Smoked Paprika Roasted Cauliflower

Smoked Paprika Roasted Cauliflower
Hey listen, thank you guys so much for the overwhelming love and support with the new job and all.
I really fucking appreciate it.
More than you know.


I’ve been celebrating left and right, partying my little behind off but I’m ready to get back on the healthy train.
Get back on track, you know?

I actually lost a few lbs already.


The first week is always easy though.
Your body is so you used you just being such a cunt.

Drinking whisky while ordering cake.
And all of a sudden if you just have one bowl of oatmeal, it’s such a shock to your system that you actually drop a couple of lbs.


Unfortunately after a week your body is like, “Oh this is the new game, this is the new game..”

You’re thinking, well shit I’m gonna drop 2lbs every 4 days, I’ll be in fucking shape by Aug 1st.
But then what happens?

Another 6 days goes by and you’ve lost like half a pound.
And that’s when you gottta man up and not become depressed and bury your face in a bag of cheetos.


So I’m just bringing this shit up to you guys so you can check in on me, the way I check in on you.
Help keep me honest, you know?

So I’m kicking things off with this Cauliflower recipe.


2015 is a good year for cauliflower, it’s on everybody’s blog.
Cauliflower pizza, cauliflower burgers, buffalo cauliflower…it’s fucking everywhere.

So I’m thinking, it’s time for me to jump on that train too.
I’m not trying to be left out…


Can I just say, seasoning cauliflower and then roasting it?
SO fucking good.
It’s like the best snack ever.

I seriously could not stop noshing on it, I almost didn’t have enough left to photograph.
Little panic set in for a min there.

Kinda like when you’re at a birthday party and they have the cake out but haven’t cut it yet because it isn’t time.


But you keep eyeing the cake, circling around it every 3 mins.
You start telling yourself no one will notice if you pick a liiiiiitle piece off the back.

So what do you do?

You get up nice and close to the cake.
And still looking around, you let your hand drop behind it while you use your ring finger to knock a couple of those chocolate shavings off the cake.

Eyes wide, still looking to make sure nobody’s watching you, you bring that little piece to your mouth and what happens?

You’re fucking hooked.
You are fucking, hooked.

And with your back straighter than it’s ever been in your entire life, you let your hand fall behind the cake again and go in for more.


15 mins later, your craving is at bay, you’ve calmed down a little, managed to compose yourself…
You’re ready to go join the party.

You’re ready to have a little drink, maybe shake a leg or two – you’re feeling good, right?


And then they announce it’s time to cut the cake.
And you fucking panic.


That’s literally what making this cauliflower was like.

I took a break from taking pictures to start writing up this recipe and I swear I could not get 4 sentences out without reaching in for one of them.

By the time I was ready to take the final pictures I almost had a heart attack.
It looked like a g*ddamn tray of leftovers.

So think of this as more of a side dish.







Smoked Paprika Cauliflower


What I Used

5-6 cups Cauliflower Florets. 2 tbsp Smoked Paprika. 2 tsp Minced Garlic. 3 tbsp Olive Oil. 1 Small Handful Cilantro. 1 Small Habenero Pepper. Salt. Pepper.

What I Did

In a small bowl, mix the smoked paprika, minced garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper.
Just use your best judgement on the salt & pepper, you can always adjust later.

Next, cut the cauliflower florets so they’re about the same size and place in a large ziplock bag.
Pour in the smoked paprika mix, seal the bag and give things a goooood shake, making sure the florets are properly coated.
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Set aside to marinate for about 30 mins.

Meanwhile preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking try with parchment paper.


Spread the cauliflower on the baking try and place in oven to roast for 30 mins or until the tips of the cauliflower start to char.

When the cauliflower is properly roasted, remove from oven and set aside to rest for a couple mins.
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Chop up a small handful of cilantro and dice the habenero pepper.

Serve by tossing the cauliflower with the cilantro and hebenero, adjusting the seasoning if needed.
Smoked Paprika Roasted Cauliflower
Hope these pics aren’t too dark for you.
We had some sketchy weather during this one and by the time I started to give a fuck, the food was all gone.

84 thoughts on “Smoked Paprika Roasted Cauliflower

      1. I know! Right?! At first I was like all gung-ho about pinterest but then I just forgot about it! I’m trying to get re-interested – but there is just so much out there that instead of scrolling through the millions of posts I just pin only things I really think I’ll make (eventually!!) 🙂

  1. I love Cauliflower so yes yes yes!!! 10000 times YES! &&& the colour looks amazing, i wonder whether you can attempt this with broccoli, or have you already done so? I´m adding to lists of recipes inspired by YOU! Looks mighty delicious, food wonderful cauliflower! mmmmmm YUM

    1. I’m pretty sure you can do this with broccoli.
      The way I figure, you can roast almost any vegetable haha!
      And as always, you leave the sweetest comments!
      Love you boo!

  2. Ohhhhhh! This looks better than the cauliflower I did… PINNED!!

    BTW…. do you not have a place where I can subscribe to your blog via email? I’m tired of missing shit.

