20 Ways to Eat More Cauliflower

20 Ways to Eat More Cauliflower

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Sheela Prakash
Nov 3, 2016

The beauty of cauliflower is its versatility. It's a blank canvas for spices and can be used in a number of surprising ways, which makes getting more of it into your diet easy. Mash it into a creamy side dish, blitz it into grains of "rice," or even braise it in milk for a comforting main course.

That's just the start — here are 20 ingenious ways to eat more cauliflower.

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1. Buffalo Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps

Looking for a new snack for game day? These Buffalo wing-inspired wraps may be more wholesome than the classic, but they're no less satisfying thanks to the sprinkle of crunchy celery and tangy blue cheese.

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2. Purple Cauliflower Hummus

Sure, regular white cauliflower will work just fine for this recipe, but if you can get your hands of the purple variety you'll be rewarded with one striking appetizer.

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3. Upside-Down Chicken Curry Bowl

Roasted cauliflower tossed with curry powder and lemon juice adds extra bulk to this already-hefty, dinner-worthy chicken, lentil, and vegetable bowl.

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4. Whipped Cauliflower with Crème Fraîche

You'll forget all about mashed potatoes once you've tasted this low-carb alternative that's made extra light and creamy, thanks to tangy crème fraîche.

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5. Mediterranean Cauliflower Couscous Salad

Here raw cauliflower florets are blitzed into tiny, couscous-like pieces to create the base for a vegetable-packed, grain-free salad.

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6. Orzo Salad with Roasted Cauliflower, Pine Nuts, and Parsley

Roast the cauliflower while you wait for the pasta water to boil and by the time the orzo is cooked, the florets will be perfectly golden and caramelized.

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7. Garlic & Sour Cream Mashed Cauliflower

Cook up some frozen cauliflower in the microwave, mash it with plenty of minced garlic and tangy sour cream, and you got a crowd-pleasing side dish that took no more than five minutes to make.

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8. Vegan Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

Puréed cauliflower already makes this soup creamy, but it's the coconut milk that gives it that extra-velvety, luscious texture.

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9. Cauliflower Fritters with Mint & Pea Spread

Chickpea flour helps keep these fritters together, while also making them gluten-free. Try any leftover fritters stuffed into pita for a sandwich, or topped with a fried egg for breakfast.

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10. Cauliflower Cake

Serve thick slices of this savory cake — spiced with turmeric and full of grated Parmesan — alongside a simple green salad and you've got dinner.

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11. Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric, and Cumin

Toss a can of drained chickpeas on the sheet pan while you're roasting the cauliflower steaks to give this wholesome dinner a protein boost.

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12. Cauliflower and Mushroom Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

This quirky breakfast casserole is a fun way to use frozen tater tots. It's cheesy and rich, while the roasted cauliflower and mushrooms make it feel and taste wholesome.

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13. Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry

This Chinese stir-fry makes a great vegetarian main dish, thanks to the meaty cauliflower. Serve it over cooked rice and you've got a spicy and satisfying dinner.

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14. Pan-Roasted Cauliflower & Pasta with Tomato-Cream Sauce

Fire-roasted tomatoes lend a great smoky flavor to this pasta dish that's made just a little indulgent with ribbons of prosciutto and a splash of heavy cream.

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15. Creamy Braised Cauliflower with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This surprising recipe calls for cauliflower florets to be braised in milk, which makes them ridiculously tender while the liquid reduces into a creamy sauce.

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16. Pasta with Cauliflower, Sausage & Breadcrumbs

Don't skip the breadcrumbs on this pasta — they add just a touch of crunch that makes it feel extra special, even though the dish is ridiculously easy to make.

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17. Fried Cauliflower Rice

This deceptive dish might just have you thinking you're eating regular rice, but in fact the "grains" are nothing but cauliflower florets that have been blitzed in a food processor until crumbly.

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18. Grilled Chipotle-Lime Cauliflower Steaks

If you can't grill these cauliflower steaks outside for whatever reason, they are equally as good cooked inside on a grill pan or even roasted on a sheet pan in the oven.

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19. Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice with Kalua Pork

Cauliflower rice strikes again in this hearty fried rice dish that's bulked up with smoky Hawaiian pork.

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20. Cauliflower & Chicken Sausage Casserole

This simple vegetable and sausage casserole is perfect for a cool evening when you want something satisfying, but don't want it to weigh you down. Crusty bread is recommended to swipe up any sauce remaining in your bowl.

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