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Last year we had the “Best of Recipes…” this year we highlight our STAR of the SHOW: Cauliflower! In our work of finding meals and menus for all diets, all particularities, all tastes, all restrictions we continually come back to cauliflower to help us through. From the pre-dialysis appropriate and kid friendly Cauliflower Cake, to the wild vegan “Buffalo Cauli-Wings” here’s 10 fav ways to use this versatile, tasty and super nutritious veggie.
#1- Cauli Rice: First discovered by our Paleo ancestors and their food processors (rocks) in their cave houses………. Well okay, so Cauli Rice was my first venture into unconventional ways of using veggies and it is the Paleo diets easy way to create a faux rice. It is especially flavorful sautéed in coconut oil. …can then be turned into Cauli Fried Rice too!
#2- Mashed Cauli: along with the Cauli Rice came Cauli Mash—this can accompany just about any meal where you’d serve mashed potatoes. Especially good if the Cauliflower is roasted first, then pureed. Use it atop a Shepards pie and watch it bake to perfection!
#3- Cauli puree as a creamy soup additive: Kate was searching a way to make a creamy chicken soup without cream or coconut and tried a well pureed cooked Cauliflower—total success!
#4- Curry roasted with cilantro and lemon: Here is where I discovered how Cauliflower is able to hold flavor unlike any other veggie, thanks to my boyfriends Momma. Marinate the florets of cauli in olive oil, curry spice (with extra turmeric, coriander, cumin) and garlic. Roast in a 9x13 at 400 til good and roasty, sprinkle handfuls of chopped cilantro over hot cauli, and squeeze a whole lemon over that! Good luck leaving the side of that yummy lot.
#5- Cauli Tabbouleh: To one up the previous recipe, throw the whole mess in the food processor pulse until rice consistency, chop tomatoes (if in season), cucumber, red pepper and mix with Cauli! Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm, people.
#6- Buffalo Cauli Wings: For those who love this whole buffalo taste thing (still don’t understand why its called that-) but don’t do the meat… these are pretty tasty!
#7- Whole roasted: This seems to be a new old thing, new on the scene but vegetarians been doin’ it since the 90s. I have yet to do it myself, but it seems like all you have to do is throw some olive oil, S & P on a whole trimmed head and roast it ‘til a lovely crusty brown. I love anything that takes 5 minutes of prep.
#8- Cauli steaks: grilled, broiled or pan fried! Seems like fun
#9- Pizza crust: I bet this has to be one of those miracle recipes where you think there’s no possible way it could be and then it performs magic in the oven, on parchment paper.
#10- Good ol’ cheesy cauliflower: Gotta give some credit to a classic dish of this last century… steam it, throw some cheese on it, throw it in the broiler = dinner.