Cauliflower is an incredibly versatile vegetable that more and more cooks are starting to appreciate. The vegetable can absorb and compliment so many different flavors, and it can be cooked to perfection in countless ways. Fried, roasted, or made into soup, there’s no limit to what you can do with a healthy head of cauliflower. From your weekly meal prep to dinner parties, you’ll definitely be reaching for cauliflower soon!

Mashed Cauliflower

If you’re craving mashed potatoes, but you’re watching your carbs, then mashed cauliflower is the answer! This low carb dish has a similar taste and texture to regular mashed potatoes.

Cut cauliflower into chunks and steam until tender, then mash with either butter or oil, add salt and pepper and you’re done! If you’re happy to eat some carbohydrates and you want a dish that’s a little more substantial, you can also mash the cauliflower with one or two steamed potatoes.

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Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

The perfect dish for anyone who thinks they’re too busy to cook. Parmesan roasted cauliflower is quick, easy, and incredibly delicious. The cauliflower is roasted with garlic and onions, and the caramelized flavors add a rich decadence to this simple dish.

To prepare, toss the cauliflower, onions, and garlic with thyme, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and parmesan. Add the ingredients to a baking tray and roast until cauliflower is tender.

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Cauliflower Rice

As Keto becomes more and more popular, many people are searching for fun and inventive ways to substitute the carbohydrate-heavy foods that they regularly enjoy. Both brown and white rice are high in carbohydrates, but cauliflower comes to the rescue as an insanely good alternative. The best part? You can take a basic cauliflower rice recipe and use it in any recipe you can think of. From pilaf to stuffed peppers, this recipe has you covered!

To make cauliflower rice, grate the cauliflower or pulse in a food processor until the vegetable is in rice-sized pieces. Sauté in oil or steam until the rice reaches the desired consistency. You can even enjoy this amazing dish raw!

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Another low carb dish that cauliflower lovers will know is the cauliflower pizza crust. This recipe will be your go-to for days when you need pizza, but don’t really need all those extra calories. Unlike some other recipes, this one takes a little time and extra preparation. The payoff is that you can top this pizza crust with anything and enjoy a guilt-free pizza whenever you want!

To make this pizza crust, steamed cauliflower is drained of any extra water before being blended with eggs, cheese, herbs, and spices. Spread the dough onto a greased baking tray and bake until golden brown. Top with marinara sauce, cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings and enjoy!

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Spiced Cauliflower and Eggplant Stew

Cauliflower is slowly cooked with eggplants and spices to create a warm, nourishing, and aromatic dish. Chickpeas add extra fiber and protein to this comforting dish, making it a complete and wholesome meal on its own. For more bulk, serve over rice for with thick-sliced bread.

Although cauliflower is the main ingredient, the stars of this dish are definitely the spices. Hot Madras curry powder, garam masala, mustard seeds, and onions combine to make this stew bold and flavorful.

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Cauliflower Bolognese

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to want to cut down on how much meat you eat. Whether you’re worried about cholesterol, the environment, or your weight, substituting a meat dish you love for a vegetarian one is easier than you think!

This cauliflower bolognese uses shredded cauliflower as a substitute for ground beef. It might not sound immediately convincing, but grated cauliflower gives this dish the same texture that cooked ground beef provides.

Use a grater or food processor to chop the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces. Follow your favorite bolognese recipe and simply sauté the cauliflower rice before adding the tomatoes. It’s easy, delicious, and healthy!

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Cauliflower Steaks

Let’s not kid ourselves with this one. Cauliflower steak is not a steak, but it is a delicious dish in its own right. Not only are cauliflower steaks incredibly flavorful, but they’re also easy to prepare! There are plenty of recipes out there with many different ingredients, but the classic one requires just three ingredients: thick slices of cauliflower, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt.

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Cauliflower Wings

In many recipes, cauliflower can be a surprising yet unbelievable substitute for meat. Cauliflower wings are an example of just that, and this dish has recently taken the vegan and vegetarian community by storm! These veggie wings are crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, and covered with zesty buffalo sauce.

There are countless recipes out there, and you can choose to either bake or fry these depending on your diet. To prepare this dish, combine flour, water, and spices to make a batter. Dip raw cauliflower pieces in the batter and either bake or fry until crispy. Coat the cooked wings in your favorite hot sauce and dig in! These wings are perfect when served with blue cheese dressing and celery on the side.

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Cauliflower Cheese

This quintessential British dish can be eaten as a main or as a side. The dish is hearty and warming, and it requires very little prep time. To make cauliflower cheese, cut cauliflower into pieces and boil in water until tender.

While the cauliflower is cooking, make the cheese sauce by toasting flour in butter before slowly whisking in milk. Bring the mixture to a boil while continuously whisking in order to avoid lumps. Once the sauce has thickened, turn off the heat and stir in strong cheddar cheese to taste.

Add the cooked cauliflower to the cheese sauce and pour into a glass dish. Top with breadcrumbs and grated cheese and bake until the dish is bubbling.

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup

This creamy cauliflower soup allows the deep flavors of roasted cauliflower to take center stage. This soup is rich and creamy without including any cream! Serve with a chunk of bread or enjoy on its own for a light lunch.

To make the soup, simply roast pieces of cauliflower until caramelized and tender. In a soup pot, sauté onions and garlic in oil. Add the roasted cauliflower and cover with vegetable stock. Bring the mixture to a boil until vegetables are tender and then blend into a cream soup. Squeeze in lemon juice and enjoy! Yes, it’s that easy!

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