Cauliflower has become a vegetable of many hats, particularly with the rise of low-carb or grain-free diets like the ketogenic or paleo diets.
So yes, if cauliflower can be pizza, you can be anything!
While I usually advise clients to minimize multitasking (especially when eating!), cauliflower does a great job at it. It can step in as rice, pizza crust, tater tots, oatmeal, and even mashed potatoes!
Here are 5 ways that you can use cauliflower everyday:
Making your own cauliflower rice is easy, especially if you have a food processor. Pull apart the florets, rice and let dry as much as possible. Then add them to the food processor (or chop by hand). If you want to save some for later, just place it on a baking tray and freeze! Laying it flat on the tray will keep it from sticking together later. You can remove it from the tray and place it in a freezer-safe bag.
2. Pizza crust.
If you’re feeling a little lazy, you can opt for a store-bought cauliflower pizza crust (yes, they do exist!), or make your own at home and freeze for later! My favourite is this recipe from Paleo Leap.
3. Tater tots (let’s call it Cauti tots… or let’s not).
This healthy take on a favourite childhood classic is perfect if you are following a ketogenic diet, or want to have a little extra fun in the kitchen! You can also use a similar recipe to make hashbrowns or fritters! I like this recipe.
Yes, you heard me right! Your favourite, cozy breakfast bowl got a keto-makeover using cauliflower! Even better, you can simply use your cauliflower rice to make the oats too!
Keep a 2:1 cauliflower to liquid ratio when making your oats to ensure they get a true oatmeal consistency, and cook as you normally would!
My favourite toppings for oats include nut butters, stewed berries, cinnamon and other warming spices, chopped nuts, or a sprinkle of coconut flakes!
Tip: be sure to add a quality source of protein (like hemp seeds or stew the cauliflower with an egg), as well as healthy fat (like coconut milk or nut nutters), to stay satiated throughout your morning.
5. Mashed Potatoes
With holiday season upon us, it’s likely you’ll have a few dinner parties to attend where potatoes, stuffing, and turkey will grace the table. If you’re following a low-carb diet, it’s important to come prepared with a few options, and one of my favourites is cauliflower mashed potatoes! Just cut a cauliflower into florets, rinse and steam! Once it is cooked, let it cool and dry slightly, then add your normal fixings (I prefer almond milk, avocado oil, lots of garlic and chives) to a food processor and blend.
Want to learn new ways to get creative with your food, or how to make your diet work for any occasion?! Book an appointment with our nutritionist to learn more.