Mouth Watering Paleo Crunchy Cauliflower

A paleo crunchy cauliflower recipe with nuts and a creamy, citrus garlic ranch dressing. Flavor packed!

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We are eating a vegetarian Paleo diet, and I was trying to think of an alternative to using flour for my Crunchy Cauliflower treats (a must for a healthy, low calorie super bowl party dish).  I tried this delicious substitute and was delighted with the result. Roasted nuts. Really tasty and crunchy and very easy to make.

Under 150 Calories

An entire head of cauliflower serves at least 6 ( 110 calories a serving)  to 8 people (83 calories per serving). If you use a tomato based dressing, add another 30 calories for 1/4 cup and this snack comes in at under 150 calories.  Considering that 2 mozzarella sticks are 180 calories, this is a healthy, satisfying, paleo alternative.

You can serve this with a Ranch Dressing or a Tomato Horseradish dip or buy one if you are pushed for time.

Paleo Low Calorie Crunchy Cauliflower
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 Head Cauliflower - Broken into florets
  • 2 Free Range Eggs (use egg substitute for vegan)
  • 4 oz Roasted Nuts - Almonds and Cashews or your favorite
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard - You can use dry powder
  • Freshly Ground Sea Salt and Black Pepper
  1. In a bowl, mix eggs, mustard and season.
  2. Toss cauliflower florets in egg mix.
  3. Dip each floret into the nuts and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve with dressing of choice.
  6. Note: You will have nuts left over, but you need to be able to toss the florets easily, so you really only use 2oz of nuts.

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Josephine Weston - January 31, 2016

What are free range eggs?

    Monica the Cavewoman - February 1, 2016

    What an excellent question Josephine. Most of the eggs you buy in the store are laid by chickens who suffer greatly. They are in tiny cages and they can’t move. They peck off their own feet. Free range eggs are from chickens who are not in cages. There are varying degrees of free range. I only buy eggs from chickens who are given access to the outside and are roaming on pasture. If you read inside the box, they usually say when the chickens are given these conditions. Since we moved to CT, I actually buy all my eggs from a neighbor. I can see the chickens running around the yard. You may pay a little more, but it’s worth it knowing you are not contributing to animal suffering.

      Monica the Cavewoman - March 2, 2016

      Hi Kim, I couldn’t find where the recipe say’s that it is vegan, but if you don’t eat eggs, there are a few really good egg substitutes out there. All you want is for the nuts to stick to the cauliflower, so you could get creative and try a few alternatives. please let me know if you come up with something vegan and good. Thanks for your comment and I look forward to your feedback.

Kim - March 1, 2016

Your recipe says vegan paleo. Eggs are not vegan, free range or not. Don’t you have a vegan recipe? Thanks!

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