Recipe: Cajun BBQ Dusted Cauliflower

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona just launched its 2015 kids cooking contest aimed at motivating Arizona kids to incorporate healthy options into their daily food choices.

For the fifth consecutive year, the company is looking for great-tasting, kid-inspired side dishes for the Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge.

Children ages 9-12, living anywhere in the state of Arizona, are encouraged to submit their healthy and tasty side dish creations for a chance to win great prizes and an opportunity to prepare and share their masterpiece at a Phoenix Suns home game.

Contestants can submit recipes online at anytime between Jan. 1 - 21

A recipe must:
-Be an original recipe for a hot or cold side dish
-Include at least one fruit and/or vegetable
-Be able to be cooked within 20 minutes (not including prep time)

The top five recipes will be selected based on nutritional value, taste and originality. Finalists will be invited to present their creations at a public event Feb. 6 at the U.S. Airways Center in central Phoenix before a Phoenix Suns home game. After the cooking demonstrations, recipe details will be posted online at for a public vote. Voting will be open from Feb. 6 through Feb. 17.

A finalist from last year's contest, 11-year-old Ethan Scher, shared his recipe with 3TV:

Cajun BBQ Dusted Cauliflower

2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 fresh shallot, sliced
1 head cauliflower, approximately 8 cups bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup of canola oil (for a healthier option, try olive oil)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2. Mix the first six ingredients together to create spice mixture
3. Trim cauliflower and cut into bite-sized pieces
4. Slice onion and shallot
5. Combine cauliflower, onions and shallot into a large bowl
6. Toss with canola oil and spice mixture
7. Line cookie sheet with tinfoil and spray with nonstick spray
8. Pour cauliflower mixture onto the pan and spread evenly over pan
9. Bake for 18 minutes