27 Reasons Cauliflower Deserves Your Love And Loyalty

Anyone who thinks cauliflower is just severely frightened broccoli has some learning to do.

1. Cauliflower doesn’t need much to be delicious on its own.

Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower

2. Just break it into florets and roast it at 425 degrees for around 25 minutes.

With salt, oil, and (if you want) some herbs or spices.

Recipe: Roasted Curry Cauliflower

3. After that, you can eat it as a side or throw it on a salad for a nice light meal.

Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Salad.

4. Or give it other ingredient friends to play with.

Throw in any of your favorite grains, beans, and herbs.

Recipe: Warm Cauliflower & Herbed Barley Salad

6. But it can also put meat straight out of a job.

Recipe: Cauliflower Steaks with Olive Relish and Tomato Sauce

7. Serving an entire roasted cauliflower for dinner is the ultimate vegetarian BAMF move.

Recipe: Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese

8. Steak with potatoes? How about cauliflower steak on a delightful cloud of more cauliflower.

That’s the Tree of Life right there, bro.

Recipe: Dan Barber’s Cauliflower Steaks with Cauliflower Purée

9. Mash it up a little and you’ve got cheesy, crispy fritters.

Recipe: Cauliflower Feta Fritters with Pomegranate

10. And as you probably know, cauliflower blends up into dreamy, creamy soups.

Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower & Coconut Milk Soup with Spicy Oil (scroll down for the recipe in English)

But the REAL magic happens when you get out a food processor and whiz that business into tiny little bits.

Recipe: Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder

12. Once the cauliflower’s blitzed, you’re halfway to a wok full of yummy fried “rice”…

Don’t expect it to taste the same as rice rice, just expect it to taste good.

Recipe: Fried Cauliflower Rice with Pineapple, Shrimp & Pork

13. …or, by another name, “couscous.”

Recipe: Cauliflower Couscous

14. Admit it, you’re curious to try the famous low-carb cauliflower pizza crust.

Nothing could ever really go wrong with a recipe that involves this much cheese.

Recipe: Cauliflower Pizza

15. And these tiny pizza crusts, a.k.a tortillas.

Recipe: Spring Vegetable Tacos with Cauliflower Tortillas

16. Cauliflower bits also shape up into great veggie burger patties.

Recipe: Quinoa Cauliflower Patties

18. Puréed cauliflower is a nice side dish on its own…

Recipe: Garlic Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

19. (especially when you call it hummus)

Recipe: Red Pepper Cauliflower Hummus

20. …but it also makes a kick-ass undercover agent.

Recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Sauce.

21. Swap in c-flower for half the potatoes when you’re mashing and everyone will be healthier (but none the wiser).

Recipe: Healthier Mashed Potatoes That Actually Taste Good

22. It can fool people into thinking they’re eating an artery-busting Alfredo sauce…

Joke’s on you, suckers, it’s SECRETLY HEALTHY.

Recipe: Healthy Fettucine Alfredo

24. …or a dish of classic baked mac & cheese.

Recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Mac

25. See also: this badass cheesy pizza dip.

Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower White Pizza Dip

26. And finally: dessert! Cauliflower will happily stow away in this healthy (but legitimately good) chocolate cake.

Get the recipe here.

27. Same goes for fudgy gluten-free brownies.

Recipe: Low-Carb & Gluten-Free Cauliflower Brownies

In conclusion: Magic. Cauliflower is a magic vegetable.

And it’s way better than broccoli. *ducks*

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