A delicious new trend has been popping up everywhere lately, and I am all for it: Cauliflower is having a moment, sprouting up in all sorts of recipes and proving that it is one of the most versatile vegetables out there. (It’s a side! It’s a main dish! It’s probably even a dessert somewhere!)
Have you noticed this trend? We’ve been spotting cauliflower recipes all over the web and cauliflower dishes on restaurant menus, sort of like Brussels sprouts circa 2007.
So what are the best things to do with this hearty veggie, which is low in fat, but high in fiber, water, and vitamin C? I’m so glad you asked! With no further ado, the best cauliflower recipes to try out ASAP:
Mock Potato Salad
Like the mashed potato idea you may have heard of but with a summery twist! This recipe for “mock potato salad” is brilliant. There are no potatoes in this salad, but cauliflower instead. Everything else you will recognize from your favorite potato salad recipes: eggs, mayonnaise, celery, mustard, dill. Warm weather friendly!
Cauliflower Tater Tots
There is not a potato in sight in this phenomenally addictive recipe. Only (spoiler alert!) cauliflower! Served as a side dish or even the main course, the recipe calls for not much more than cauliflower, coconut oil, and seasoning. Yum.
Cauliflower Pizza Bites
These little delicacies truly taste like pizza, without any of the guilt. If you love pizza, but also love keeping your calorie content manageable, absolutely try these out. No dough, just cauliflower, cheese, sauce, and veggies!
Cauliflower Mac n’ Cheese
Similarly to the pizza idea, cauliflower replaces noodles in this delicious recipe. I should warn you, though. Absolutely stellar idea, but if you want to healthify it, I would replace heavy cream with nonfat milk, and cream cheese with Greek yogurt.
Yes, cauliflower is a great potato and pasta sub, but there is even more this delicious veggie can do. It can become rice! A healthier rice. Kelly Olexa tweeted this awesome recipe via youtube, and we highly recommend trying it out!
I couldn’t properly end a recipe list without having something very classic to choose from. Some might argue that though cauliflower is easily manipulated to substitute potatoes or pasta, the best way to consume it is with a bit of olive oil and garlic. There is never anything wrong with sticking to the classics.
May 7th, 2014