1.Rice (Duh!) – I’m going to safely say that 95% of you have had cauliflower rice before, and if you haven’t you’re missing OUT! Easy as pie to make – throw some broken up florets in a food processor and pulse until it resembles rice. To steam the rice you can heat it in the microwave for approximately 3 minutes – or if you have some more time on your hands sauté in a pan with some veggies and spices and make a low- carb fried rice!
2. Steak – For all you vegans out there – cauliflower is the best vegetable in my opinion to treat like a steak. You can slice it vertically in ½ “ slices and roast in the oven on 400°. Smother it in your favorite steak sauce or chimichurri and whip out your steak knife!
3. Creamy Thickener – Struggling to get your kids to eat veggies? Cauliflower is one of the easiest vegetables to sneak into food, I mean, this magical vegetable is WHITE. Next time you’re making mac and cheese try boiling some cauliflower in a little chicken or veggie stock and pureeing everything together. Add whatever garlic/ spices you like and stir in with some brown rice elbow pasta. Add some nutritional yeast for that “cheesy” flavor (vegan option), or mix it in with some of the real stuff!
4. Smoothies – believe it or not, cauliflower is great in smoothies! I like to keep it in the freezer along with my frozen bananas for some easy grab-n-go smoothie fuel. If you’re like me and have trouble digesting raw vegetables, make sure to pre-steam it before you put it in the freezer, this makes it a lot easier to digest. You can actually use this in place of banana for that thick smoothie feel without all of the sugar. To make sure you don’t feel like you’re slurping down pureed cauliflower, try balancing out the flavor with some sweet spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, you won’t even know its in there!
5. Dipping vehicle – Dipping delicious things in other delicious things is the greatest invention! Whether its chips and guac, French fries and ketchup, these beautiful relationships just rock, but let’s be real, aren’t that great for the waistline. I love roasting some cauliflower florets and dipping in anything and everything – hummus, pesto, tzatziki, you name it, it tastes good! Spread your pieces of cauliflower on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, salt & pepper and roast on 400°F for around 30 minutes or until golden.
6. Mash – If you are watching your waistline, cauliflower mash vs the traditional potato is the way to go. A single serving of boiled potatoes is 134 calories while cauliflower is only 28. Potatoes also have 26g of carbs per cup while cauliflower only has 5g! I love to make a mixed mash of cauliflower and celery root. To make: roughly chop the cauliflower, peel and chop the celery root. Boil together until soft and add to a high powered blender for a creamy consistency. I like to throw in some roasted garlic with a little salt & pepper to add some flavor.
What are your favorite ways to prepare cauliflower? Share in the comments below!