Healthy cauliflower recipes are hot right now, with cauliflower being the Paleo diet replacement for rice. Everyone seems to be looking for exciting and healthy ways to cook the humble cauliflower. There’s been so much hype, I just had to get cooking to try out these recipe ideas, as I live gluten-free and dairy-free too.
Growing up I loved the baked cauliflower recipes my mom and granny used. Creamy, cheesy and delicious, they were amazing comfort food on cold winter days, but hardly healthy! I’ve discovered that making a few small changes, and using a cheats bechamel sauce means I can still have the baked cauliflower casseroles that remind me of my childhood … but without any guilt. Switching goats cheese for cheddar makes this delicious broccoli and cauliflower bake dairy free too, so tick, tick, tick! Try it with thinly sliced on top, and a good shake of thyme for seasoning.
A broccoli and cauliflower salad recipe that tastes delicious but isn’t loaded with calories and fat? I love these veggies in an easy no-cook salad but always steer well clear when I see them in a buffet, as the dressing is usually loaded with mayonnaise and sugar. Not very healthy or good for the waistline! I love Jeanette’s recipe which rings the changes, adding in seeds for texture and grapes to provide the sweetness. While her dressing recipe is lower fat than usual, I skip the low-fat mayo, using Greek yoghurt only. I also use goats cheese instead of dairy cheese. Yummy! This is a lunchbox favourite for me as I’m a huge lover of broccoli.
If you’re thinking that cauliflower pudding sounds weird, I understand! I laughed when I found this recipe, thinking it was like something a mad professor would make.
Cauliflower has a pretty distinctive taste (and smell) so I wondered how it could possibly be made into a pudding that would taste good. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I had to give it a go as it’s 100% gluten-free and sugar-free. I used hazelnut milk and Manuka honey to make my pudding and OMG – it’s fab. (I think the chocolatety flavour of the hazelnut milk disguised the cauliflower flavour) I will definitely be making this again.
I love a good curry! Maybe it was my trip to India as a teen that forged my love affair with the many and varied delights of Indian food. I’ve loved a flavoursome curry ever since. BUT – and it’s a big on, some of the ingredients that go into curries are far from healthy. Tasty I grant you, but enough to make your arteries quiver with fear.
This recipe for gluten-free aloo gobi (cauliflower curry) is delicious. I don’t eat potatoes any more, so I substituted sweet potatoes. This brings a wonderful sweetness to the curry – there are never any left overs in my house with this I adapted from the brilliant Manjula’s kitchen (my go to place for Indian dishes).
My best girlfriend introduced me to cauliflower rice when she invited me to dinner recently. We both follow a healthy grain-free eating plan and she wanted to show off her latest ‘find’. She served the cauliflower rice as an alternative to couscous, stirring in onions, garlic, mushrooms, chicken, shredded red peppers and a good splash of soy sauce. It was so good. I had to have the recipe and now I use it whenever I have the urge to cook rice or couscous. So far I’ve tried it with stir fries and curries. My son is happy to eat it too, which is the real acid test!
Seriously, when I first read about this I thought I was dreaming (and I’d not been at the wine!) Cauliflower pizza? It sounded so weird but, as I LOVE pizza and have had to stop eating it due to gluten intolerance, I decided it had to be worth a try. I’m so glad I did, it’s my new non-guilty pleasure.
Another Indian healthy cauliflower recipe I love is for gluten-free roasted cauliflower, combining tasty (but not too hot) spices and a lovely crunchy texture. I skip the butter from this Jamie Oliver (love JO) recipe, and only use olive oil. A perfect light healthy snack or served to accompany a main dish. I like this roasted cauliflower with lamb curries but it’s become a bit of a traditional for us with roast chicken.
Cauliflower mash is a massive success in our family. It’s a delicious, creamy and gluten-free alternative to mashed potatoes and it is so easy to make (no potatoes to peel!). With grain mustard mixed in, it’s the perfect substitute for mash in the classic ‘sausages and mash’ that is my son’s favourite dinner.
Which healthy cauliflower recipes do you enjoy? I’d love to know.
I’m Coralie, a Harrogate based blogger and mum to the reluctant teen. A crafting and upcycling addict, lover of outdoor life, juicing and gin. I’m never far from a cup of tea…
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