8 foods to make with cauliflower, from mac and cheese to bagels

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8 foods to make with cauliflower, from mac and cheese to bagels


8 foods to make with cauliflower, from mac and cheese to bagels

Cauliflower is having a moment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service estimates that per capita consumption was up 38% year over year in 2017, when Time Magazine dubbed it “the new kale.” But unlike the trendy leafy green, cauliflower’s uptick in consumption is being driven primarily by sneak attacks in which it masquerades as a different food entirely. From rice to pizza crust, here are all the newfangled ways we’re consuming this versatile vegetable.

Cauliflower rice

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What today's #notatmydesklunch lacks it color, it makes up for in flavor. Did a take on some cauliflower rice fried rice with @vitalfarms pastured eggs, @pasturebird pastured ground chicken, broccoli sprouts, carrots, and @farmhouseculture California kimchi. . Whenever I remake this dish, I want to add in some bok choy or some other greens for more veggies. Not only will it look more appealing, it will also be packed with more veggies and nutrients. I'm always seeing a meal as an experiment, a thing to try and tweak for the next time. . Shifting my mind to think on how I could play with the flavors or tastes makes cooking a less than tasty or less than grammable dish way easier to enjoy. Make it as tasty as you can, learn, and keep cooking. The more you play, the more you discover. . What did you make today for your #notatmydesklunch? Tag me @small_eats and use the #notatmydesklunch to share! . . . . #lunch #cauliflowerrice #farmhouseculture #kimchi #pasturebird #crowdcow #eggtastic #vitalfarms #mealprep #mealpreponfleek #glutenfree #grainfree #paleo #primal #fitfood #gffmag #whole30 #21DSD #keto

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A cup of cauliflower rice contains a mere 25 calories, compared to the 215 present in a cup of the old-fashioned stuff. And when it comes to carbs, cauliflower rice’s 5g puts regular rice’s 46g to shame. So it’s no wonder that some Trader Joe’s grocery stores have had to limit customers to two bags of the stuff per visit. Lucky for us though, making your own couldn’t be easier. Simply pulse a head of cauliflower in a food processor or run it over a cheese grater, and then sauté the “riced” pieces for 5 to 8 minutes.

Cauliflower chips

Another cauliflower treatment you could practically make in your sleep, chips are made by slicing florets into relatively thin slivers and then roasting in the oven with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper until crispy. If you’re too lazy to make your own, plenty of grocery stores now sell bags of pre-made cauliflower chips right next to their potato- and corn-based cousins.

Cauliflower pizza crust

The internet is pretty much just a catch-all for hundreds and hundreds of cauliflower pizza crust recipes at this point. Seriously, try Googling it. If you’re more of a semi-homemade kind of person, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods sell a pre-made crust you can add your own toppings to. Or if you’re feeling decadent, California Pizza Kitchen restaurants now offer their pizzas on a cauliflower crust option.

Buffalo cauliflower “wings”

These lighter-than-chicken wings pack just as much spicy satisfaction with a fraction of the calories and fat. Even highbrow culinary mag Bon Appetit raved, “The cauliflower tastes so much like boneless chicken wings, it’s unreal.” Check Yelp or Foursquare for what I guarantee are multiple restaurants nearby that have a variation of them on the menu, or pick up a box of these frozen “wings” at Whole Foods.

Mashed cauliflower

If your Thanksgiving table wasn’t invaded last year with mashed cauliflower, chances are someone in your family will try sneaking them in come November. A serving of a typical mashed cauliflower recipe, with all the staples like butter, milk and salt, contains just 28 calories compared to the 134 in a serving of mashed potatoes.

Cauliflower pretzels

Recipe via Cookies to Kale

Some fantastic humans have even figured out a way to make soft pretzels from cauliflower. While we haven’t yet spotted a bagged or frozen version of this healthy(ish) treat in grocery stores, this recipe pairing cauliflower with oat flour and chia seeds sounds divine.

Cauliflower bagels

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Today’s GF breakfast. “Everything Cauliflower Bagel” (recipe from @clean_and_delicious ) I used Trader Joe’s cauliflower rice but make them finer with food processor . Came out much better this time! 🙂 of course, it doesn’t replace “bagel” but I don’t really miss eating the doughy texture. Good enough for me! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ カリフラワーライスをもっと細かくして、アーモンドフラワー、ココナツフラワー、卵でベーグルもどき。もちろん、ベーグルではないけど、everything bagelの香ばしい香りが!! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ #glutenfree #glutenfreelifestyle #glutenfreeeverything #traderjoes #cauliflowerbagel #arabiafinland #parattisipurple #parattisi #グルテンフリー#グルテンフリー生活 #カリフラワー #パラティシ #パラティシパープル #アラビアフィンランド

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Cauliflower has also been transformed into the notoriously calorie-packed breakfast staple, the bagel. It doesn’t get much more exciting than this za’atar-spiced recipe, but you can always go with the classic everything “bagel” right over here.

Cauliflower mac and cheese

Three years ago, we would have collectively just called this “broccoli and cheese made with cauliflower,” but sure, we’ll allow it. Again, if you’re hunting for a recipe, the internet has got you covered. Or if you’re hunting for a meal you can prepare in minutes, try Trader Joe’s Ditalini, cauliflower, kale and cheddar pre-made option.


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