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Kid-Friendly Roasted Cauliflower

Updated on May 2, 2012

Dubbed “white tree french fries” in my house, roasting cauliflower is a quick and delicious way to get some vegetables into your kids. My kids love eating them, especially if they can pick them up and dip them in ketchup. The roasted cauliflower recipe below is quick and easy to prepare, and helps preserve its many nutritional benefits.

This cauliflower recipe is a great accompaniment to just about any dish. Roast it up and serve it as a quick and easy healthy addition to your chicken, fish, meat, or pasta main.

Health Benefits of Cauliflower

Latin for “flower,” cauliflower is low in fat and calories but high in fiber, protein, folate, and vitamin C. It has several properties that may help reduce cancer, heart disease, and hypertension. As an added bonus, cauliflower comes in several colors - white, orange, purple, and green. Have your kids do a taste test of the different colors!

Easy Roasted Cauliflower - Ingredient and Directions


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Ketchup (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into small bite-sized florets.
  3. Drizzle olive oil onto a baking sheet.
  4. Put cauliflower onto baking sheet.
  5. Drizzle cauliflower with olive oil. Add salt and pepper and toss.


6. Bake at 450 degrees for 30-40 minutes until tender and crispy

7. Serve and enjoy!


Roasting Tips

  • In my family, we like our cauliflower crispy, almost like french fries. Adjust your cooking time to your tastes: some kids may not like the browning that comes with a longer cooking time.
  • Smaller pieces cook and brown faster. Larger pieces will maintain their crunch. Cook a little of both for variety!


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    • veggie-mom profile image


      6 years ago

      Yum, this sounds delicious, making the grocery list tonight & will definitely add cauliflower, thanks for sharing! Voted up & shared!

    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from MA

      Thanks Vicki. You'll love it! :)

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      6 years ago

      I am definitely going to try this one! Sounds yummy, healthy and easy!!!

    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from MA

      Thanks Vespawoolf. It's amazing how veggies cooked right can be so yummy!

    • vespawoolf profile image


      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      This really husband isn't fond of cauliflower but will eat it roasted and dressed with tahini. It's too cute the kids call it "white tree french fries". Thank you for sharing!

    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from MA

      Thanks Rufus rambles! It's super easy and tasty. Let me know what you think!

    • Rufus rambles profile image

      Rufus rambles 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Wow I've never thought to roast cauliflower - Will definitely try this recipe!

    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from MA

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, thanks for reading. They might still like it. :) I could eat a whole head myself if my kids would let me!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a great idea. My girls would have loved this when they were small. Up and useful.


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