5-Minute Freezer Side Dish: Cauliflower in Peanut Sauce

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Are you on the fence about your feelings for cauliflower? Like, you want to like it, but you’re just not sure? Served with a simple yet punchy peanut sauce, we’re sure this version will win you over forever.

Why This 5-Minute Side Deserves a Spot on Your Table

Inspired by the peanut sauce in one of our favorite stir-fries, this three-ingredient version comes together fast. The fatty flavors from canned coconut milk and peanut butter add depth and richness, and chiles give it that little zing it needs to stand out.

How to Do It

Microwave a bag of frozen cauliflower, according to the package instructions, until cooked through and then set aside. Combine a half can of coconut milk with about 1/4 cup of chunky peanut butter and a tablespoon Sriracha in a medium bowl. Microwave until the sauce is warm and the peanut butter is soft and then stir combine. Pour the sauce over the cauliflower. Top with chopped peanuts, sliced red chile pepper, and scallions.

5-Minute Freezer-to-Microwave Side Dishes

Starting with a 12- to 16-ounce bag of frozen veggies, we’ll show you how to mix it with three pantry ingredients, and get it on the table in five minutes with the help of the microwave.