Reasons to Reconsider Cauliflower — Fall Fest

Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Before you relegate your next head of cauliflower to side dish status once again, reconsider this in-season veggie for its unconventionally substantial uses. From standing proudly as a main dish to acting as your next party-friendly appetizer, cauliflower is capable of some serious dish power. Let us list the ways:

  • Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce: Even if you're accustomed to nibbling chicken wings off the bone, think of cauliflower florets as yet another way to get your weekly intake of spicy Buffalo sauce. Dip this healthier game-time alternative into homemade blue cheese sauce for the full package.
  • Art Smith's Garlic Mashed Cauliflower: Instead of going the old-fashioned potato route, spoon a dollop of Trisha Yearwood's mashed cauliflower for a lower-carb alternative. It still comes with all that creamy, savory goodness.
  • Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese: Load up your go-to macaroni and cheese with more than pasta. Cheesy and savory, this recipe is so much more than a way to trick your kids into eating their veggies.
  • Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower: Never before has this white-as-snow veggie stood out so much. After brushing it with olive oil and Dijon mustard, stick the whole head of cauliflower in the oven for a main that will entice even meat eaters.
  • Bean, Cauliflower and Cheese Burritos: Your next burrito deserves to be filled with more than rice and beans. Fold up a tortilla filled with spiced, sauteed cauliflower for an unexpected filling that feels so right.
  • Roasted Cauliflower with Herb-Caper Sauce: Though the cauliflower element is simply roasted, the zesty green sauce invigorates each bite. Cauliflower cooks quickly, so you don't have to stick it in the oven until the main dish is resting.
  • Prosciutto Pizza with Cauliflower Crust: Nixing flour? This capability of cauliflower is perhaps the most magical of all. Use it to make gluten-free pizza crust so everyone in your group can have a slice.

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Get more cauliflower recipes from friends and family:

Jeanette's Healthy Living: Hash Brown Cauliflower and Potatoes

The Cultural Dish: Cauliflower and Leek Soup
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Dishin & Dishes: Curried Cauliflower Chowder
Weelicious: Vegetarian Tagine

Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Cauliflower Breadsticks

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