Cauliflower. There was a time when kids (and let’s face it, adults) probably left this cruciferous veggie as the last lonely choice on the crudite plate at parties.
Or pushed it around lazily on dinner plates. We don’t blame ‘em – cauliflower isn’t the brightest of veggies out there, and it’s often overshadowed by the more, ahem, popular members of its family, like broccoli and bok chop. Well, not anymore.
Cauliflower is finally having its kale moment, recognized for being loaded with solid nutrients, and being incredibly adaptable as a gluten-free, low-carb alternative ingredient. See that picture above? That’s a cauliflower crust pizza, and it’s not as hard to make as you might think. Thanks to its cauliflower crust, this pizza won’t make you bloated, tired, or heavy. It’ll keep you full, light, and energized. Here’s our top two reasons why cauliflower should be your pantry staple, too.
There are more ways to use cauliflower than dousing it in blue cheese and calling it a day! Google “cauliflower recipes” and you’re bound to see some of the most creative uses of this veggie out there. Cauliflower makes a great substitute for gluten-filled ingredients. We personally love turning cauliflower into rice as a substitute for traditional grains. You can make bread, pizza crust, and even pasta out of cauliflower. Ever heard of cauliflower mac and cheese? Cauliflower buffalo bites? Cauliflower popcorn? Hummus? Muffins? Mashed potatoes? Soup? Wishing we’d stop now? The reason cauliflower works so well is because it can take on different flavors and consistencies like a champ. (You can learn more about how to turn cauliflower into easy tacos, pizza, rice, or a unique side in our Top 6 Creative Cauliflower Recipes here.)
Unlike some other artificially-produced, gluten-free alternatives out there, cauliflower is a naturally gluten-free, non-starchy, lower-carb veggie that also contains tons of healthy nutrients:
- Vitamin C ( for a healthy immune system)
- Vitamin K (for strong bones)
- Folate (for a healthy heart and cholesterol levels)
- Dietary fiber (for smooth digestion)
- Omega-3 fatty acids (for brain function)
- B-vitamins (for building and repairing cells)
- Biotin (for healthy hair, skin, and nails)
Need we say more?