  3. I love the colors of this dish — fuk I love everything about this dish! The ease, the colors, the simple prep, simple ingredients, the works! Just wish you saved some for Sunday for the crew to snack on instead of having us eat all that pizza LOL but I guess that’s another story, huh?

  4. this morning on my way to work “i will not eat any chocolate today. that will be my good deed for my body.” it’s 10:11 AM. already consumed 1 toblerone bar. WTF.

  5. I adore cauliflower and roasting it brings out its natural sweetness. The pics are gorgeous and moody, nicely done. Good for you on getting back on track, it only gets worse when you’re as old as I am😳.

  6. ” and not become depressed and bury your face in a bag of Cheetos” I contemplate this every freaken day! Good for you for sticking to the healthy bandwagon I am starting again today and we will see what happens. I will definitely have to try this recipe I love Cauliflowers!

  7. This looks awesome!! 🙌🏻 I swear smoked paprika makes everything taste amazing. Beach body friendly too!! I know what you mean about that weight flux. I’m the same way! Let’s not get discouraged and get skinny. Like… VS model skinny… In a realistic way lol Also, congratulations on your new job!!!! 👍❤️

  8. You know what? I’m a fucking idiot.

    I just read that post and realized that the thing I call red pepper is actually smoked paprika (is this the proper English term; I’m a little fussy with seasonings). And this is like our trademark national seasoning. Almost every traditional dish that my Great Grandma used to cook, contained smoked – or roast – paprika grounds. No self-respecting Bulgarian cook would cook, er, say – traditional beans soup without roast paprika grounds, it’s not optional – it’s obligatory!

    Damn I should really put this on my ever expanding vocabulary.

    1. *grave nod*
      Yeah girl, this smoked paprika thing is huge in Bulgaria.
      I only know that because Aunt Bagdana (aka one of my moms best friends) is from Bulgaria and she always sends it back with mom whenever mom visits.

      But this doesn’t make you a fucking idiot.
      No no no…far greater crimes remain to be committed for that title 😀

      1. I cannot believe you were playing coy all this time. 😀 When one of your mother’s friends lives here somewhere!

  9. Cauliflower perfection, right there. Now you’ve got me craving cauliflower and maybe a little birthday cake too. I’ll keep you updated with which one wins, because I know you’re on the edge of your seat right now…

      1. I actually had roasted seasoned broccoli. Probably would have been better with the cauliflower, but it was still tasty. 🙂 No cake! Be proud!!!

      1. Umm…on its own, raw, it’s kinda flavorless…that’s why roasting it with spices is such a great idea because how it tastes is so easily influenced.
        If you blanch it in hot water, it taste similar to broccoli.

  10. You are a f**king great writer. And I’m F**king hooked on your writing! You make me laugh every time, you are a keeper!
    Can you believe I only started eating and loving cauliflower this year? Just yesterday I had it in my stew. It’s my favourite veggie now. For reals.

    1. Hahahaha, thank you so much!
      And yeah I can believe it because I too only just got on the cauliflower train.
      You should post the recipe where you had it in your stew so i can try making it!
      ❤ ❤

  11. This recipe comes bang on time as i’m looking for healthy snacks to tuck into. I’m going to Marbella in about 2 wks time and I dont want to hang out but not be physically hanging out all over the place! Ermmmm, can i put cheese all over that ish..i guess not, it would defeat the healthy purpose. And it sounds like you’ve polished off a few bday cakes in your lifetime, haha, love it! X

  12. You too! I’ve been trying to eat healthy myself & just like you, a couple pounds right away & then it’s a waiting game… like my body laughing at me, teasing me really. Wtf? And cheetos are my favorite guilty pleasure which I just found a healthy version made by beanitos. I’m so confused.

    Anyhow, I’m on the cauliflower train with you & this looks amazeballs… per usual. Well done m’lady. Pics aren’t too dark at all. Delish!

    1. Ugh. Isn’t it fucking awful??
      Healthy Cheetos!? What is this magic you speak of?

      And thanks, I wasn’t sure how these pics would come out.
      It’s weird because if you’re looking at it on a cell phone, they’re not too bad. On a tablet, they looked a little sketchy. On a computer they are everythingggg.

  13. Oh my gawd, this is amazing! I’m totally going to make this. I have a head of cauliflower in the fridge right now, and everything else…except habanero…but I do have a jalapeño. Doing it.

  14. Woo hoo all aboard the cauliflower train! (I would get off the cake train for this dish.) I will be preparing cauli this way in the very near future, and it will be good. Thanks Cake.

  15. You can’t with cauliflower I always say… The “cheddar” (yellow) cauliflower is my favorite now. I’ll still eat the white variety but the yellow is the truth!

      1. Yes!
        Cauliflower is doing the damn thing although I dont think I’ve tried the yellow one.
        I’ll have to make a point to look for some next time I grocery shop.

  16. Lovely cauliflower! Paprika adds flavor and glamour to this simple veggie! You have used Olive oil here which makes it pretty healthy too. Gonna give it a shot as I’m trying hard to lose some weight by changing my diet to a healthy style! Thanks Dana dear!!!

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