Oh cauliflower, how I love you so! Hey guys, today we are talking all about cauliflower. Yes, I have been sucked into the abyss of the cauliflower trend, but I don’t care because I like it! I’ll take it anyway I can get it right now, in moderation, of course. I just completed a 30-day, no meat (chicken, beef, turkey) challenge, so I needed to get a bit more creative. I discovered cauliflower a few years ago, but never really did anything with it except put it in a salad. But that is all in the past now baby!
If you are looking to upgrade your cauliflower or veggies in general to the next level, and get more satisfaction out of them check out these five dishes below!
This list was compiled from my experiences with cauliflower at different restaurants and homemade dishes. I was also inspired by Pinterest, my go-to for just about everything.
1. Buffalo Cauliflower
Girl, if you haven’t tried this, you don’t know what you are missing! This is my favorite recipe of all of the ones that I am going to share. I absolutely love this stuff! Crazy thing is, I hated anything buffalo like just a year ago, and now I want to put this shit on everything! LOL If you are craving buffalo chicken, but are vegan or just want don’t want a heavy feeling, this will certainly do it justice.
I have tried to make this at home, and it came out alright, but nothing close to the real thing. I first tried this at California Pizza Kitchen. They don’t have the recipe for this posted online, but I found a pretty close dupe from Pinterest provided by www.thissavoryvegan. Not only is this a great one, but she has a lot of fantastic recipes to try. Check her out!
2. Cauliflower Pizza Crust
When I first heard of this, I was like “Wait, whet? There is no way that could even come close to bread crust.” Well people, I stand corrected! This cauliflower crust can beat a thin crust on any day. It is light and satisfies my bread craving and I’m finding that I actually prefer it over the traditional bread crust. Try it with the mushroom pizza from CPK and tell me if I’m wrong. I haven’t tried to make this yet, but it’s on my list! Princess Pinky Girl at princesspinkygirl.com, shared her recipe on Pinterest, and the best part is that it is gluten-free. She notes that it is the “best cauliflower pizza crust” and I can’t wait to test this theory out!
3. Cauliflower Au Gratin
Who doesn’t love vegetables covered in melted cheese? Yes honey, cauliflower and cheese is the new broccoli and cheese. This is a new favorite of mind because it is so easy to make. There isn’t a recipe I follow with this, but it’s simple. If you know how to make broccoli and cheese, then you can make this. Just replace the broccoli with cauliflower.
Steam the cauliflower until its cooked through, but still has a crunch. Season with salt and pepper, melted butter and cover with your favorite cheese. Bake in the oven in a casserole dish until the cheese is melted.
This is a lighter version than you may have seen. My kids love this and that is all that matters to me! I’m pretty sure your kids will love it too. This takes about 15 minutes to make. I have yet to find a restaurant who offers this, but I haven’t given up the search yet, so I will definitely let you know.
4. Cauliflower Cheddar Soup
Are you getting the theme yet, cheese and cauliflower go great together! So this one is my favorite (they are all my favorites) and it replaced broccoli cheddar soup and baked potato soup for me. This is really good on a cold day by the fireplace. A nice piece of bread accompanies this quite well. Or, if that’s not your jam, multi-grain crackers go perfectly too. Again, I found this on Pinterest and it is by Taste of Home. This recipe is quite easy and tastes like a dream y’all! I can’t praise it enough. Whoever created this recipe, did their thing on this. You can cook it according to the recipe, or in a slow-cooker, which is what I prefer. It will likely knock your socks off and that’s no B.S!
5. Fried or Roasted Cauliflower
This by far is the easiest of all these recipes to make. Just like roasted or fried broccoli or any type of roasted or fried veggie, you’re just switching out the vegetable for the one you want to roast or fry.
For frying you will need a light batter to start with. Season your cauliflower however you like. I use sea salt, pepper and garlic power. You will fry only for 2-3 minutes to cook the batter through. You can use canola oil for this as it is a happy medium between vegetable and olive oil. Of course, you may do this longer, depending on how crispy you want it.
Roasting is slightly different from baking because you are not just cooking it through, like you would if you were baking it. You will be browning it and creating a thin crust and really trying to achieve that roasted flavor.
For roasting, I set my oven to 375 degrees. I line a cookie sheet with foil, (you could also just use cooking spray if you don’t have foil.) I cover the cauliflower in olive oil and then season it, using the same seasonings above. Then I let it roast for 15 minutes.
If you were never a fan of cauliflower, give these recipes a try. I promise it will change your mind about cauliflower. I would highly recommend the buffalo cauliflower to start with as it seems to be the most taste friendly. You can adjust any of these recipes to your vegan lifestyle as needed. If you are a carnivore, just add bacon 🙂
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**The images shown are not my own and are owned by the original creditor. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, sponsored, nor have I received any compensation. I am just sharing the love! Special thanks to: ThisSavoryVegan, PrincessPinkyGirl, EverydayDishes.com and Taste of Home for sharing these fantastic recipes on Pinterest.