Cauliflower Scramble

Vegan Cauliflower Scramble

I’m so pleased to introduce everyone to Christine Oppenheim of Veggie Fixation, today! Christine is an uber-creative, allergy-friendly, vegan chef that comes up with some amazing dishes. She puts on informative cooking classes in the Southern California Area, while also being a personal chef to many lucky people. Firstly, I have to thank her for her kind words, below; and secondly, the AWESOME Cauliflower Scramble recipe! (Don’t forget to check out her site for more food magic!)


I love scrolling through Vegan Yack Attack and drooling over all Jackie’s amazing photos. I mean, seriously, the girl’s got talent. Her food is super creative and her photography is gorgeous, to boot. I’m honored to be guest posting for her.

When I first met Jackie over dinner at Native Foods, I remember being almost a little awe-struck to meet a blogger I really admire. We immediately hit it off, chatting about our vegan journeys, and, of course, our shared love for food. After all, we were at a meeting to discuss the vegan food tours we were giving throughout Los Angeles with the now defunct Urban Food Crawl.

Chopped Cauliflower

One of the topics that came up was my dietary restrictions, and specifically, my avoidance of soy. (I can have small amounts, like tamari or miso, but my digestion doesn’t tolerate anything more than that.) A number of my clients can’t have soy, as well, so it’s always a fun challenge coming up with alternatives.

Since going soy free, one thing I’ve missed most is a good breakfast scramble. Sure, I make chickpea quiche like they are going out of style, but it’s just not the same. I tried Living Harvest tempt hemp tofu once, thinking I had found the Holy Grail. However, as delicious as it was, that product really is ever so elusive. It’s only been sighted at one Whole Foods near me and more often than not, it is sold out.

Cooking Cauliflower

I was about to resign myself to never having a proper scramble again when I dreamed up the missing link… Cauliflower! It’s been a great substitute or alternative for so many other delicious things – Buffalo wings, Alfredo sauce, pizza crust – why couldn’t it stand in for tofu as well.

Turns out, it’s a perfect partner to a morning sweet potato hash. I’ll be making cauliflower scramble over and over and over. That vegan quiche may just have a run for its money. I’m so excited to share this recipe with all you Vegan Yack Attack readers!

Vegan Cauliflower Scramble

Cauliflower Scramble

Cauliflower Scramble

Yield: 4 small servings

A healthy, soy-free alternative for a vegan breakfast scramble!


  • 1 small head cauliflower or half a large
  • ½ Tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ onion, diced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos, or Bragg’s
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast


  1. Remove stem from cauliflower and cut into florets, then cut into even smaller pieces, until it’s all finely chopped. Some larger pieces are okay for texture, but you want each piece to be about ¼ inch. You may also pulse a few times in a food processor.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt coconut oil. Add onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add pepper and cook for 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  3. Add cauliflower and spread in an even layer across the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes without moving so that it may get a little browned on one side; it may take a little longer.
  4. Toss in the herbs and seasonings, except the nutritional yeast, and stir it all together to well coat. The cauliflower should now be a beautiful golden color. Continue to cook for another 5 to 7 minutes, until soft, or your desired texture is reached. Stir in the nutritional yeast and well combine.
  5. Remove from heat and serve with your favorite sides, or wrap into a tortilla for a breakfast burrito.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Thanks again to Christine for the drool-worthy cauliflower scramble and innovative post! Make sure to check her out at her website and her various social media accounts: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest! 🙂

Photo: Veggie Fixation

Christine Oppenheim is a vegan culinary educator and personal chef based in Los Angeles. She prepares meals that are centered on whole grains and organic, seasonal fruits and vegetables, with a focus on utilizing alternative ingredients that are compatible for restricted diets and food allergies. She is trained as a natural foods chef through Bauman College and certified as a holistic wellness coach through Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

30 Comments on “Cauliflower Scramble

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  2. I’m so happy to see a soy-free scramble. It looks like such a beautiful breakfast dish…or actually, I would eat it anytime!!

  3. Thank you so much for this! I have learned that I can no longer have tofu, which means no more tofu scrambles. Most of our mornings have been oatmeal or cereal which has gotten so old. So so old. Like ancient Egyptian old. I look forward to trying this out over the weekend!

    • Kat, I can absolutely relate! That’s exactly how this scramble was born. I can only eat so much oatmeal. 🙂

  4. Cauliflower ‘Scramble’?! That looks absolutely delicious with the blood oranges, Christine! Thank you Jackie for featuring her and her yummy recipe!

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  8. This dish was amazing! I couldn’t believe the slight resemblance in taste to real eggs, and the cauliflower really kept me satiated. Sooo happy! This will be a new standard recipe in my kitchen

  9. I was happy to see this recipe, but disappointed when executed.

    The cauliflower, when trying to imitate the texture of eggs, seemed to me that it should have been steamed first, then allowed to congeal with the oil.

    Allowing it to cook in the oil, although coconut oil is a high heat oil, burns both the cauliflower and the onion. I omitted the pepper.

    The spice measurements were too small and the round-about cooking times were questionable.

    Lastly, the called-for coconut aminos are not included in the instructions for this scramble.

    • Thank you for your feedback! I will share it with Christine, as she is the author of the recipe.

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  12. Jackie — First, I love your site and this recipe for cauliflower scramble is great. I have been using hydroponics from a company called that allows me to grow the herbs, vegetables & grains for some of your recipes. In this case the cauliflower. I really enjoyed the value and idea this company was striving for. Thought I would share it for others. You can grow all year and in any climate. It grows food such as herbs, vegetables, flowers and grains. And there is no soil, no mess, self-watering hydroponics. Thanks again and keep the recipes coming!

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  14. Just made this today and it was delish! Thanks for posting, and I will def. be looking for more GF V recipes!!!!!!!!!!! <3

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  18. This is extremely satisfying and delicious. Thank you for sharing!!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I’ll make sure to let Christine know.

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