25 Creative Ways to Enjoy Cauliflower

By , SparkPeople Blogger
It's naturally high in fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants, choline, calcium, potassium and other essential vitamins and nutrients. Including it in your daily diet could help protect against cancer, improve digestion, boost weight loss and strengthen bones. One cup of it contains only 27 calories, five grams of carbohydrates and virtually no fat.
 
But if you made a list of your top 10 most-craved foods, we'd bet cauliflower doesn't snag a spot. Hey, no judgment here—the cruciferous vegetable doesn't exactly win a lot of produce popularity contests. But if you're not a raving fan, could it be that you just haven't found the right recipe to make the most of this cabbage-like veggie?
 
The next time you find yourself with a head of cauliflower on hand and aren't feeling particularly creative in the kitchen, try one of these inspired ideas.
 
Curried Cauliflower: The perfect combination of spicy, salty and sweet, this veggie is great as a side dish or as a salad topper.


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General Tso's Cauliflower: Healthier than takeout, with just as much delicious flavor.


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Healthy Mashed Cauliflower: Smooth and creamy, this low-carb option is delicious on its own or with your favorite potato toppings.


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Cauliflower Au Gratin
: Topped with a crusty layer of breadcrumbs and cheese, this comforting casserole will have the family looking forward to eating their veggies.


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Keto Cauliflower Ziti
: Enjoy all the flavors of a hearty Italian meal without the carbs. This keto casserole is meaty and cheesy.


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Vegan Cauliflower Tacos With Refried Beans: With a base of refried beans, these tacos are filled with winter vegetables, like Swiss chard and pickled red onions.


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Sticky Garlic Cauliflower
: The next time you're craving Chinese takeout, turn to this satisfying and healthier alternative.


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Mashed Cauliflower
: Try this low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes, flavored with cream cheese, brown butter and sage.


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Greek Cauliflower Rice
: Give cauliflower rice a Mediterranean twist by adding Kalamata olives and feta.


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Chicken Fried (Cauliflower) Rice
: Enjoy all the flavor of takeout without any of the carbs, grains, calories or fat.


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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
: These are the perfect appetizer or snack—and you don’t have to feel guilty for eating the whole plate.


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Vegan Salad Dressing With Cauliflower
: The secret ingredient that gives this dressing its smooth creaminess is pureed cauliflower.


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Cauliflower, Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry
: Serve this healthy curry with naan or rice for a plant-based comfort food meal that you can feel good about.


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Zucchini Cauliflower Fritters
: The perfect healthy snack or side dish, these meat-free fritters require just four core ingredients.


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Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
: Creamy and filled with vegetables, this soup is sure to warm you on a chilly night.


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Tabouli Salad With Rice Cauliflower
: Low-carb and gluten-free, it's bound to be your new favorite, light, all-season salad.


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Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Grain Bowls
: With pumpkin, garlic, bulgur and plenty of herbs, this budget-friendly weeknight dinner is like winter in a bowl.


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Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup
: This fall soup is topped with apples and caramelized onions.


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Cauliflower Pasta
: Made with roasted pumpkin and crunchy, nutty raw cauliflower, this is bound to be your new favorite meatless vegan dinner.


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Baby Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad
: Baby kale and roasted cauliflower are drizzled with a creamy tahini dressing and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds for a beautiful and satisfying salad.


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Cauliflower Gruyere & Thyme Gratin
: There aren't likely to be any leftovers of this consummate comfort food.


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Whole Roasted Cauliflower
: With whipped feta cheese and a zingy herb sauce, this is one of those cauliflower dishes you’ll come back to again and again.


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Creamy Cauliflower Potato Soup
: Simply flavored with rosemary and garlic, it includes blended white beans for added protein and is topped with rye bread croutons.


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Roasted Cauliflower Soup
: This super creamy vegan soup is made with roasted garlic and coconut cream for a comforting weeknight dinner.


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Roasted Cauliflower With Olives and Oregano
: Olives, lemon and oregano add a bright and savory twist to cauliflower in this sheet pan recipe.


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What are your favorite ways to enjoy cauliflower?

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GETULLY 6/8/2020
Good ones all! Report
ALEPEQUIJADA 6/8/2020
Thanks! Report
EMGERBER 6/8/2020
So many great ways to eat cauliflower. Report
RAPUNZEL53 6/8/2020
Love cauliflower in all forms including raw Report
GRANNYOF05 3/28/2020
Thanks. They all look delicious Report
ROSSYFLOSSY 3/19/2020
Great suggestions. Report
JERSEYGIRL24 2/19/2020
I recently had cauliflower parmesan in a restaurant. Kind of like eggplant parm, but using a cauliflower steak. Soooo good. Report
FISHGUT3 2/15/2020
thanks Report
PREMAMEHROTRA 12/21/2019
Cauliflower, although a very versatile dish, is not favoured by most. With these many suggestions, I am sure I can find a few that everyone will like! Report
SHOAPIE 12/20/2019
Some really great ideas. Report
JIACOLO 12/20/2019
I love using cauliflower in different ways Report
CHRISINMIAMI 12/20/2019
Wow! Thanks! Report
HOTPINKCAMARO49 12/19/2019
Great recipes! Report
CAROLSYLVIA 12/19/2019
I’m not a big cauliflower fan, but I did make cauliflower fried “rice” and it was very good. These recipes look so gorgeous, I just might need to try some of them.
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NEPTUNE1939 12/19/2019
ty Report
DEE107 11/23/2019
thanks Report
USMAWIFE 11/22/2019
Great recipes Report
USMAWIFE 11/22/2019
Great recipes Report
ONLYME33 11/20/2019
So many recipes Awesome-FYI don't have to 'clickbait' every recipe here @ SP; just google OR yahoo the name of a recipe you want to check out- Report
AQUAGIRL08 11/19/2019
Thank you for all of the yummy ideas! Report
EO4WELLNESS 11/19/2019
neat article. i love these types of articles so full of wonderful links--likely if something doesn't work for me, there is something else which will Report
SHOAPIE 11/19/2019
Yum! Report
SPINECCO 11/19/2019
Thanks. Report
ICECUB 11/19/2019
THANKS Report
PIZZA5152 11/19/2019
My favourite vegetable so i will try many of these Report
PLCHAPPELL 11/19/2019
Many new ways to try it Report
LESSOFMOORE 11/1/2019
I had my first cauliflower crust pizza this week. Report
I love stir fried cauliflower rice with garlic and parsley! Report
LIDDY09
Thanks Report
I love all the creative ways to enjoy cauliflower! Report
Great ways to use cauliflower! Report
WOW! Who knew there were SO many wonderful options!!!!! THX! Report
HOTPINKCAMARO49
Yummy recipes! Report
Thanks Report
Great ideas to change it up Report
I'm learning to enjoy this veggie in so many different recipes yum. Report
thank you for sharing..
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Good to know Report
Good to know Report
great pictures -makes me want to cook the cauliflower! Report
Always looking for new cauliflower recipes. Report
love cauiiflower added it to my veggie lasagna was so good Report
NASFKAB
Love all cauliflower dishes so thank you Report
All good except mashing cauliflower up and pretending it's mashed potatoes. Report
Love cauliflower Report
For dinner tonight I had a casserole of cauliflower and broccoli mix topped with cream of celery soup and 1/4 c. of crushed cornflakes. I didn't often use cauliflower because my DH does not care for it but have been making it regularly for myself these days. I love it and especially in place of rice Report
I would like to try one of the recipes. Report
Great ideas. Report