Say hello to cauliflower.

This often overlooked vegetable gives the potato and even chicken a run for its money. Even those with a restricted diet can enjoy the possibilities cauliflower presents.

What makes this vegetable so amazing? It’s versatility – cauliflower can fill in for just about anything “bready” – and in the spirit of experimentation (and the New Year) we’ve found several recipes with plenty of new and interesting ways to use it. Even if you weren’t craving bagels or pizza or mac’n’cheese before, you’ll probably want these grain-free versions.

Recipes so good they can make you crave cauliflower. How’s that for healthy eating?

Cauliflower Recipes

Healthy Fettuccine Alfredo


A delicious healthy Alfredo version made with cauliflower, vegetable broth and minimal amounts of cream and butter. (Recipe here thanks to blogger Pinch of Yum.)

Cauliflower Mash


Cauliflower Mash is a delicious alternative to mashed potatoes with only 50 calories per serving.

Warm Cauliflower Salad


This Warm Cauliflower Salad is the best of both worlds in the Winter. It’s a salad but its warm like a bowl of soup; made with roasted cauliflower and a warm vinaigrette dressing.

Cheesy Cauliflower Tator Tots


These Cheesy Cauliflower Tater Tots are just like fries, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside minus the starch. Plus they only contain 5 ingredients!

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower


Roasting cauliflower brings out the sweetness and gives it a crunchy texture.  It’s also a great way to get your kids (or yourself!)  to eat cauliflower.

Cauliflower Poppers


Instead of boiling cauliflower try roasting it.  You’ll love the delicious crispy texture!  It’s quick and simple and only requires, oil and salt & pepper.

Sushi Roll

cauliflower sushi

Take cauliflower rice to new heights. Stuff it up in some dried nori with your favorite sushi fillings for a lightened-up roll. Try this Summer Roll Sushi recipe by Whole Hearted Eats.

Apple & Cinnamon N’Oatmeal

culiflower oatmeal

Have no fear. Cauliflower’s purpose here is to add texture — not taste — to this grain-free, paleo breakfast dish. Also, just so you’re further enticed, know that this particular dish is loaded with coconut milk. Get the Apple & Cinnamon N’Oatmeal recipe from The Healthy Foodie.

Cauliflower Hash


This Cauliflower Hash recipe by An Edible Mosaic replaces the typical potato with cauliflower for a less carby, delicious egg dish.

Cauliflower Couscous

cauliflower cous cous

With the help from a food processor, you can finely chop your cauliflower into a couscous-like texture. Try this Spice Merchant Cauliflower Couscous recipe by Food52.


cauli tots

These darling tots are like a mozzarella stick-tater-tot hybrid, and who could possibly resist such a combination? Try the Cauliflower Tots by Table.

Cauliflower Cookies

Cauliflower cookies

Don’t freak out. These cookies contain cauliflower. They also boast cottage cheese and prunes. Why not? Texture-seekers, try these Flourless Oatmeal Cookies by The Smart Cookie Blog.