Think cauliflower is just a tasteless, boring vegetable? Think again! (Seriously, we're not hamming this up for effect*, it's really tasty!) (*we are)
From cauliflower bread to cauliflower and chocolate cake (yes, it exists) we round up some of the most delicious ways to use this nutritious veg. You’ll never see cauliflower as boring again…
Put it in a chocolate cake
When Katie, who blogs over at Chocolate Covered Katie, made this cake and gave some to her boyfriend, he said it was the best chocolate cake he’d ever tasted.
“Of course, when he said this, he didn’t yet know what was in it,” writes Katie. So what’s in it? Well, cauliflower. Katie says the cake is ‘soft and delicious’, but don’t just take her word for it, get baking!
Make a burger with it
Just take a look at this veggie burger, created by Richa from the blog Vegan Richa. It’s a red lentil and cauliflower burger, with onion rings, pickled jalapeños and a chipotle habanero mayo. Doesn’t it look lovely?
The cauliflower is grated to help form the base of the burgers. The whole recipe and step-by-step photos are on the Vegan Richa blog.
Turn it into cheezy fritters
We all know that cauliflower tastes good with cheese, and Susanna from Divine Healthy Food has created vegan ‘cheezy’ cauliflower fritters. A quick half-hour bake in the oven and they’re ready. Perfect with your favourite chilli sauce sloshed over.
Blitz it into a sauce
This Healthier Carbonara from the blog Leelalicious isn’t exactly what it looks like, because the creamy sauce is made with - yep, you’ve guessed it - cauliflower. Just cook it and whizz it up with some stock and other flavourings and you have a creamy pasta sauce that counts towards one of your five a day. Yay!
Cauliflower mash is great when you fancy a change from potatoes - and Tara Lynn of Simple Tara Lynn has made one with garlic, Parmesan cheese and avocado. Nutritious, light and a lower carb alternative to regular mash, you can also adapt it with your favourite herbs and spices. Cooked, chopped bacon would also be good stirred into it.
More cauliflower fritters for you, but these ones are seasoned with herbs and spices and then topped with a tahini yoghurt dressing and pomegranate seeds. The recipe was put together by Tina, from the Scaling Back Blog and she’s also told us how to make a lovely herb salad to go with it. Beautiful.
Use it instead of pasta
Yep, you can actually make cauliflower lasagne sheets. We have Mike to thank for this, from The Iron You blog. And not only are the lasagne sheets made from cauliflower, the creamy sauce is too. Luscious.
Make a pizza base
Everyone these days is making pizza bases out of veggies. And, as it turns out, cauliflower makes a pretty good, not to mention healthy, pizza base. Bloggers Jo and Sue offer up their cauliflower crust pizza, which they reckon contains just 500 calories, compared to the 800-or so calories in a regular cheese pizza. Definitely one to try.
When you roast cauliflower florets, they turn all toasty and nutty. And so Meike, from the blog Eat In My Kitchen decided to roast them with Parmesan cheese, parsley and onions.The best bit? They only take 15 minutes to cook.
Turn it into bread
If you’re looking for a gluten-free, low-carb, veggie-packed bread recipe then look no further than this Cheesy Cauliflower Bread from Jo Cooks. She’s added her favourite seasonings and topped it with mozzarella cheese before baking until golden and melty.
Roll it into stromboli
So we’ve had cauliflower pizza, then cauliflower bread - so it was only natural that cauliflower stromboli would follow. And for this recipe, we’re back to Mike at The Iron You. He’s wrapped up cheese, ham and tomato sauce around a cauliflower-based crust for a low carb snack. Totally genius. And we want one. Badly.
Whip up a batch of tortillas with it
Finally, we bring you cauliflower tortillas. Because you’ve got to have something to load your pulled pork and salsa onto, yes? These beauties were made by Joshua from Slim Palate and they contain just two main ingredients. Just two.
Do you have any favourite recipes for cooking with cauliflower? Have we missed any? Share them with us in the comments below.