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New amazing vegan recipe: General Tso’s Cauliflower

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One of my favorite dietary indulgences is General Tso’s Chicken. General Tso’s Chicken may taste great, but is a very heavy, salty, fat-laden, deep fried meal. I usually sleep very poorly when I choose to have it because I’m up half the night drinking water. It’s for those reasons that I have not had General Tso’s Chicken in years, even though I love how it tastes.

While recipes obviously vary, the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference shows a typical 535 gram order of General Tso’s Chicken contains more than 1,500 calories and close to 100 grams of fat! Check this out:

general tso chicken nutrition facts


That’s pretty shocking. I truly had no idea General Tso’s Chicken was this scary from a nutritional standpoint, but it sure explains why I always feel so crappy after eating it.

As most you know, Lisa and I are returning to a plant-based diet very soon. In the past I’ve always done all the cooking, but deciding to go vegetarian has ignited Lisa’s culinary fire! In preparation for our return to a vegetarian diet, Lisa’s done an amazing job of finding recipes, preparing the dishes, modifying/tweaking the recipes and basically become a kitchen hero. 🙂

The latest in Lisa’s string of amazing vegetarian/vegan meals is, perhaps, the best of the bunch so far: General Tso’s Cauliflower. This baked dish is super healthy, 100% vegan and the taste is absolutely amazing! Cauliflower is fast becoming my favorite vegetable. And I used to hate cauliflower!

Here’s the easy recipe.

General Tso’s Cauliflower – healthy, vegan and delicious!

General Tso’s Cauliflower – healthy, vegan and delicious!



A healthy vegan spin on a classic favorite. So good you’ll want a second helping; so healthy you can enjoy all you like guilt-free.

Ingredients – Cauliflower

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 6 green onions, sliced diagonally into 1″ pieces
  • 1 teaspoon olive, grapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Ingredients – Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon olive, grapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar (vegan), maple syrup (vegan) or honey (vegetarian)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

Instructions – Cauliflower

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease with cooking spray.
  • Toss the cauliflower florets with the oil in a large bowl, then add the cornstarch and continue tossing until coated.
  • Place cauliflower on baking sheet and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, turning halfway though cooking.

Instructions – Sauce (prepare while cauliflower is roasting)

  • Place oil in frying pan over medium-high heat; add ginger and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add all remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil; whisk until smooth and thick.

Once the cauliflower has browned, remove it from the oven and transfer to a large bowl. Add the sesame seeds, the green onions and the sauce. Toss until well-coated. Serve immediately with rice.


Serves 2. Excellent when served with jasmine rice! Add some fresh broccoli to the cauliflower for a tasty variation. If the sauce reduces too much (careful with the heat!), just add a little warm water or warm vegetable stock.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 353
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat g
Polyunsaturated Fat g
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0g
Sodium 1441mg
Potassium mg
Total Carbohydrate 59g
Dietary Fiber 12g
Sugars 38g
Protein 12g
* These values were kindly provided by the recipe submitter. John Stone Fitness LLC is not responsible for errors or omissions.

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12 Responses to “New amazing vegan recipe: General Tso’s Cauliflower”
  1. Looks awesome! I’m guessing you can control the amount of heat with the red pepper (thinking this could also use some Serrano peppers). Will likely give this one a try! Where are you finding these recipes?

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    • You could definitely kick the heat up with more pepper flakes or peppers. The fresh ginger and garlic also provide a little kick. I love spicy foods, but for this dish I prefer the classic General Tso taste, which is not all that spicy.

      When I’m looking for new recipes I usually do searches based on what I’m interested in making. I also have a lot of cookbooks. I almost always modify recipes, and then post my favorite version here at JSF when I’m happy with it.

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