For the Love of Cauliflower

I’ve turned over a new leaf and cauliflower is behind it. Cauliflower used to be one of my least favorite vegetables, until I got a little adventurous with cooking it. Now it’s my favorite substitution to make some meals or snacks lower in calories.

As I shared yesterday, I’ve made Cauliflower Potato Soup a few times. I thought I’d share some other yummy cauliflower recipes with you.

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

I made these many months ago, and I’m getting ready to make them again. They’re a great snack to have around.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice is a nice, low-carb substitute for rice. I’m not a huge fan of this on its own, but when eaten with a stir-fry, it’s tasty. For some reason it always tastes even better to me the next day when I reheat it as a snack.

IMG_3704I stick the cauliflower in a food processor and then stir-fry it in a pan with a little olive oil. I mix in chopped bell peppers and diced green onions and season with salt and pepper. Sometimes I use garlic salt. Other times, I throw some minced garlic in. I’ve also slipped a dash of Sriracha sauce in before to liven it up a bit.

Roasted Cauliflower

This is simple to make and tasty. My mother-in-law made roasted cauliflower with dinner a while back. It’s as simple as tossing fresh cauliflower florets in olive oil and sprinkling with salt and pepper. They’re so yummy. I’ve made extra several times so that I can have them as a snack the next day. They’re really good dipped in marinara sauce.

Cauliflower Tater Tots

I’ve only tried these once so far, and it was a bit of a bust, mostly because I didn’t have the necessary tools to make them tot shaped. I think they would turn out better, if I had mixed a bit of chopped cauliflower in with the pureed stuff.

I used light butter and fat-free half and half instead of heavy cream.

IMG_3674All I had on hand to shape the tots was a plastic bag with a clipped corner. It didn’t work so well.

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They looked weird, but they did taste good.

Mashed Cauliflower

Follow the same recipe as the tots, but heat the mash up and eat as is. Yummy!

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Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower

I saw this on Pinterest a few months ago and tried it out. Yum!

http://www.daydreamkitchen.com/2012/12/spicy-buffalo-cauliflower/

source – http://www.daydreamkitchen.com/2012/12/spicy-buffalo-cauliflower/

I used Frank’s Buffalo Sauce. I’ve made them a few other times as a snack, but I just put the sauce on them.

Cauliflower and Potato Casserole

I seem to have lost my picture of this…grr! It’s an experimental concoction that I’ve made a few times. I’m still working on improving it, but I thought I’d share it anyway.

Ingredients:

 

2 small russet potatoes

 

1 small head of cauliflower, or half a large head

 

1/3 cup chicken broth

 

1/3 cup milk (I use 1%, but 2% would probably work better)

 

1 ¼ cups plain Nonfat Greek yogurt

 

2 cloves minced garlic (or garlic powder)

 

1 tsp onion powder (or minced onion)

 

1 tsp Seasoning salt (I actually use Tony Chacheres Creole Seasoning)

 

1/3 tsp Italian Seasoning

 

Salt and pepper to taste

 

¾ cup shredded cheese (you can use a low-fat cheese, but it won’t work as well to bind things together)

 

 

Instructions:

 

 

Preheat Oven to 350.

 

Wash, peel and dice potatoes. I usually dice mine up pretty small. Sometimes, I soak them for a while. Wash and cut cauliflower and stick it in the food processor until chopped semi-finely.

 

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Grease a baking pan. Don’t use a metal baking pan because it will react with the yogurt, resulting in an icky taste. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake uncovered for about 1 hour. You may have to cook it longer, so just check to make sure it is done before pulling it out of the oven.

Enjoy all the Cauliflower goodness!

*This is unrelated to cooking, but I’m giving away a few sewing patterns and dresses. If you’re interested, please see this post for the details.*

 

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