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This recipe was submitted by Mariam Ordubadi for our Community Cookbook. It's for the vegans, the non vegans, the skeptics, and the lovers. "It's taken me many iterations to perfect this dish but with the help of my good friend (and chef extraordinaire) Mike Pigot (@chefpigot), I can finally say it's a crowd favourite".

Vegan Spicy Cauliflower Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cauliflower head
1 cup all purpose our
1 cup plant-based milk (I use almond)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup panko crumbs
3 - 4 tbsp garlic chilli sauce or gochujang
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/8 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp garlic, peeled and chopped
Half a lime, zested and squeezed 2 tbsp simple syrup
Sesame seeds, to taste / garnish 1/2 cup vegan mayo
1/2 cucumber, cut into 1/4 inch pieces and several dime shaped ones
Parsley, to garnish

Recipe

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Cut your cauliflower into florets and remove the core.

In a bowl, mix our, milk, olive oil, garlic powder, and pepper.

Coat cauliflower by placing it and the mixture in a ziplock bag and tossing it.

Empty cauliflower into strainer and let the excess batter drip off, then coat with panko crumbs and gently toss.

Place on a foil lined pan (I like to spray mine with oil) and bake for 15 minutes flipping them once and letting them cook for another 10 minutes until they are brown.

Sauce
In a blender add garlic chilli sauce (or gochujang), 1/8 of a cup sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, lime, simple syrup, and a dash of sesame seeds until it's nice and smooth.

In a bowl add vegan mayo, remaining sesame oil, and chopped cucumber (in 1/4 inch pieces) and mix. This is your base.

Remove your cauliflower from the oven. On a plate, lay down your vegan mayo mix and stack the cauliflower bites on top. Cover the cauliflower with your spicy sauce. Top it off with dime shaped pieces of cucumber, sesame seeds, and parsley. Enjoy!!

Mariam Ordubadi Mariam lives in Vancouver, BC. She is a photographer and works in brand and social media strategy. She is an advocate for wellness and encourages people to donate blood. You can connect with her online @mariam.ordubadi