You already knew that cauliflower recipes make for tasty, nutritious mashed “potatoes,” but were you aware of its ability to transform into pizza crust, buffalo “chicken,” alfredo sauce and popcorn? Turns out this versatile veggie can satisfy almost any craving.
After chopping the cauliflower into large florets, you put it through the food processor until it resembles small rice and sauté it with the other vegetables, eggs, soy sauce and sesame oil. Get the recipe from Cupcakes and Kale Chips.
Photo: Brianne, CupcakesAndKaleChips.com
In this recipe from 101 Cookbooks, you make your own breadcrumbs from a thin day-old baguette, toss the chopped cauliflower with olive oil, bake the cauliflower and top it with a mixture of breadcrumbs, garlic and red chile pepper. If only this was an option at the local movie theater.
Combine raw cauliflower, processed to the size of couscous, with shredded mozzarella and eggs, and bake, and you’ve got yourself an irresistibly cheesy, low-carb pizza crust! Get the recipe from Your Lighter Side.
Key Ingredient’s “cheese sticks” are made in a similar way as the pizza crust, only these are topped with more cheese and dipped in marinara sauce.
Pin this to your “Party Snacks” Pinterest board immediately. Cauliflower subs for chicken in this healthy take on a traditional comfort food. The florets are battered and baked, then brushed with hot sauce and baked again until crispy. Get the recipe from FitChicLA.net.
Kung Pao "chicken"
Oh yes. Cauliflower can sub for ingredients in Asian-style cuisine, too. Those little florets have no limits. Get the recipe from the Mom, What’s For Dinner? blog.
Cheesy tater tots
If you can make fake mashed potatoes from cauliflower, it only makes sense that you can make cauliflower tater tots, right? These crispy puffs of cheddar and cauliflower from What2Cook are insanely addictive. … You’ve been warned.
Cauliflower alfredo sauce? Why not? This creamy sauce from The Skinny Fork contains cauliflower, fat-free milk, fat-free cream cheese, flour, butter, garlic and a 2%-milk Italian cheese blend. No heavy cream!
Not that chickpeas are unhealthy, but if you’re looking for a new way to switch up your snacks, try this hummus from OhMyVeggies.com that uses cauliflower instead of chickpeas.
Wait, what? Bon Appetit took this a little too far. A) It’s just wrong to try to spin a sliced head of cauliflower as a juicy steak — no matter how you cook it. B) Cauliflower on cauliflower? We love the stuff, but come on, guys! That’s a little much. Anyway, if you have a crazy, out-of-control craving for cauliflower, go nuts with this recipe.
Photo: Lisa Hubbard, Bon Appetit