Watching your carb intake in the new year? It’s hard to say goodbye to favorite dishes like pizza and mashed potatoes, even if it’s just for a short amount of time. However, you may not have to: Cauliflower, versatile veggie that it is, can transform these tasty dishes into healthy dinner additions. You’ll be able to get an extra dose of vegetables and enjoy these foods guilt-free. It can even take center stage as a “steak.” Check out the different ways you can sneak cauliflower into your meals:
Grab a slice of cauliflower crust pizza
Riced cauliflower has been wildly popular – but you don’t have to just use it as a bed for a veggie stir-fry. You can also use riced cauliflower to make a cauliflower crust pizza. PopSugar breaks down the recipe, noting that you can choose to grate your own cauliflower. Egg binds the cooked cauliflower together and adds an additional protein boost. You can top your finished product with fresh vegetables. If you’re pressed for time, you can also pick up cauliflower that has already been pre-riced from your local grocery store and microwave accordingly.
Bring cauliflower buffalo wings to the next game
You can keep your cauliflower florets whole and mimic your favorite bar snack with Minimalist Baker’s red curry cauliflower wings. Chickpea flour is the breading for this tasty appetizer. In addition, this version is lower in fat and calories because it’s baked, not fried. Even better, some of the ingredients, like curry powder, have additional anti-inflammatory properties. Make these for the next football game and watch them disappear.
Keep it classic with mashed cauliflower
Mashed potatoes are a side dish staple for many dinner tables – but with some recipes calling for two sticks of butter and a cup of whole milk, it can be hard to keep them low-fat or low-calorie. Mashed cauliflower is the answer to the potato-dilemma: this recipe from The Food Network adds sour cream and only three tablespoons of butter to mimic the velvety texture of the original. Serve with a side of green beans and grilled chicken for a wholesome dinner.
Make your cauliflower the main course
However, cauliflower doesn’t have to be a supporting character on your dinner plate. This recipe from the New York Times features an easy, 5-ingredient final dish. Instead of breaking off the florets, you can slice the head of cauliflower lengthwise and season to taste. A cast-iron skillet crisps up the edges.
Cauliflower has so many uses, it can be hard to decide where to begin. Whip up a batch of “wings” or pizzas and see if people notice the difference!