And I'm not just talking about bland white cauliflower. Sure, you can add some incredible spices to jazz up a tray of roasted cauliflower (one of the best ways to eat it in my humble opinion), but cauliflower can be used in tons of versatile ways. You've probably heard of cauliflower rice by now, but let me open your eyes to a few more vibrant (and delicious) methods of eating this cruciferous powerhouse.
Okay, first why should you eat it?
Cauliflower is low in calories but high in nutrients. Get your daily dose of Vitamin C, and pack in the fiber and potassium with this versatile veggie.
1. The Smoothie Bowl Method.
Okay. You're on board for eating cauliflower. Good. Freeze cauliflower rice or cauliflower pieces and puree it into your favorite smoothie recipe. Start with 1/4 cup, adding up to a cup depending on the recipe/preferred taste.
For this vibrant and nutritious smoothie bowl, simple puree 1 frozen banana, 2 TBSP yumberry powder (or pomegranate powder), 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1/4 cup frozen cauliflower, riced and coconut milk until creamy (about 1/2 cup or until desired texture is reached).
Garnish fresh cauliflower on top for extra nutrition and texture! I prefer the vibrant orange or purple cauliflower for an extra pretty dish.
2. Pizza crust.
Whhatt. Yep, it makes a legit-good crust. The texture isn't the same as "normal" pizza crust, but c'mon it's cauliflower. This recipe serves one, so make your personal pizza, or double it for more:
1 pound cauliflower, cut into florets
3 tablespoons ground chia (divided)
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Roast/bake the cauliflower, then pulse it in a food processor into little squishy pieces. Make a chia egg by mixing 2 TBSP chia with 4 tbsp water (add more if needed). Mash it all together, place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400F for 35ish minutes or until golden and set and baked through. Cover with pizza toppings and bake an additional 5-10 min or so.
3. Cauliflower "Hot Wings"
I came across a version of this with wheat and dairy, so this is my vegan allergen-free version. I can't promise it taste like "real" hot wings, since I've never had those, but these are interesting in a good way and pretty tasty!
1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour
2 tablespoons gluten-free bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup coconut milk mixed with 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar (let curdle)
2 tablespoons hot sauce, such as this sugar-free vegan one
pepper/salt, as desired
Directions: Pre-heat the oven to 450°, Mix the coating ingredients, dip the cauliflower in, place it on an oiled roasting tray and bake for 30 min or until crispy (flipping them halfway to bake evenly).
4. Mashed "Potatoes"
Mashed Cauliflower doesn't sound right, but that's exactly what this recipe is. If you love comfort food, but don't love the heavy feeling and fat bombs, roast and puree cauliflower with nondairy milk, a touch of coconut oil and pepper as needed. SO. GOOD.
5. Cauliflower Hummus.
Again, orange or purple makes a more fun hue, but any cauliflower will do.
(Hint: adding lemon makes the color even more vibrant. Toddlers love it!)
6-8 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup + 1 TBSP avocado oil
1 purple cauliflower, cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons lemon juice
black pepper/sea salt as desired
Roast the garlic and cauliflower, and puree all in a food processor, adding salt and pepper last.
Try these cauliflower crackers dipped into the hummus. Perfection.
Mixture of frozen broccoli and cauliflower, vegan protein powder, banana and almond milk, pureed. SO great.
I'm telling the truth when I saw cauliflower is super versatile. Give these recipes a whirl!