I’ve always enjoyed cauliflower – usually raw with honey mustard, or blended into a velvety soup. But I recently discovered a bunch of creative ways to use the veggie.
It all started because I love chicken satay and rice (usually the chicken is skewered and comes with peanut sauce). However, I have type-2 diabetes and should limit the amount of white rice I consume. After some brainstorming, it occurred to me that I might be able to substitute cauliflower for rice. After a quick Google, I discovered that cauliflower rice is already a ‘thing’ and that there are lots of recipes and cooking techniques out there.
Needless to say I tried it and topped it with my sautéed chicken and peanut sauce and it was heaven! Not to mention sooo much better for me.
I have since discovered that cauliflower can be used in place of a lot of foods that aren’t very good for me (or lots of people, for that matter). Check these out…
- Cauliflower “rice”
- Mashed cauliflower
- Cauliflower sauces
- Cauliflower sauces
I have gathered the following healthy, delicious recipes from around the internet.
To make cauliflower rice, finely chop raw cauliflower (I use my Magic Bullet blender), and lightly steam, sauté or bake in the oven. Then top with any meat/sauce combos that are normally served over rice.
The recipe I used is here: http://www.everydaymaven.com/2013/how-to-make-cauliflower-rice
To make “faux” mashed potatoes, boil chopped cauliflower until it is fork tender. Add cream cheese (or not) and mash with a potato masher. Top with butter, salt and pepper.
The recipe I used is here: http://www.inspiredtaste.net/19731/simple-creamy-mashed-cauliflower-recipe/
If you puree steamed or boiled cauliflower, you end up with a creamy sauce-like consistency. It can be used to health-ify a variety of standard sauces including:
- Alfredo. This creamy sauce sounds absolutely yummy: http://pinchofyum.com/creamy-cauliflower-sauce
- Mornay. Use the creamy cauliflower sauce recipe and add parmesan or gruyere cheese.
- Béchamel. This sauce sounds super healthy. http://plantinfusions.blogspot.com/2012/08/cauliflower-bechamel.html
- Hollandaise. Try this vegan “Caullandaise” sauce! http://cadryskitchen.com/2012/06/01/tofu-benedict-with-caullandaise/
There are many, many more mouth-watering cauliflower recipes on the web. Try searching for cauliflower gnocchi, cauliflower steak or cauliflower ice cream!