Cauliflower is having its kale moment. (At least according to Forbes.)
The classic cruciferous vegetable, which tends to get overlooked by its brighter, more colorful brothers at the dinner table, is one of our favorite low carb and versatile ingredients. And you don’t have to slather it with ridiculous amounts of blue cheese to make it taste good, either. It’s time to get creative! With the help of health-conscious bloggers from around the web, we rounded up a few cauliflower recipes that will make you rethink your impression of this neutral little veggie. We guarantee your kids won’t ignore them at the dinner table, anymore, either. Promise.
#1 Crispy Cauliflower Tacos with Slaw & Avocado Cream | Blissful Basil
Impress your family with these crunchy corn tortilla tacos (also pictured above), stuffed with purple cabbage slaw and baked cauliflower coated in brown rice flour batter (yum).
This recipe is a fun, gluten-free alternative to heavier, more traditional Taco Tuesday digs, and we love that blogger Blissful Basil incorporated yummy Avocado Cream as a sour cream-alternative. See her full recipe here.
#2 Honey Lime Sriracha Glazed Cauliflower Wings | Cupcakes and Kale Chips
This one’s for everyone who thinks the cauliflower is boring. This recipe for a side-dish, appetizer, or tail-gate food turns the cauliflower into a “hot-wing” style snack that is sweet, spicy, and crunchy. We love the stickiness of this recipe, combined with the fact that you can use the leftover sauce as a dip for other veggies at the table. Check out the full recipe from Blogger Brianne of “Cupcakes and Kale Chips” here.
#3 Cauliflower Tots | Skinnytaste
Here’s a great way to get the kids into cauliflower (maybe without them even knowing it.) These bite-sized cauliflower “tots” are made from eggs, onions, fresh parsley, breadcrumbs, cheddar cheese, and, of course, cauliflower. They’ve got 10 grams of protein per four tots, and make a great side dish or appetizer. Check out the full recipe from blogger Gina of SkinnyTaste here.
#4 Cauliflower Crust Pizza With Corn, Zucchini, & Goat Cheese | Once Upon A Cutting Board
At Freshly, we believe in going gluten-free, because we find that the absence of gluten means a lot of good, healthy things for our bodies: a sharper brain, fewer processed foods in our diets, and more energy. It’s tough though, when we love pizza so much. Enter the cauliflower crust.
Previously, we featured a cauliflower grilled cheese crust from blogger the Iron You. Today, we’d like to introduce a cauliflower crust pizza from Once Upon A Cutting Board. The toppings – corn, zucchini, and basil – are perfect for summer and far from heavy. Pizza without the crash. Check out the full recipe here.
#5 Cauliflower Au Gratin With Crispy Pancetta | Sweet Paul
Okay, so you can slather cauliflower with cheese and it will taste good. We had to add an ode to the classic cauliflower au gratin, so with no further ado, here is a recipe with crispy pancetta (mmm) from the magazine/food site, Sweet Paul. Thanks Paul.
#6 Seasoned Cauliflower Rice | Freshly
Okay, so this one’s not technically a recipe (you caught us.) But we’re so excited about the cauliflower rice our chefs have used in our dishes that we had to share. If you’re too tired to cook, but hungry for the cauli now, check out this sauteed cauliflower rice for our Jamaican-Style Jerk Chicken dish. We’d bet our bottom dollars that it tastes better than any other rice out there. Try it off our menu here.