Honey Garlic Cauliflower

School is in full swing and I’m right back in the trenches with 29 little Grade 3 students battling every minute of the day.

Luckily I have a real cast of characters who are already showing their quirky and sweet sides.

I had one mom write me a note that said,

I ask my son every day after school how his day was, and every day he has the same response: “This is going to be the best year ever because of my teacher”.

Yep, my heart melted a bit over that one.

Another parent addressed me as Respected Teacher in the agenda…that was pretty great.

One little girl came up to me at the end of the first week and said “Mrs. Skinner, I don’t like being in this class…”

She paused dramatically with a bit of a smile on her face

“I LOVE being in this class!”

Yes, this year is going to be fun.

Honey Garlic Cauliflower

When I told Andrew I was going to make honey garlic cauliflower for dinner, he only had two things to say:

Gross and Why

Andrew is not a big fan of my “1 vegetarian meal a week rule”…he’d much prefer an all meat diet.

But because I cook the meals and thought it looked interesting, I ignored his sass and made it anyway.

I started by cutting up a whole head of cauliflower and breading it using eggs and panko bread crumbs.

Honey Garlic Cauliflower

I placed the breaded pieces on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

I baked the cauliflower at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes until it was nice and crispy. I even gave it a little broil at the end to make it even more crunchy and delicious.

While that was baking, I made the sauce.

In a saucepan, I mixed

  • 6 tbsp honey
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp sriracha

Once that came up to a boil, I added in a mixture of 2 tbsp cornstarch + 6 tbsp water to help thicken it up.

Honey Garlic Cauliflower

I served this with rice and stir fry veggies and drizzled the sauce over top.

Honey Garlic Cauliflower

The Verdict- When I asked Andrew what he thought about it, he said, “The sauce is awesome, but it is still cauliflower. It is like it is pretending to be meat. Next time why not just put the sauce on some chicken?” Ok, he has a point, the sauce would be great on chicken or fish, but I really, really loved this and think it is a great alternative to meat. I would make this again in a heartbeat and I know I will use the sauce recipe with other things.

Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls

Every morning in Grade 3 we start off the same way. We do a little brain warm-up activity and then we get down to our Daily 5 station work. This always kicks off with a story in story corner.

Last week, I chose a story about a farmer who frees a woman from a bramble bush and she turns out to be a fairy who grants him one wish. Of course, being greedy, the farmer wishes that all his wishes would come true. This eventually ends in ruin and the farmer wishes for everything to go back to the way it was.

After our story we usually have a discussion about the book looking for literary elements we are studying, strong vocabulary and how we can relate the book to other things we have seen, heard or read.

A story about wishes, needless to say, sparks a lot of discussion: Was the man being greedy? Why would he wish for the things he did? How could he have been smarter about his wishes?

Finally one boy in my class put up his hand with a thoughtful look on his face.

“Mrs. Skinner, I would have just wished for true love.” he said.

What else can you do but smile?

Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls

I pinned this recipe a few months ago and finally got around to trying it. It is from one of my favorite blogs and a place where I have found many, many delicious recipes. I knew I had a home run as soon as I found it.

I started with prepping my noodles. It said to soak the noodles for 20 minutes (while preparing the rest of the dish) so that they are nice and soft when ready to add them to the sauce.

Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls

Now if you have ever stood in the international food aisle of your local grocery store, you will know how many noodle choices there are. And frankly, I think I bought the wrong noodles. They were quite thick, so guess what? By the time 20 minutes had passed, they were not nearly soft enough. But I persevered and let them cook in the sauce and in the end they were ok…a little on the firm side, but ok.

Next I worked on the sauce.

To a frying pan I added

  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1/4 diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon of minced ginger

Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls

After about 5 minutes I stirred in 2 tablespoons of red curry paste and let it cook another minute or so.

Then I added

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of water (to stretch the sauce a bit…and because I didn’t have any chicken or veggie broth on hand)

Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls

I let the whole thing bubble and simmer for 15 minutes until it had thickened a bit.

For the veggies for this meal, I just bought a bag of fresh stir fry vegetable (don’t judge) and a bag of broccoli slaw to make it go a little farther. I stir fried these in a little oil in another pan while the sauce was simmering.

Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls

To assemble I just mixed everything together and served with a little bit of lime juice squeezed on top and some sesame seeds to make it look pretty.

Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls

The verdict- Ah-mazing! Because of my love of all things coconut, this was right up my alley. The flavors were so delicious. It would be easy to make this a meat-filled dish with either chicken or shrimp, but it was pretty darn delicious on its own.