The question is: what can’t cauliflower do?
Cauliflower’s versatility never ceases to amaze me. Lucky for me, it’s not only a multitalented ingredient, but it’s also a superfood, loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, antioxidants, and fiber. Blended, roasted, riced, or mashed, this nutritional powerhouse can be turned into literally any type of meal. Read on to find ideas for using cauliflower in salads, soups, mac & cheese, and more.
My Favorite Ways to Cook Cauliflower
1. Roasted: Lightly crisp and browned on the edges, roasted cauliflower adds a nutty, caramelized flavor to bowls, salads, or pastas. Its hearty texture makes it a great choice for stuffing into vegetarian sandwiches and tacos. You can also enjoy it on its own as a steak!
But that’s not all: roasted cauliflower has another superpower. When blended, it creates a smooth, creamy puree that has all the depth of flavor the cauliflower gains as it browns in the oven. I’ve been blending it into soups for years, but just this winter, I discovered that roasted cauliflower makes an amazing base for a cheesy party dip!
2. Boiled: I rarely boil cauliflower if I’m planning to eat it on its own. However, I often boil it before pureeing it into creamy sauces or mashing it with potatoes. For these types of cauliflower recipes, be sure to boil your cauliflower cores as well as the florets. They’ll enhance the rich texture of the dish, so there’s no need for them to go to waste. And of course, if I’m making a curry or soup with whole cauliflower florets, they’ll simmer as it cooks, absorbing the flavors of the dish.
3. Riced: Cauliflower rice is a mainstay in my kitchen. Simply pulse your cauliflower (cores and all!) in a food processor until it has a rice-like texture. Then, lightly sauté it for a few minutes, and you’ll have a fantastic base for bowls, stir-fries, or curries!
My Favorite Cauliflower Recipes
Simmer into a stew:
Chickpea & Cauliflower Tomato Stew (pictured below)
Blend into dip:
Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip
Bake into mac & cheese:
Vegan Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Stir into mac & cheese:
Jalapeño Cauliflower Shells & Cheese
Toss into pasta:
Whole Wheat Shells & Roasted Cauliflower (pictured above)
Cauliflower Steaks with Romesco Sauce
Cauliflower Steak Sandwiches
Stuff into tacos:
Cauliflower Shawarma Tacos
Top onto bowls:
Mean Green Grain Bowl
Make “rice” for a bowl:
Cauliflower Rice Kimchi Bowls (pictured above)
Or a burrito bowl:
Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl
Stuff into peppers:
Cauliflower Stuffed Poblano Peppers (pictured below)
Simmer in curry:
Butternut & Cauliflower Vegetable Curry (pictured above)
Blend into queso:
Chipotle Cauliflower Nachos with Pineapple Salsa (pictured above)
Pulse into fried rice:
Turmeric Cauliflower Fried “Rice”
Mash with potatoes:
Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Tell me – what are your favorite cauliflower recipes? I’m always looking for new ideas!