SIDE DISH ALERT!! This is a side dish. Just FYI. I like side dishes. I just hate making them.

Sorry if you’re still having issues with my blog. I know I am. I’m getting a new host. Obviously my old one sucked huge ass. Soon all will be well and I won’t have this crap to complain about. Guess I’ll have to find something else. Oh, men. Duh.

Wanna know about some songs I’m really diggin’? No? Good. Let’s do this.

Muse – Madness

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

Churchill – Change

Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait (this song will never get old. mostly because the video is at one of my favorite places on earth)

Anywho, I recently started reading a new book. It’s called Beautiful Disaster. My friend Pilar from California told me to read it MONTHS ago and I finally got around to buying to book. A real book. I don’t have no fancy Kindle or anything cool like that. I’m the old school way. With the easy to tear pages that I can fold when I stop for bathroom breaks or do one of the 50 things I feel like doing in a day.

You see, I’m not really good at reading. Probably because I have ADD. Or is it ADHD? In any case, I’m easily distracted…as you can probably tell from reading my blog. I just don’t like concentrating on one task. So while I read, I tend to think about the 10 other things I should or could be doing. Then I forget about what I read. Then I have to go back and read it 3 more times. So you can imagine how long it takes me to read a book. Or how studying went for me throughout college years.

My friend even mentioned to me the other day how slow of a reader I am. What a d*ck!

But thankfully this book is a love story so I’m DIGGIN it. I freaking love love stories. I’ve told you before that I’m a hopeless romantic, so this book fulfills my love needs since mine are lackluster.

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Spicy Baked Cauliflower and Sweet Potatoes

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  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 1 head of cauliflower, stem and leaves removed, roughly chopped,
  • 1 sweet potato, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 tablespoons fat of choice, melted (i used bacon fat)
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add all ingredients to a 9×13 glass baking dish. Mix well.
  3. Place in oven to cook for 30-35 minutes until sweet potatoes are tender.
  4. Eat up! Oh you so spicy!

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I’m planning on making this for dinner tonight and the bacon fat scares me a bit…I’m new at this whole cooking thing, what’s the best way to melt it back to liquid, just nooking it in the microwave? I saw you in an earlier post you save your bacon fat in a jar…how long is that good for?

    1. juli says:

      just scoop out a spoonful of the bacon fat and put it in the pan, it will melt down!

  2. Samantha says:

    OMG! this has to be the BEST cauliflower dish we have EVER eaten! We’re trying the paleo diet for my son as he has eczema and we’re hoping this will help. It won’t hurt my husband and I either. I’m already a celiac and lactose intolerant (badly) so I’m already halfway there anyways! Thanks for an AWESOME recipe! I’m making it again tonight so my Dad can try it!!

  3. Christine says:

    OMG…LOVED this recipe. I halved the cayenne and used 1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 butter for fat. I used Italian Seasoning for the oregano. Please make sure that your sweet potato cuts are uniform so that cauli and taters are done at the same time.

    Thank you SO much for the recipe!!

  4. Hilary Owen says:

    How I love your blog…. and you. 🙂 I made this recipe with ham and yam chunks (leftovers ftw) and ate it as a meal—awesome!!! I call it Ham-Yam-Thank-You-Ma’am-Hash… 🙂 That sassy name seems fitting for a recipe that you created. Thank you!

  5. Lorif Hood says:

    Hi I want to make this but I use no animal fat. Will it work if I use EVVO?

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  6. Becky says:

    Do you think broccoli would make a good substitute since I ate the stinking cauliflower I had bought already (before I knew of this wonderful recipe)?

  7. Kathy says:

    Delicious! My kind of food, used half the cayenne. Definitely will be made again.

  8. Laurie Nylund says:

    New paleo’er-two weeks today. Recipes like this are what is keeping me honest. Made this tonight, and OMG. Took the comments into consideration and modified it a bit. Out of bacon fat, so I threw 3 slices of bacon cut in half to a saute pan and cooked it on low until I had about 2 tablespoons of fat. Threw the diced sweet potato in and let it cook for two minutes to jumpstart it. Turned off the heat and added the cauliflower, onion, 3 cloves of garlic, and 2 heaping tablespoons of coconut oil. Mixed all the seasonings together in a separate dish, though I reduced the cayenne to 1 tsp and the red pepper flakes to 1/2 tsp. Mixed that all through the pan and then dumped it (still with the slices of bacon) into the baking dish and covered it as suggested. Baked it for 20 minutes, then uncovered and cooked it an additional 25. Served it with last night’s slow cooker pork roast heated up in the leftover juices and some cold, crisp, peppery lettuce. SOOOO good. And the pieces of bacon were an added taste sensation. Thank you for this recipe. With food like this, I may survive the month without bread… I took a couple of pics, and may come back to add some links. This is the only way to eat!

  9. Ruben Resendez says:

    It was 30 minutes before dinner and I had no veggies pre-cooked to go with my chicken dinner so I quickly searched the internet and found this paleo cauliflower recipe. Holy crap is this thing spicy! I think the idea was great and motivated me enough to whip it all together but next time around I will probably cut the cayenne pepper by two 3rds. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Amber says:

    So I made this last night but my sweet potatoes don’t look like yours. So I looked it up and I had no idea there were so many different types of sweet potatoes! I use the orange fleshed ones. I am not a big fan of SP right now I made them a few months ago and the next day I was sick so now it is hard to eat them. I figure it is just a mind thing so I keep making them and I will eventually get over it. Anyways I made this last night for me and my husband who is on a routine right now where he pretty much cant have anything!!! It was good (still had to choke down the SP), I loved the cauliflower and the onions. We love anything spicy so this was great for us. looking forward to more great food!