If there’s anything I’ve learned in recent years, it’s that cauliflower is a true chameleon in the kitchen.
From pizza crust to “macaroni” and cheese, buffalo “wings” and cheesy tots, it seems like there’s nothing cauliflower can’t do. I’ve even had some cauliflower grits — and that’s coming from a Southerner who has been eating grits her whole life.
The key to cauliflower’s magical powers? It’s that mild, somewhat sweet flavor that pairs well with just about anything. On top of that, the texture of this vegetable lends itself to a countless array of cooking methods, giving it the ability to substitute for more carbs than you can count.
So, let’s take a look at some of the many ways you can prepare cauliflower, and make it the star it deserves to be!
These cheesy nuggets are made with — you guessed it — cauliflower! Whether or not these breaded tots are healthy, I’m not sure. But I do know it’s a fun twist on a classic tot, and they’re so tasty that you won’t be able to stop eating them.
I don’t know what carb-hating cook woke up one day and realized that cauliflower could substitute for literally anything, but I wish I could thank them for it. Why? Because I can feel less guilty about smashing a whole pizza when the crust is made of cauliflower.
Cauliflower doesn’t always have to masquerade around as something else. Sometimes, it’s best to just enjoy the vegetable for what it is, like in these roasted cauliflower tacos. Not only are they packed with flavor, but they’re also healthy and simple to make.
This one is for all my vegetarian friends out there. If you’re craving a little kick, these cauliflower wings are bringing the buffalo heat. Serve them up alongside the traditional fixins: celery and blue cheese to dip ‘em in.
I’m not going to try and pretend that cauliflower “mac” and cheese is better than the real thing, but it does offer all the cheesy, melty goodness that you crave from the carb-heavy dish. If you’re looking for a low-carb or gluten-free dish for dinner, this should definitely be at the top of your list.