These days, cauliflower is a regular stand-in for everything from chicken to flour to rice. And there are excellent reasons for embracing this oddly shaped cruciferous veggie: It’s very low in calories, super high in vitamins and nutrients, and its neutral flavor means you can use it almost anywhere—dessert included. It’s no secret…
We love cauliflower so much we made it the centerpiece of our Seasoned Cauliflower & Green Beans and Organic Cauliflower & Green Beans medley. These super tasty seasoned vegetable blends make for an easy side dish or can be cooked up to make the centerpiece of your meal, like in our Cauliflower & Green Bean Stir-Fry.
More Creative Cauliflower Recipes
Looking for creative ideas for adding more cauliflower to your meals? Check out these mouthwatering recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers:
Cauliflower Rice Lettuce Cups with Sriracha Peanut Sauce
These lettuce wraps are full of cauliflower, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, and carrots. Cauliflower rice adds volume, texture, and vitamins while keeping calories down and the sriracha peanut sauce will make this your favorite go-to healthy meal or snack! (Psst. need to save time washing/chopping? You can totally make cauliflower rice with our Cauliflower & Green Beans – just cook then pulse in a food processor.)
Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese
Looking for a healthier version of a grilled cheese sandwich? Try making cauliflower “bread.” Simply rice your cauliflower, then cook and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Mold the rice into “slices” and toast for 15 minutes in the oven. After the slices cool, you can make a grilled cheese with all your favorite fixings! And the big surprise? You’ll get two servings of vegetable with each sandwich.
Cauliflower “couscous” with Leeks and Sundried Tomatoes
Process cauliflower (Tommy’s Cauliflower & Green Beans) in a food processor until it becomes the size of couscous. Sauté garlic and leeks over medium/low heat for a few minutes and then add in drained and chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Continue to cook until the leeks are soft, then add in cauliflower and stir until heated. Sarah at A House in the Hills says this tasty dish has the texture and taste of couscous but without the carbs!
This nourishing, paleo friendly recipe will become a comfort food favorite! Total prep time is only 20 minutes, so it’s great at any time of the day when you’re hungry, want something healthy, and don’t have a lot of time. (We love #easycooking just as much as we love cauliflower!) This recipe calls for smoked paprika and black pepper, which creates an earthy savoriness that will tantalize your taste buds. If you’re looking for a heartier meal, add a fried or poached egg on top…that’s a full meal that doesn’t get any better.
Cauliflower Steaks with Cauliflower Purée
These “steaks” get crispy edges from roasting, and the creaminess of the puréed sauce guarantees this recipe to become a Meatless Monday favorite! It’s also easy to swap out the dairy milk for unflavored, unsweetened nut milk to make the recipe vegan or dairy-free.
Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Topping
Similar to Shepherd’s Pie, but the potatoes are swapped out for cauliflower to make this a grain-free, paleo-friendly meal. You can add extra sharp cheddar cheese on the top if you choose, but even if you don’t, the result still comes out of the oven all bubbly and brown and delicious!
Citrus Vanilla Cauliflower Cake
Cauliflower’s neutral taste gives it a great deal of potential for adding into popular desserts! The vegetable’s slight nuttiness and tender texture combined with citrus and vanilla makes for a fantastic cake that stands alone or can be served with citrus zest, powdered sugar, whipped cream or ice cream.
Super Tasty & Super Creative
We love out-of-the box cooking and creative recipes. There’s nothing more fun than using vegetables in a surprising way…playing with your food is a sure-fire way to have fun in the kitchen and get those taste buds ready to try something new.
Do you have a favorite unexpected use for cauliflower? Leave us a comment or drop us a line with the recipe – we’d love to add it to our recipe box.