There are countless food trends and fad diets constantly changing and evolving that it can be a difficult task to even keep up at times. However, there is one that is becoming especially prevalent regardless - and that’s the use of cauliflower as a substitute for certain food groups.
This is a popular trend among those who follow the keto diet and is a great alternative for many other food intolerances, as well. Let’s dive into all-things cauliflower as a substitution!
Disclaimer: all recipes have been simplified for brevity purposes.
1. Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower rice is one of the more popular replacements to regular rice. It is also just as simple as it sounds to make: simply grate with a traditional box grater (usually used for cheese) or a food processor with the grater blade. The hard part is over! After this, you can simply remove excess moisture by using a paper towel to squeeze any out. The last step is to saute in a skillet with some oil. Voila!
2. Cauliflower Wings
This particular recipe is great for vegans/vegetarians (or even keto dieters who can’t have the breading from typical wings) who have a hankering for some classic wings. The best part? They’re easy to make! All you have to do is preheat the oven, toss your cauliflower florets in a sauce of your choosing, and throw them in the oven!
3. Mashed Cauliflower
The name suggests there’s potatoes involved, but there is nothing of the kind! These are simply mock mashed potatoes. This is another very simple, but delicious, recipe where cauliflower is used as a replacement starch. All you have to do is boil your cauliflower until well done, and puree with garlic, butter, or any of your other preferences on mashed potatoes, and you’re done!
4. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Who doesn’t love a good mac and cheese? Well, for anyone who can’t have the real thing due to, perhaps, a gluten-intolerance or being a follower of the keto diet, this is your saving grace! You simply make a cheese sauce of your liking, boil the cauliflower, then bake it all together. It sounds delicious!
5. Cauliflower Pizza
The only thing that’s different on this cauliflower pizza is the crust - the toppings are up to you. The secret to this pizza is pulsing the florets in a food processor until fine and then steam it. Next, you proceed to mix it with cheese, eggs, garlic, salt, and whatever else you want for taste. Then, roll it onto a baking sheet in a circle and bake. There you have a great alternative to pizza crust!
We at GKM love all of these recipes and know how important it is to accommodate to diets and food intolerances. We're happy to know there's so many options out there to keep our clients happy! Contact us for more information.