5 Must-Try Cauliflower Recipes That Are Anything But Boring

As you guys definitely know cauliflower is all the rage right now, so when I started seeing really fun cauliflower-based recipes start popping up on Instagram I knew I wanted to do a blog post all about the super healthy, cruciferous vegetable!  I reached out to Brooke Zigler, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), since she is a big-time cauliflower fan and even created five totally delicious cauli-based recipes (below)!  But first, here’s why cauliflower is a diet must:

Why cauliflower?

Cauliflower is low in calories (only 27 calories per cup), a rich source of vitamin C, a good source of potassium, and also contains fiber, which is important for gut health and weight management.  Like other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts, cauliflower contains a compound called glucosinolate. When chopping and chewing cauliflower, glucosinolates are made active and broken down into phytochemicals known as isothiocyanates and indoles. Research suggests that they may have cancer-fighting properties by inhibiting enyzmes that activate carcinogens and triggering the production of enzymes that detoxify carcinogens. They may also protect cells from DNA damage and may inhibit estrogen action.  The vitamin C in cauliflower allows it to act as an antioxidant which helps defend against free radicals in the body. It also protects tissues from oxidative stress, which may play an important role in preventing diseases.

What’s the best way to enjoy cauliflower?

Since cauliflower has a very mild flavor, it makes it a very versatile vegetable that can be used in many traditional recipes as a lightened-up substitute for rice, pizza, tortillas, potatoes, and pasta, just to name a few!

Here are five cauliflower-based recipes created by Brooke! 

Egg, Tomato & Mozzarella Cauliflower Breakfast Pizza:Perfect for whenever you’re craving pizza!
 
Cauliflower Gnocchi with Pesto Sauce: I love how easy this is! And you can get the cauliflower gnocchi at any Trader Joe’s.
Cauliflower Crust Manicotti: This dish is surprisingly easy and SO good!
Beef and Broccoli Cauliflower Fried Rice: This is perfect whenever you’re craving Chinese food! And you can also use chicken or tofu as the protein, based on what you like.
Cauliflower Crust Waffle Pizza: If you’re a waffle fan this cauli-based pizza recipe is a must!
How great do these recipes look?!  Make sure to follow Brooke on Instagram for even more delish recipes :)