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25 Creative Ways to Enjoy Cauliflower

By , SparkPeople Blogger
It's naturally high in fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants, choline, calcium, potassium and other essential vitamins and nutrients. Including it in your daily diet could help protect against cancer, improve digestion, boost weight loss and strengthen bones. One cup of it contains only 27 calories, five grams of carbohydrates and virtually no fat.
 
But if you made a list of your top 10 most-craved foods, we'd bet cauliflower doesn't snag a spot. Hey, no judgment here—the cruciferous vegetable doesn't exactly win a lot of produce popularity contests. But if you're not a raving fan, could it be that you just haven't found the right recipe to make the most of this cabbage-like veggie?
 
The next time you find yourself with a head of cauliflower on hand and aren't feeling particularly creative in the kitchen, try one of these inspired ideas.
 
Curried Cauliflower: The perfect combination of spicy, salty and sweet, this veggie is great as a side dish or as a salad topper.


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General Tso's Cauliflower: Healthier than takeout, with just as much delicious flavor.


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Healthy Mashed Cauliflower: Smooth and creamy, this low-carb option is delicious on its own or with your favorite potato toppings.


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Cauliflower Au Gratin
: Topped with a crusty layer of breadcrumbs and cheese, this comforting casserole will have the family looking forward to eating their veggies.


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Keto Cauliflower Ziti
: Enjoy all the flavors of a hearty Italian meal without the carbs. This keto casserole is meaty and cheesy.


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Vegan Cauliflower Tacos With Refried Beans: With a base of refried beans, these tacos are filled with winter vegetables, like Swiss chard and pickled red onions.


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Sticky Garlic Cauliflower
: The next time you're craving Chinese takeout, turn to this satisfying and healthier alternative.


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Mashed Cauliflower
: Try this low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes, flavored with cream cheese, brown butter and sage.


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Greek Cauliflower Rice
: Give cauliflower rice a Mediterranean twist by adding Kalamata olives and feta.


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Chicken Fried (Cauliflower) Rice
: Enjoy all the flavor of takeout without any of the carbs, grains, calories or fat.


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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
: These are the perfect appetizer or snack—and you don’t have to feel guilty for eating the whole plate.


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Vegan Salad Dressing With Cauliflower
: The secret ingredient that gives this dressing its smooth creaminess is pureed cauliflower.


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Cauliflower, Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry
: Serve this healthy curry with naan or rice for a plant-based comfort food meal that you can feel good about.


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Zucchini Cauliflower Fritters
: The perfect healthy snack or side dish, these meat-free fritters require just four core ingredients.


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Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
: Creamy and filled with vegetables, this soup is sure to warm you on a chilly night.


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Tabouli Salad With Rice Cauliflower
: Low-carb and gluten-free, it's bound to be your new favorite, light, all-season salad.


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Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Grain Bowls
: With pumpkin, garlic, bulgur and plenty of herbs, this budget-friendly weeknight dinner is like winter in a bowl.


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Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup
: This fall soup is topped with apples and caramelized onions.


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Cauliflower Pasta
: Made with roasted pumpkin and crunchy, nutty raw cauliflower, this is bound to be your new favorite meatless vegan dinner.


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Baby Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad
: Baby kale and roasted cauliflower are drizzled with a creamy tahini dressing and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds for a beautiful and satisfying salad.


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Cauliflower Gruyere & Thyme Gratin
: There aren't likely to be any leftovers of this consummate comfort food.


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Whole Roasted Cauliflower
: With whipped feta cheese and a zingy herb sauce, this is one of those cauliflower dishes you’ll come back to again and again.


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Creamy Cauliflower Potato Soup
: Simply flavored with rosemary and garlic, it includes blended white beans for added protein and is topped with rye bread croutons.


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Roasted Cauliflower Soup
: This super creamy vegan soup is made with roasted garlic and coconut cream for a comforting weeknight dinner.


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Roasted Cauliflower With Olives and Oregano
: Olives, lemon and oregano add a bright and savory twist to cauliflower in this sheet pan recipe.


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What are your favorite ways to enjoy cauliflower?

