Just enough for My husband to take it to work for lunch tomorrow. thank you very much for a recipe to add to mu collection!

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  18. how do I print your recipes?

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  19. Amazing Dish! I made it and my husband couldn't believe it was cauliflower! Thank you for the share.

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  20. This was amazing. I made last night and my hubby was quite unsure... needless to say he enjoyed it too!

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  21. Made this last night, it was great! Hubby who was quite unsure, enjoyed as well. Thanks!

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  22. Made this last night & it was awesome!!! My hubby really liked it and my 2 year old even dipped the cauliflower in ketchup and ate it!
    So unique, not too hard & I had everything on hand. My hubby is allergic to flaxseed, so I sub'd in corn meal instead - it worked great!

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  23. I made this last night for dinner. It is the BEST thing EVER. My husband loved it, my five year old ate it, and my mom who doesn't eat cauliflower loved it too. After dinner my five year old came up to me and said, "Mom, you can make that again tomorrow night!" I'll definitely put this in my menu plan. One suggestion is to double the batter as there was not enough to coat all the florets evenly. Another suggestion is that I seasoned the batter with salt and pepper and some paprika. I would have added either a cayenne or ancho chile or some other spice but I was feeding my son and mother.

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  24. I made this last night, and OH MY GOD it as amazing. My omni-boyfriend loved it. Your recipes are amazing. I also doubled the batter and added a little more water and some seasoning, but other than that, perfect! Here's my recap http://www.vanishingveggie.com/2013/07/vegan-richas-crispy-orange-cauliflower.html

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  25. I'm allergic to citrus fruits. Can I sub the juice with something else?

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  26. Pineapple is a good idea. I will try that. Thanks

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  27. Pineapple is a great idea. Thank you :)

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  28. Hi,
    Does the Cauliflower need to be steamed with boild water befor frying it?
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    Thanks,
    Hadas

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  29. Hi,
    Does the Cauliflower need to be steamed with boild water befor frying it?
    :)
    Thanks,
    Hadas

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    1. I think the trader joes frozen florets that Cara has used for the recipe are steamed to be partly cooked. You can steam them before frying.

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  30. Made this, it was amazing! So perfect, I used fresh cauliflower and did not steam it first. It came out tender and delicious. But that sauce was the real star of the show. Simply divine! Thank you so much for sharing! I reviewed/linked to this recipe on my blog http://makingmondays.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/cooking-with-pinterest-caras-crispy-orange-cauliflower/

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  31. as soon as i saw this recipe, i gleefully clapped my hands and said to my husband, "i want to make this RIGHT NOW!" and so i did. and, oh my God, richa...it's pure deliciousness!!! merci mille, you clever girl!

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  32. as soon as i saw this recipe, i gleefully clapped my hands several times and said to my husband, "i'm making this RIGHT NOW!!! oh my God, richa, it's absolutely delicious! merci mille you clever girl!

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  33. I substituted arrowroot powder for the cornstarch; skipped the rice and just served with a side of sauteed bok choy—delish!

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  34. Hi! Thanks for the great recipe and site! For the green onions, do you use just the stems or all of the onion? (The ones I buy here get pretty sizable bulbs, almost shallot sized). Thanks so much again!!

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  35. This is so good! I made it last night. It's probably one of the best things I've made in a long time. Thank you for sharing.

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