Add A Little of This To Your Cauliflower

March 19, 2014   32 Comments

Snack Girl is forever trying to sell you cauliflower. You can never have enough cauliflower in my opinion.

Smoky Cauliflower Recipe

Cauliflower is one of those low calorie, nutrient filled foods that everyone tells you to eat. Do you eat it? I see a few hands up.

For those who avoid it, I think now is the time to try it again. I bought a large cauliflower for a whopping $2 so there isn’t much risk here. If you want to be healthy, you must find ways to enjoy vegetables.

My favorite way to cook cauliflower (which I included in my book is to roast it – see: oven roasted cauliflower). This recipe also uses the roasting technique but adds a new spice.

Smoked paprika is not hard to find. It is next to the other paprika in the spice section of your supermarket. This stuff is GREAT. How do they make it? They smoke and dry sweet peppers. I have seen McCormick brand in my Stop & Shop.

The cauliflower is a perfect vehicle for any flavoring agent because it is so bland. The smoked paprika/salt combo is so tasty that you can’t stop eating it and the best part is you don’t have to!

Have you tried smoked paprika?

Smoky Cauliflower Recipe

1.6 from 24 reviews

Makes 4 servings, 1 cup per serving

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1 large head cauliflower, broken into 1-inch florets
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive-oil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
¾ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, optional


Preheat oven to 450 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil (for easy clean-up).

Place cauliflower in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, paprika, and salt. Drizzle over cauliflower and toss with your hands to fully coat. Put cauliflower on the lined baking pan and roast for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

Toss on parsley (if desired) and serve immediately. Can be enjoyed hot, cold, or room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

For a one cup serving = 85 calories, 3.8 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 11.6 g carbohydrates, 5.1 g sugar, 4.3 g protein, 5.5 g fiber, 502 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Never noticed smoked paprika, trying this recipe tonight!


Cauliflower is really good. My son calls it clear broccoli LOL.

I only buy the frozen bags of cauliflower.

After letting the bag of cauliflower thaw, would I par-boil it before roasting it?

My biggest fear is that the roasted cauliflower would be too firm :-( We don't like firm/steamed vegetables.

We love roasted cauliflower, usually make it with curry powder, but I will try it with smoked paprika (another favourite).

Thanks for a great site! :)

I like it with curry & cumin sprinkled on it or as pizza crust. It is not my favorite veg when steamed.

I found an awesome recipe for Twice Baked Cauliflower on Pinterest and have made it several times now. My non-vegetable-eating husband actually requests it! Y'all need to try it!! Dianna - I use frozen all the time and once it has been nuked in the microwave for a few minutes, I find it is the same consistency as having boiled it and then I use it in the recipe I mentioned. Frozen also seems to be a little cheaper than fresh and there is no waste. Hope this helps!

I am a HUGE fan of smoked paprika! (the SMOKED part is extremely important!) I cannot wait to try it on roasted cauliflower. I add it to ground turkey and it really gives off a great flavor. Amazing spice find!

I've been eating a fruit or veggie with every meal so that I get my 5 a day in. Thanks to this post, I'm now roasting cauliflower for breakfast :) I hope this is a proud moment for you, Snack Girl :) I can't wait for my pre-ordered copy of your book to come in April!

@Shallin - bursting with pride! Hurray! If I can get one person to eat cauliflower today - I am proud - and it is only 10:30 AM.

Thanks for buying the book - I hope you love it.

I found a recipe for roasted cauliflower with balsamic and Parmesan it was good, I'm excited to try the smoked paprika!! Thanks for all the goodies!

I have not been seeing an option to include new recipes in "Recipe Box". Any reason?

Nutritional yeast, such as red star's, is great on Cauliflower :) It adds a cheesy taste for those lighter days

I love the idea of roasting Cauliflower! I normally add it to boiled potatoes with spinach.

I love roasted cauliflower! When I'm in a mood where I just want to eat a large volume of food but aware enough that I don't want to do it on candy, I roast a whole head of cauliflower, then mix it with salsa and a little grated Parmesan. It's a huge amount of food, delicious, and healthy.

@Snack Girl, my roasted cauliflower breakfast was AWESOME! Thank you! I already know I'll love your book ;) I was hooked by the free preview and by all of your recipes that I have already tried and loved.

I have been buying Smoked Paprika for years! Love it! I first learned about it from Rachael Ray. If you have a Gordon Food Service near you you can get a LARGE container of it for practically the same price as the small stuff at the regular grocery store and you have over 10 times the amount

Trader Joe's also has smoked paprika...I bought it originally because a Spanish friend of mine said she adds it to her homemade tapas dishes, with vegetables. It was cheaper at TJ's and it rocks big time! Try it in rice, too. Or Cauli-rice...

I can't wait to try this - smoked paprika is now on my list of must haves! I live cauliflower - you can chomp on lots of it guilt free. Sometimes I dip it in mustard - other times I roast it and coat with buffalo sauce. I once poured vodka sauce over it and it was wonderful.

Vodka Sauce? I'm so there! I used to eat pasta just so I could smother it in the Vodka Sauce...even though I don't think the sauce actually has vodka in it; cooking gets rid of the alcohol. LOL

Just added smoked paprika to my grocery list. I keep seeing more recipes using it but have never tried it. I love roasted cauliflower so can't wait to try this.

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