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Comments

EVILCECIL 11/30/2018
Always looking for new cauliflower recipes. Report
DEE107 11/30/2018
love cauiiflower added it to my veggie lasagna was so good Report
NASFKAB 11/28/2018
Love all cauliflower dishes so thank you Report
SUSANBEAMON 11/23/2018
All good except mashing cauliflower up and pretending it's mashed potatoes. Report
FITWITHIN 11/20/2018
Love cauliflower Report
PWILLOW1 11/19/2018
For dinner tonight I had a casserole of cauliflower and broccoli mix topped with cream of celery soup and 1/4 c. of crushed cornflakes. I didn't often use cauliflower because my DH does not care for it but have been making it regularly for myself these days. I love it and especially in place of rice Report
CHRISINMIAMI 11/19/2018
I would like to try one of the recipes. Report
SHOAPIE 11/19/2018
Great ideas. Report
PMORENA 11/19/2018
Old Italian favorite is cauliflower with pasta... Delicious ! Report
USMAWIFE 11/19/2018
one of my favorite veggies Report
PLCHAPPELL 11/19/2018
A lot of new things to try Report
SUSANBEAMON 11/13/2018
Cauliflower cooks up easily in the microwave and it comes in colors. Report
PROVERBS31JULIA 11/10/2018
Would rather you include the recipe itself in the article, rather then sending us on all these blogs... I'm sure it's a money-making clickbait thing, but I don't want to have to sign up for a bazillion more blogs. There are a lot of recipes here though, that sound great!! Report
GEORGE815 11/10/2018
Didn't know there was so many ways to eat this. Report
NANAW12001 11/9/2018
Thanks. Report
4CONNIESHEALTH 11/9/2018
I will have to try some of these recipes. I usually just eat the cauliflower plain. Report
CHRIS3874 11/8/2018
thankfully no cauliflower with cheddar cheese sauce Report
ETHELMERZ 11/8/2018
Never ruin perfectly good cauliflower with horrid kale! Report
POETLKNG2LOSE 11/8/2018
Most of these sound very good. I have used cauliflower in place of potatoes for a mock potato salad before and baked it in the oven with cheese. Both recipes were very good! Report
CHERIRIDDELL 11/8/2018
wonderful thank you Report
NANCYPAT1 10/28/2018
I love cauliflower and these recipes take it to a whole new level! Report
NANCYPAT1 10/28/2018
I love cauliflower and these recipes take it to a whole new level! Report
NANCYPAT1 10/28/2018
I love cauliflower and these recipes take it to a whole new level! Report
PWILLOW1 10/17/2018
Thanks I will be trying some new recipes. I love cauliflower rice. I add cauliflower a lot of places where I never thought of using it before. Only one I was not fond of was cauliflower pancakes. I still prefer potatoes for that. Report
CHERYLHURT 10/8/2018
Great Report
AZMOMXTWO 10/8/2018
thank you Report
SUSANBEAMON 10/8/2018
All you have to do to cauliflower is steam it and smash it and add cheese. Report
SUNSET09 10/5/2018
I enjoy cauliflower and yet have not tried all of these varieties and options. Thank you, SparkFriend. Report
MIYAMO 10/4/2018
Excellent suggestions. Report
DLDMIL 10/4/2018
Great ideas Report
BBDELTA 10/3/2018
I made Cauliflower Fried Rice for dinner, and then stumbled across this blog. Several of these look delicious, especially the greek rice. I think I will try that one next. Report
POETLKNG2LOSE 10/3/2018
Love these recipes. They all look good pinning now. Report
AJB121299 10/3/2018
nice Report
AJB121299 10/3/2018
nice Report
2BDYNAMIC 10/3/2018
This blog is amazing! I can't wait to try some of these!
Thank you so much! Report
PICKIE98 10/3/2018
I have a huge head of it in my fridge now,,AuGratin it is! Report
AZMOMXTWO 10/3/2018
thank you Report
AZMOMXTWO 10/3/2018
thank you Report
97MONTY 10/3/2018
Thank Report
LIS193 10/3/2018
Great ideas! Report
CECTARR 10/3/2018
Looks good Report
ATEAMSIS08 10/3/2018
I love cauliflower so thank you for all of the excellent ideas!. Report
AMYRCMK 10/3/2018
Thank you Report
APRILEATSPLANTS 10/3/2018
If you boil or steam cauliflower, you can then put it in a blender with some veggie broth and make a very satisfying substitute for Alfredo sauce. Report
RYCGIRL 10/3/2018
thanks Report
KASEYCOFF 10/3/2018
Thanks for this - great selection of recipes! Report
NEPTUNE1939 10/3/2018
TY Report
AKELAZ 10/3/2018
Some really appealing recipes here - I love cauliflower anyway but a lot of these ideas are new to me. DEF going to try some out. Report
-POOKIE- 10/3/2018
I absolutely love cauliflower. Going to try some. Report
LOSER05 10/1/2018
Yum. Report
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