3 Clever Ways to Cook with Cauliflower

July 9, 2014

Cauliflower is the new black of healthy eating.  This white brassica is no longer the lonely steamed floret on the plate but has transformed itself into a versatile and delicious ingredient.  Not only has cauliflower become indispensable to those with special dietary needs but when chopped, pureed, or baked becomes a way to sneak in an additional serving of vegetables to those picky eaters in your family. 

Cauliflower Rice
Recipe from Raisin & Fig

Believe it or not, cauliflower can be a delicious low carb substitute for rice.  To prepare cauliflower "rice," you'll need a food processor to break down the florets into tiny granules.  You can boil the rice but I prefer to bake it because it adds a nutty flavor to the dish.  Feel free to add fresh herbs, nuts, dried fruit, and more to transform your cauliflower rice into something truly unique and delicious.

Cauliflower Cream Sauce
Recipe from Pinch of Yum

A creamy and cheesy sauce is usually something you enjoy every once in awhile, perhaps on a special occasion.  However, with a cauliflower based cream sauce, those dishes can be eaten on the daily.  Toss it with pasta to create a lighter version of fettuccine Alfredo or macaroni and cheese or as the sauce for a broccoli and chicken casserole or lasagna.  

Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Recipe from Cooking Classy

Cauliflower crust allows paleo and gluten-free eaters to add pizza back into their diet.  This thin pizza crust is composed of just cheese, egg and cauliflower.  You can slather this crust with your favorite pizza toppings including fresh tomato sauce, more cheese, and fresh tomatoes and basil.

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