3 ways to jazz up Cauliflower

Cauliflower is in my top 3 favorite vegetables. I know I’m weird and cauliflower doesn’t even come close to most people’s top vegetables but I LOVE IT. It’s the perfect side to throw in with fish, chicken, or even steak!

So if you absolutely hate cauliflower and can’t stand to eat it, maybe I can persuade you with these 3 health benefits:

  1. One serving of cauliflower has 77% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C.
  2. Cauliflower helps your body’s ability to detoxify and is full of fiber so it aids in digestion.
  3. Cauliflower is a good source of choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development.

 

Still not convinced? Well lucky for you there are about a million things you can do with cauliflower that make it so delicious you won’t even know it’s cauliflower. I’m going to give you three ideas that I find SUPER yummy.

They are:

  • Cauliflower Tots {Made a video for this one, check it out HERE}
  • Cauliflower Rice
  • Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Cauliflower Tater Tots

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ minced cilantro or parsley (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Steam cauliflower in hot water for 3-5 minutes or until nice and soft, drain and chop with a knife or blend in the food processor (just a few seconds.)
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper just how you like it.
  3. Spoon about 1 Tbs of mixture in your hands and roll into small oval shaped tots.
  4. Place on the cookie sheet ½ inch apart and bake for about 20 minutes, turning halfway through cooking until golden.

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Cauliflower Rice 

This is such a great alternative to regular rice! Trader Joe’s has “Riced Cauliflower” in a bag in the veggie section that makes this recipe SO EASY!

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Ingredients

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower (Or bag of Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower)
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic (minced)
  • Salt & Pepper

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Directions

  1. Chop your head of cauliflower in a food processor or with a knife until it looks like rice. (If you have Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower you can skip this step)
  2. Heat a skillet with 2 tsp of olive oil.
  3. Sauté garlic in oil for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add Cauliflower and sauté until cauliflower is soft. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

I got this recipe idea from one of my chef friends Tiffany Lewis!

Ingredients

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Take off the stem and leaves of the cauliflower and then cut it into big thick slices as if you were cutting a loaf of bread. I would cut maybe an inch thick. The ends will kind of fall apart but you should get 2-3 nice sized “steaks”.
  3. Put them on a rimed cookie sheet that has a wire rack on it so the cauliflower isn’t directly touching the pan.
  4. Brush the tops of the cauliflower with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges of the cauliflower begin to roast and cauliflower is soft.

There you have it! 3 new ways to give a little life to your cauliflower. Comment below and let me know which recipe you liked best or if you have any other suggestions for what you’d like to see on this blog! Thanks so much for reading!

Be sure to follow my YouTube Channel to see what I’m cooking up in the kitchen!

Love always,

Nicole xx #DoStuff

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