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Snack Time: Cauliflower Popcorn

This is just about the easiest snack you can make -- and it's raw, gluten-free and vegan!

raw cauliflower popcorn

Photo: Sarah Kaiser/WFIU

Sprinkle the cauliflower with Bragg's Natural Yeast Seasoning. It really does feel like you're eating popcorn!

We’re turning the head of the cauliflower into little popcorn bites by breaking it up into small chunks. Add a healthy sprinkle of Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast Seasoning for that buttered-popcorn taste. (It is gluten-free and vegan to boot!) Finish with a dash of salt and pepper, and toss everything together in a bowl.

Even though the head of the cauliflower is the focus of this dish, we are not forsaking the rest of the vegetable. After all, you pay just as much for the leaves and the stem as you do for the head!

  • The greenery can be used as a chip substitute for dips. It tastes just like cauliflower and it is full of nutrients.
  • The core can be sliced into coins for snacking. Trim off the outer layer to get to the crunchy, juicy center part of the core.
  • Then, you can take all the extra cauliflower parts and make a soup! Chef Orr recommends adding some Polish sausage, onions, carrots and new potatoes to your soup.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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