Given its mild flavor, cauliflower has a wonderful way of being transformed into a countless array of dishes. That's why having a bag of frozen cauliflower on hand at all times is smart — when you're stumped on what to make, those florets will have your back. Here are 10 ways we love to turn them into a satisfying meal.
1. Roast it for tacos.
2. Simmer it in a creamy sauce.
While braising frozen cauliflower florets in milk may sound a bit odd, trust us on this one. The results are creamy (without being too rich), and wonderful served over couscous, rice, or orzo pasta.
3. Make a quick stir-fry.
Since cauliflower is one of the heartier vegetables, it can really stand on its own in a vegetarian stir-fry. Combine it with flavorful ingredients like ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil, then serve it over fluffy rice.
4. Blend it into soup.
Toss frozen cauliflower florets into a simmering pot of broth and they'll defrost and soften quite quickly. Then just purée everything for a light and creamy soup.
5. Turn it into fritters.
Boil frozen cauliflower for a few minutes until it's tender, then finely chop it and combine it with an egg, cheese, and flour before pan-frying the mixture into crunchy fritters.
6. Pan-roast it and add it to pasta.
Crispy cauliflower florets add bulk and nutrition to just about any pasta dish. Just pan-roast the florets in the skillet you're building your sauce in and then toss the cooked noodles right in.
7. Whirl it into smoothies.
Frozen cauliflower is one secret to turning a smoothie into a satisfying meal. Toss a handful in straight from the freezer and not only will it thicken your smoothie, but it will also add fiber and creaminess, without any added sugar or dairy.
8. Turn it into a lighter mac and cheese.
Replace the cream or milk that's usually found in gooey mac and cheese with puréed cauliflower and you've got a lighter version you can feel good about serving your family.
9. Bake it into a casserole.
Boil or microwave frozen cauliflower, add it to a mixture of crumbled sausage and tomatoes, pile the mess into a dish, and bake with lots of breadcrumbs and cheese. It's a simple casserole that's more wholesome than most.