Cauliflower Can Do What?

by in Healthy Recipes, November 4, 2013

cauliflower
You’ve had it roasted, sure, or maybe you’ve whipped it into soup. But cauliflower turns out to be capable of more–much more. The pale cousin of broccoli has some impressive hidden talents. Here are five surprising things you can do with cauliflower.

cauliflower steak Make it into Steak
It’s a vegetable! It’s a steak! It’s cauliflower steak. Cut a head of cauliflower into 1-inch-thick slices, brown on both sides in a skillet, and then roast to perfection in the oven. Serve the veggie showpiece with a savory-sweet relish made with roasted peppers and golden raisins.

 

fettuccine alfredoUse it to Make Guilt-Free Fettuccine Alfredo
Cauliflower is the secret ingredient to this creamy pasta dish that’s lower in calories than the classic version. Cook the cauliflower, blend it into a puree–and then use it to build a delicious alfredo sauce that doesn’t rely on the usual gobs of butter and cream.

 

shepherd's pieMix it with Delicious Mashed Potatoes
Mild cauliflower is a natural match for potatoes. Mash the two vegetables together, throw in some scallions and turn the whole mix into a comforting topping for a healthy shepherd’s pie made with lean beef. Give the dish a turn under the broiler so the topping turns golden-brown.

 

tabbouliTurn it into Tabouli!
If you’re looking for a wheat-free version of this Middle Eastern classic, trade the conventional bulgur for grated cauliflower, and then toss with lots of parsley, tomato and scallion. (Mm-mm.)

 

 

mac and cheeseSay Hello to Healthier Mac and Cheese
Eating mac and cheese is practically virtuous when each helping comes with 2/3 cup of cauliflower. Cook the veggie until tender and blend with a melted mix of muenster, cheddar and Parmesan–the cauliflower will become part of the cheesy goodness you toss with the noodles.


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  1. [...] You’ve had it roasted, sure, or maybe you’ve whipped it into soup. But cauliflower turns out to be capable of more–much more. The pale cousin of broccoli has some impressive hidden talents. Here are five surprising things you can do with cauliflower. Make it into Steak It’s a vegetable! It’s a steak! It’s cauliflower steak. CutRead more » [...]

  2. Barbara says:

    I like my cauliflower covered in mushroom soup. I used to make it with regular soup but now use the low sodium and healthy choice and it tastes great!

  3. [...] Cauliflower is the Next Kale Cauliflower is taking a page from the kale playbook and stepping up its game. As with its leafy green buddy, culinary enthusiasts are finding new and exciting ways to use the nutrient-dense veggie. [...]

  4. [...] Cauliflower is the Next KaleCauliflower is taking a page from the kale playbook and stepping up its game. As with its leafy green buddy, culinary enthusiasts are finding new and exciting ways to use the nutrient-dense veggie. [...]

  5. Cinnia says:

    It can also be processed slightly in the food processor so that it becomes "rice" and then cooked in stir-fries and even rice pudding!
    Also, cooked and processed cauliflower, squeezed to remove most of its liquid, can be used as the base for a grain-free pizza crust when mixed with other ingredients like cheese, flax meal or eggs.

  6. [...] ways to use the nutrient-dense veggie. Here is a fabulous Recipe for Cauliflower Soup. And here are 5 unexpected ways to get the most out of [...]

  7. [...] Cauliflower is the Next Kale Cauliflower is taking a page from the kale playbook and stepping up its game. As with its leafy green buddy, culinary enthusiasts are finding new and exciting ways to use the nutrient-dense veggie. [...]

  8. David says:

    I caught Robin's show today. She used the "rice" method to make a bread. Great idea! Enjoyed the whole show!

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