Brassica oleracea has a long history. The oldest record dates back to the 6th century. From Syria to France, it has been grown for more than a thousand years. If you are wondering, the other name for Brassica oleracea is cauliflower.
Cauliflower is stashed with nutrients. It is low in fat, low in carbohydrates, and high in dietary fibre, folate, water, and vitamin C. This particular vegetable is highly recommended by WHFoods. Vegetarians and vegans tend to choose cauliflower as a reasonable substitute for carbohydrates instead of potatoes and rice. And you will be amazed to know just how many ways you can cook cauliflower! Here are 15 recipes you will love.
1. “Loaded” Cauliflower
This is a quick meal that doesn’t take much effort or time. It’s a very simple recipe with “loaded” nutritional values and balanced ingredients. This is the perfect food for a tired you.
2. Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
This cauliflower crust pizza is low in carbs, low in calories, and gluten-free. And the best part? You can add any toppings, knowing that you are eating a healthy pizza. The process is not as troublesome as you may think. And the taste? Why don’t you make it and find out for yourself?
3. Cheeseburger Cauliflower
This is another trouble-free recipe that you can cook in less time. Here it is done with hamburger, but if you are very health-conscious and want to avoid red meat, you can try with shredded chicken pieces or ground chicken.
4. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
There’s no hassle of going to the stove and deep frying because this recipe is all about the oven bake. It takes little time and is very simple and so delicious. You may just want to eat this every day!
5. Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks
If you don’t want pizza but do want something else made out of pizza crust which is made from cauliflower crumbs, then you can easily bake these super cheesy breadsticks!
6. Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole
This super-duper cheesy casserole is actually low in carbs and gluten-free! This kid-friendly, easy dish can be eaten as a side dish, or better, as a whole meal!
7. Vietnamese Cauli-Fried Rice
All you health-conscious people out there, this is the perfect meal for you, since this is grain-free fried rice. For vegetarians and vegans, just add as many vegetables as you want and omit the eggs, and for the non-vegetarians, you can add sausage and shrimp. The process is not hard at all, and the overall result is delicious fried rice!
8. Cauliflower Rice Lettuce Cups with Sriracha Peanut Sauce
Here’s a very healthy snack packed with nutrients that will boost your mood and your tastebuds simultaneously. The recipe is not hard to make, and you can even serve this as an appetiser at your next party!
9. Cauliflower Nachos with Harissa Cheddar Cheese
This is a very smart finger food that can go with any occasion, be it girlfriends’ day out, boys’ sports night or a teen’s get-together with friends. It’s simple to make, so if demand goes sky-high, you can easily make some more!
10. Cauliflower Tortillas
So, you are in the mood for Mexican food. Here is your solution! You may find the whole idea of making tortillas with cauliflower silly; if so, then you are in for a surprise! Since these are easy to make and very healthy, you might just forget about the typical corn or flour tortillas entirely!
11. Cauliflower Protein Bread
If you have the time to bake a cauliflower pizza, then you can effortlessly bake this cauliflower bread.
12. Jalapeno and Cheddar Cauliflower Muffins
Another low carb and gluten-free meal, this recipe is sure to tantalise your tastebuds! Cheesy, filling, and delicious, this can top your weekend family breakfast!
13. Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie
As easy as a pie, this shepherd’s pie is a big hearty meal for the whole family. Both kids and adults will surely fall in love with this recipe. With preparation and cooking, the overall time will be one hour. It’s perfect for after a hectic day or for a perfect summer dinner!
14. Paleo Cauliflower Hummus
This is a great substitution for chickpeas. Just use cauliflower and you won’t even know the difference! It tastes the same as chickpeas, and the good part is that you are free to play around with the ingredients: simply add your own favourite flavours! Flavoursome and easy to make, this can be a big preferred food for you and your friends!
15. Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese
*Drool* sorry, can’t help it, but the picture is seriously making me want to go to the kitchen and make this now! And the best part is that it doesn’t even take more than 30 minutes! I bet you’ll soon become a cauliflower addict after eating this. Good luck on resisting such a scrumptious food!
Honestly, after completing this article, I think I will start a cauliflower diet, or at least add cauliflower to my recipes every day! The health benefits, the versatility, and the flavours just make it an idyllic substitute for carbs. So, the next time you are grocery shopping, do not forget to buy stacks of cauliflower!