The Francene Marie Show

Saturday 6:00am-7:00am

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Rubbed ribs, bomb BBQ chicken and savory steaks seared to perfection sounds so yummy. These are some of the flavors of the 4th of July! Grilled meats are at the heart of any 4th of July cookout. In fact, a cookout without meat is…well…I’m not sure what that is. But I’ll soon find out. Now that I’m on this vegan kick I’m going to have to somehow make produce profound.

This is why Pinterest is our friend. Texas caviar, jalapeno corndogs, avocado fries…the possibilities are endless! If you’re like me, you want to keep your girlish figure this swimsuit season. So why not serve up something healthy and different this year. What have we to lose?

• 1 large head cauliflower (about 5-6 cups florets)
• 1 cup of water
• 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon garlic powder
• 1 tablespoon onion powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
• 18 ounces your favorite barbecue sauce OR Quick and Easy Vegan Barbecue Sauce

• Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
• Wash and cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. I like to leave some of the cauliflower stems on each piece, it makes them easier to pick up when eating.
• In a large bowl, add water, flour, garlic and onion powder, and salt. Whisk until well combined. In a second, smaller bowl, add the panko breadcrumbs.
• Add the cauliflower to the batter in the large bowl and toss to coat. Remove the pieces of cauliflower, one by one, and tap off the excess batter a few times on the side of the bowl. Roll them in the breadcrumbs, coating on all sides, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
• Bake for 15 minutes. Flip them over and bake for 10 more minutes, until brown and crispy. Remove from the oven.
• Toss the florets with 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce to coat in a large bowl, then return to the pan. Put them back in the oven for 15 minutes.
• Remove from the oven, brush with more barbecue sauce before serving, if desired. Serve with Vegan Ranch for dipping. Enjoy

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