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23 Insanely Clever Ways To Eat Cauliflower Instead of Carbs

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23 Insanely Clever Ways To Eat Cauliflower Instead of Carbs

July 03
15:05 2017

1. Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

Some genius did the obvious move and turned cauliflower pizza crust into cauliflower breadsticks. You know, like Papa John’s but… not.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups of riced cauliflower (about 1 large head of cauliflower)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese (I used a Tex Mex blend because that’s all I had)
  • 3 tsp oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 cups mozzarella cheese (for topping)

 

2. “Everything Bagel” Cauliflower Rolls

I mean, the “everything” overpowers the “bagel” either way.

Ingredients

1. 1 head cauliflower, riced (about 3 cups)

2. 2 tbsp almond flour

3. 1 tbsp coconut flour

4. 1 tbsp organic corn meal (not paleo- you can sub almond flour)

5. 2 organic eggs

6. 1/2 tsp garlic powder

7. 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt

“Everything” Topping

1. 1/2 tsp poppy seeds

2. 1 tbsp sesame seeds

3. 1 tsp dried minced garlic

4. 1 tbsp dried minced onion

5. 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt

 

3. Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder

White potatoes, you’ve officially been replaced.

Ingredients

  • 8 slices center-cut bacon, chopped and divided
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped OR 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 cups shredded or grated cauliflower (1/2 large head)
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten-free or all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 3-4 dashes hot sauce (or more or less)
  • 2-1/2 cups (12oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 green onions, chopped (optional)

 

4. Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

All I see here is so much cheese. And that’s OK.

INGREDIENTS

For the Puree

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 2 Tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 8 slices pepperoni
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Casserole

  • 12 slices pepperoni
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

 

5. Vietnamese Cauli-Fried Rice

Faster than ordering Seamless. (Well, probably.)

Ingredients:

For the Nước Chấm dressing:

1/4 cup water

2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (to taste)

2 tablespoons fish sauce

1 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon honey (omit for 21DSD & Whole30)

1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or coconut vinegar

Chili flakes optional

For the fried rice:
3 cups of grated cauliflower (about 1 large head)
2-3 tablespoons coconut oil or preferred cooking oil
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup onion, diced
3-5 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup asparagus, diced
1 cup sausage, chopped (traditionally Chinese sausage is used, I used Kielbasa)
1 cup raw shrimp (about 9 large 16 count shrimp, raw or cooked) chopped
2 large eggs, cracked & lightly beaten
1/4 cup spring onions, chopped
1/4 cilantro
Coarse sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

6. Skinny Baked Cauliflower Tots

Doesn’t have the same ring as “Tater Tots,” but I’m willing to overlook that. (Note: there are bread crumbs in the recipe, so it’s not totally low-carb.)

INGREDIENTS

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

 

7. Cauliflower Rice Lettuce Cups with Sriracha Peanut Sauce

 Ingredients:

Cauliflower Rice Lettuce Cups

 

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, mined
  • 5 green onions, sliced
  • 2 small red bell peppers, finely diced
  • 2 small green bell peppers, finely diced
  • 5 ounces shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 head cauliflower, shredded
  • Iceberg of Bibb Lettuce, for serving
  • Cilantro and chopped peanuts, for topping

Sriracha Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup natural salted peanut butter
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha

8. Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese

OMFG. This is real.

Ingredients

Makes 2 grilled cheese sandwiches
Cauliflower crust “bread” slices
1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets (should yield 3 cups of cauliflower rice)
1 free-range organic egg, lightly beaten
½ cup / 1.7 oz / 50 gr shredded mozzarella cheese
½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Grilled cheese
1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
⅓ cup / 3 oz / 85 gr sharp cheddar cheese, grated/shredded, room temperature

9. Cauliflower Pizza Bagels

 These are truly something else.

