I’m relatively new to the cauliflower craze. It seems to go along with the ever-prolific Paleo diet, which I don’t know much about otherwise. Whether part of a craze or not, it’s a great substitute for potatoes, rice, pasta, pizza crust, and even as a dish on its own.
My favorite way to eat cauliflower? Roasted at 400 degrees F with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Doesn’t get much easier than that!
Now, I was always taught to eat my colors, so consuming lots of white doesn’t exactly jibe with this school of thought. If you, too, have resisted based on this teaching alone, let’s revisit the topic. Cauliflower is particularly rich in vitamin C, but packs healthy doses of vitamins K, B6 — as well as folate, choline, and omega-3s — all while being low in calories (a cooked cup contains just 29!). (Source)
Here are 20 delicious recipes that will get you jumping on the cauliflower bandwagon!
- Creamy Cauliflower Mac ‘n Cheese via Runner’s World
- Skinny Cauliflower Clam Chowder via The Cabin Garden
- Cauliflower “Nachos” with Cheddar Sauce via Busy in Brooklyn
- Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Naan Pizza via Food Babbles
- Basic Cauliflower Rice via Tastes of Lizzy T’s
- Cauliflower Cous Cous Cucumber Rolls via Tales of a Kitchen
- Beer Battered Cauliflower via Olives for Dinner
- Cauliflower Crust Calzone via The Iron You
- Spicey Buffalo Cauliflower via Serenity in the Storm
- Vegan Shepherd’s Pie w/ Cauliflower Puree via Le Petit Chef
- Coconut Curry Cauliflower Soup via Cookie and Kate
- Cauliflower + Broccoli Masala Pie via Vegan Richa
- Baked Cauliflower + Sweet Potato Samosas via (never)homemaker
- Cheesy Cauliflower Fritters via A Tasty Love Story
- Cauliflower Crust Pizza via Domesticate ME
- Roasted Cauliflower Tacos via Tali’s Tomatoes
- Fried Cauliflower Sandwich via Crunchy Gooey
- Cauliflower “Potato” Salad via Healthy Recipes
- Roasted Cauliflower Grilled Cheese via A Little Bit Crunchy
- Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce via Veggie on a Penny
If you read through these recipes carefully, you’ll see how creative both professional and home cooks have become with this particular cruciferous vegetable. And for good reason! A lot of the substitutions are for foods (white flour crust, for example) that add excess calories without much nutrition to our daily intake. So, diet-conscious runners might consider a few swaps here or there and see their shorts size go down before too long.
What’s your favorite way to eat cauliflower?