You’ll probably remember several years ago when kale – this crazy green vegetable that you’d never heard of before – was all of a sudden everywhere. At the grocery store, everywhere on the internet, in your smoothies, at every trendy restaurant, cooked, raw, even on your pizza! But move over kale, there is a new hot brassica in town… cauliflower! Unlike distinctive kale that becomes the centerpiece of any dish it graces, cauliflower is a blank canvas, ready to become literally anything! It can stand in for meat, carbs, dairy, and more. Not to mention being delicious all on its own.
Cauliflower As Meat
While you may never convince a committed carnivore that cauliflower is an acceptable stand in for steak, everyone else is sure to RAVE about these!
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichirri adapted from Livin the Crunchy Life Blog
“Fried” in the Oven Cauliflower inspired by Heathly Nibbles and Bits Blog
Cauliflower as Carbs
As we all work on being just a little bit healthier, carbs are often one of the first foods we work to eliminate. Spurred on by people on the Paleo diet looking for ways to find grain substitutes, there are a plethora of ways to use cauliflower to round out a meal instead of turning to your usual carbs.
Paleo Pizza Crust adapted from Nutrition Stripped Blog
Cauliflower Rice adapted from Elana’s Pantry
Cauliflower as Dairy
Cauliflower is a great way to bulk up a cream sauce or chowder instead of adding large amounts of milk or cream. Its subtle flavor picks up the flavors of the soup or sauce and you’ll never miss that extra cream.
Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce adapted from Pop Sugar
Creamy Quinoa and Cauliflower Chowder (GF) adapted from Foodie Crush
For more ways to join in the cauliflower revolution check out our Cauliflower is the New Kale recipe collection.