Ingredients

1. 2 eggs
2. 1 cup Mozzarella
3. 1 cup Cauliflower riced
4. 25-30 slices pepperoni cut into quarters
5. 1/2 tsp fennel seed
6. 3/4-1 tsp Garlic powder (depending on preference)
7. 1/2 tsp Crushed red pepper
8. 1 large slice tomato diced

10. Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cauliflower “rice”
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 cup parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1-2 large lemons
  • 2-4 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 

11. Cauliflower Couscous with Leeks and Sundried Tomatoes

 Same deal as the cauliflower rice, but calling it couscous makes it taste more Mediterranean.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sun-dried tomatoes
4 heaping cups of cauliflower “cous cous”
2 cloves of garlic, minced1 tablespoon grape seed oil
1 cup thinly sliced leeks– sea salt
and fresh cracked black pepper

12. Cauliflower Hash

Cauliflower also cooks faster than potatoes. So, double WIN.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ lb (350 g) cauliflower, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley leaves (for garnish)
  • Fried eggs, for serving (optional)

 

13. Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Utensils necessary, but that’s a small price to pay for a low-carb pizza option.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower – should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon basil or rosemary, minced (or dry)
  • ½ teaspoon oregano, minced (or dry)
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1-2 cups mozzarella cheese

14. Cauliflower Nachos with Harissa Cheddar Sauce

INGREDIENTS

Cauliflower Nachos1 head cauliflower
olive oil
kosher salt
1 red pepper
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
2 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup feta, optional
harissa nacho cheese (recipe follows)Harissa Cheddar Cheese Nacho Sauce

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded Natural & Kosher cheddar cheese
kosher salt, to taste
1-2 tsp harissa

 

15. Olive Oil, Garlic, and Romano Cheese Mashed Cauliflower

INGREDIENTS

Olive Oil, Garlic & Romano Cheese Mashed Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower
salt & freshly cracked pepper
4-6 cloves garlic, peeled
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 c cream
1/3 c grated Romano cheese
Salt & freshly cracked pepper

16. Cauliflower Tortillas

 Who wants to come over for taco night?

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 head cauliflower
2 large eggs
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
juice from 1/2 lime (add the zest too if you want more of a lime flavor)
salt and pepper, to taste

17. Cauliflower Fritters

These are a swap for what, exactly? Latkes? Corn fritters? Croquettes? I really don’t know, but I know that they are totally, 100% delicious.

Ingredients:
1 medium size head (around 450 gr)
1/3 cup AP Flour
2 Large Eggs
2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
4 tbs Cornmeal
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1 1/2 tsp Salt
5 tbs Nutritional Yeast
Fresh Cilantro, chopped (2 tbs)
Fresh Black Pepper

18. Crockpot Cauliflower and Cheese

It’s really all about the cheese anyway. The macaroni was only ever a vessel. (Repeat that enough times and it might come true. Seriously, though, this stuff tastes great.)

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 can condensed cheddar soup
  • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ cup finely diced onion
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar

 

19. Cauliflower Protein Bread

 This is either the best low-carb recipe ever written or, in the wise words of T. Swift, “a nightmare dressed like a daydream.”

Ingredients

  • 575 grams chopped cauliflower (about 1 medium cauliflower)
  • 25 grams coconut flour
  • 45 grams unflavoured micellar casein* (substitute whey or rice protein isolate or 30 grams coconut flour)
  • 25 grams Grana Padano or Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 large egg (52 grams, shelled)
  • 198 grams liquid egg whites (about 6 large egg whites)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chilli, smoked paprika, roasted garlic, or some finely chopped fresh herbs (optional)

 

20. Cauliflower Steaks With Cauliflower Purée

Because cauliflower on cauliflower is setting yourself up for happiness.

INGREDIENTS

  • One 1 1/2-pound head of cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil plus more for brushing
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

 

21. Paleo Cauliflower Hummus

Chickpeas are great and all, but cauliflower is a pretty mighty substitute.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups steamed cauliflower
2 tbsp almond butter
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp red pepper flakes
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
pinch of sea salt
splash lemon juice
sprinkle of paprika to garnish

22. Jalapeño and Cheddar Cauliflower Muffins

See ya later, cornbread.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups finely riced, raw cauliflower **
  • 2 Tbsp minced jalapeno
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp dried onion flakes
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup coconut flour

 

23. Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 2 tablespoons fat (lard, tallow, ghee, coconut oil, etc)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef or lamb
  • ¼-1/2 cup homemade beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon homemade ketchup or tomato paste (omit if you don’t have a GAPS-legal or Paleo option)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fat (lard, tallow, ghee, etc)
  • ½ cup shredded GAPS-legal cheese (omit for Paleo)

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