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12 Deliciously Different Ways to Eat Cauliflower

These clever recipes replace starchy potatoes, refined flour, and white rice with delicious, nutritious cauliflower, master of disguises.

1. Loaded Cauliflower

"A great way to add some zip to your cauliflower. This recipe is low-carb and resembles a loaded potato! Very unique and down right tasty!" -- BOOKCHICKADEE


Loaded Cauliflower

Loaded Cauliflower | Photo by lutzflcat

2. Cauliflower Fried ‘Rice’

“This recipe is unbelievable. I served it to two cauliflower non-lovers and didn't tell them what it was until they were finished raving about it. I wasn't sure that straight veggies and pork was going to be enough for my big boys, so I made some rice anyways to add to the dish. The rice is now in my freezer.” – volleyballmom


Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice | Photo by bd.weld

3. Chef John's Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Oh, cauliflower, you’ve outdone yourself. Now, the texture isn’t identical to pizza crust. But this crust is delicious in its own right, and a healthier delivery system for pizza toppings. The key is to squeeze out all the moisture from the cooked cauliflower before baking.


4. Cauliflower Fritters

“This is 'wow' on the tongue! A very flexible recipe—I can see adding leftover mashed potatoes, kale, or artichoke hearts to the mix. Phenomenal with aioli garlic mustard sauce.” – lisandreasings


Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower Fritters | Photo by Snacking in the Kitchen

5. Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Finally, a steak both paleo people and vegans can devour. Pair these oven-roasted “steaks” with a simple lemon-garlic sauce; chimichurri; or roasted cherry tomatoes, sliced green olives, and feta.


Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Photo by bd.weld

6. Cauliflower Tots

Get ready for tots without the taters! Steam tiny cauliflower florets then add bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, egg, and simple seasonings. Form this tasty mixture into tiny tots, then bake until golden brown.


7. Low-Carb Fauxtato Salad

Like a creamy potato salad, this crafty cauliflower side is loaded up with pickle relish, hard-boiled eggs, tangy mustard, and mayo.


Low Carb Fauxtato Salad

Low Carb Fauxtato Salad | Photo by Paula

8. Cauliflower Popcorn

Cauliflower goes to the movies...deep undercover. “I have tried a few roasted cauliflower recipes on this site,” says bd.weld. “And this one is the easiest and tastiest.”


Cauliflower Popcorn

Cauliflower Popcorn | Photo by bd.weld

9. Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

A low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes, this creamy cauliflower mash is a smash hit. It’s a healthy side that takes just minutes to make.


Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower | Photo by lutzflcat

10. Buffalo Cauliflower

"This is a great substitution for buffalo wings," says ddmama. "Can be made gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian. Make sure to coat your cookie sheet well with oil or they will stick. Husband and kids give this two thumbs up! Dip this in ranch or blue cheese for even more added flavor, but it doesn't need it."

Buffalo Cauliflower

Photo by Snacking in the Kitchen

11. Cauliflower Hash Browns

"Cauliflower takes the place of potatoes in this low-carb version of hash browns," says Elizabeth. "The browns are held together with sharp Cheddar cheese."

Cauliflower Hash Browns

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12. Cauliflower Sheep

OK, just this once, you can play with your food.


Cauliflower Sheep

Cauliflower Sheep | Photo by Allrecipes

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