Food Story: Eric & Cauliflower Poppers

I am always on the prowl for easy, creative and nutritious ways to eat a diet lower in carbs without sacrificing my penchant for fresh veggies. I recently discovered Slow Carb Diet Experiments and Eric’s fabulous Cauliflower Poppers. I love tater tots and that’s what this recipe reminded me of. I knew this would easily work into my eating plan and asked Eric if he would share his recipe with all of us and he graciously agreed.

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Cauliflower Poppers – Slow Carb Diet Experiments

It’s often difficult to find a side dish that is low carb, delicious, and goes well with most meals. Rice, bread, and potatoes – the staple side dishes for most meals – simply don’t cut it if you’re trying to reduce or eliminate your carbohydrate intake.  I’ve made this with salmon, steak, and grilled chicken — it works well with all of them.

Here’s a simple recipe for cauliflower poppers.  If you typically don’t like cauliflower, give these a chance.  Once you’re done adding the seasoning and they’re fully baked, you’ll hardly recognize them.

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Half Chopped Cauliflower – Slow Carb Diet Experiments

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Chopped Cauliflower – Slow Carb Diet Experiments

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Cauliflower on Baking Sheet – Slow Carb Diet Experiments

Cauliflower Poppers


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 heads of cauliflower


  1. 1/3 cup olive oil
  2. 1 teaspoon pepper
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  4. 2 heads of cauliflower
  5. Instructions:
  6. Preheat the oven to 400º.
  7. Remove the stem from the cauliflower heads, and chop up the cauliflower into medium-sized pieces. The cauliflower will shrink slightly while it bakes, so keep this in mind when you're chopping them up (you don't want to cut them too small).
  8. Mix together the olive oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  9. Mix in the cauliflower pieces and toss the mixture to coat the cauliflower well.
  10. Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet as evenly as possible (one layer) and place in the oven for one hour. While it bakes (every 15 minutes or so), turn the cauliflower so that it has a chance to brown on all sides.
  11. After an hour (make sure the cauliflower has a nice golden brown color), remove from the oven, let cool slightly, and serve.

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Although this does take awhile to make (given the one hour baking time), it’s well worth it.  If you’d like the cauliflower poppers to be even more “golden”, feel free to cook it for an additional 10-15 minutes.  Enjoy!

Eric is a food blogger who writes for Slow Carb Diet Experiments, where he crafts and tests various slow carb diet recipes in an attempt to make the diet enjoyable and sustainable. You can read his recipes, diet progress, and more at

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  1. I love love love roasted cauliflower! YUMMY!!
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  2. C.J. These look amazing. I can’t wait to try this dish, because cauliflower is one of my fav veggies. Look at all thosed crispy bits. Yum!

  3. Even though we’re not low-carb’ing it, we love cauliflower and it makes a frequent appearance on our table. I roast mine in a similar way although I use less oil and add a touch of garlic powder, Parmesan cheese and chives. Delicious!
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  4. Deliciousness! So simple, yet so amazingly good! It’s too bad movie theaters don’t SELL THIS popcorn alternative!

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