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Vegan Gingered Broccoli & Cauliflower – a New Plant-based Side Dish Recipe

Today I’m sharing my new recipe for gingered broccoli & cauliflower – a delicious plant-based side dish recipe that has beeen a hit in my home.

But first- so much has happened in the past few days! The biggest change of all (at least for me) is that I’ve just started a new job – yes, something other than tending to this blog like it’s my full-time occupation 🙂 Am I excited? Of course! I mean, it’s going to be great to be out of the house and around other people, especially since I was beginning to feel like all of the stress over my blog was slowly making me go cuckoo. Plus, I am going to use my writing abilities full time at this job and get paid for it – not too bad, huh?

But what about this site?! You need not worry: I am going to continue to pay as much attention to it as I can, but at the same time I don’t want to spread too thin in all directions because that could become ugly. I’ll try to post at least 1-2 times a week, so bear with me!

And now – the recipe!Main picI find that this broccoli and cauliflower side dish works great with almost any ‘mains’, be it veggie burger patties, baked tofu, refried beans or something else.

The credit for my gingered broccoli & cauliflower rightfully goes to Susan Voisin of I absolutely love her recipe for roasted okra masala, but okra is kind of pricey and not in season right now, so I decided to experiment with using the good ol’ broccoli and cauliflower.

I slightly adjusted the spices as well, and I think the dish came out very good! In fact, it was a big success with my husband, who never ate either of these vegetables before.

Gingered 2The key here is not to overcook the vegetables as you roast them so that they don’t lose their crunch. When you toss them with the onions, only do so for about a minute.

Yield: 4 servings

Gingered Broccoli & Cauliflower Recipe

Gingered Broccoli & Cauliflower Recipe

This gingered broccoli & cauliflower makes an easy and versatile side dish that goes with just about anything. If you like more heat, use a spicier curry powder, or add some red pepper flakes at the end.

Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder (mild or spicy)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • Avocado oil cooking spray*


  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Arrange broccoli and cauliflower florets on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 min, then take the vegetables out, toss them lightly, and bake for 5-7 min more until fork-tender.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a thick-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Once hot, spray the bottom of the pan lightly with olive oil cooking spray (or add 1-2 Tbsp water or vegetable broth if you don't use oil). Add sliced onions, saute for 3-5 min until they soften, stirring them with a spatula to prevent sticking. Add grated ginger, minced garlic and all of the spices, cook for 1-2 min until the spices get nice and toasty. If they start sticking to the pan, add 1-2 Tbsp of water.
  3. Once broccoli and cauliflower florets are done, take them out of the oven and add to the pan with onions. Toss the mixture to distribute the spices evenly over the vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste. That's it!


*If you're trying not to use oil in your cooking, feel free to use 2-3 Tbsp water or vegetable broth instead of the cooking spray.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 179mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

Please note that the provided nutritional information data is approximate.

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Alina Zavatsky - Vegan Runner Eats
Alina first made a switch to a vegan diet in 2013 to optimize her athletic performance as a marathon runner. Eventually she embraced veganism as a way to be kinder to fellow living beings and the environment. Alina hopes that this blog helps its readers on their path to becoming vegan and making this world a better place.

Katie M

Monday 14th of July 2014

Yum! I am always looking for more ways to sneak some broccoli into my meals. Will definitely be trying this soon :)


Monday 14th of July 2014

Awesome, Katie, let me know how it turns out!

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