Here’s a little trick, use smoked paprika to get the smokey taste of bacon without the mess, fat or calories. Also great to use in vegetarian dishes. I used it here with this roasted Cauliflower to enhance the roasted taste and add some depth of flavor.
Smokey Roasted Cauliflower
1 head cauliflower broken into florets
1-2 T olive oil ( or substitute your favorite oil)
1 T lemon juice
1/2 t salt
1/2 t-1t smoked paprika
Preheat your oven to 400. Toss Cauliflower with oil and lemon juice until well coated. then sprinkle on salt and paprika and toss again. lay on a baking sheet and put in the oven. cook for about 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft and starts to brown.
My husband is back on the low carb diet so I am back to being creative with cauliflower. This hand mashed cauliflower has the same texture and flavors of a risotto without the rice and carbs. I don’t even think my kids noticed the difference.
Parmesan and Cauliflower “Risotto”
1 head cauliflower cut into florets
1/2 c ricotta cheese
3 T- 1/4 c cream
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
juice of 1/2 lemon ( about 2 T)
salt and pepper
Steam or cook cauliflower until fork tender. Drain excess water, Add to a med sized pot and hand mash with a potato masher. Add ricotta, lemon juice, cream (start with 3 T and add more if needed) stir in Parmesan cheese and add salt and pepper to taste. Heat over low until heated through.
Here is a close up of the texture. If you prefer a puree of cauliflower instead just add to a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.
Yes I am mean, this is what I tried to serve my husband and kids as so called wings. But guess what it was delicious, maybe not low fat but it sure is healthier than regular buffalo wings and if you don’t over think it , it tastes pretty similar. The heat and crunch are there and dip anything in blue cheese and its a winner. Mix it up this Super Bowl and try this, perfect for vegetarians and dieters.
3 T butter
2 T hot sauce
1 head cauliflower , cut into florets
blue cheese dressing (optional)
Met butter in a pan
add hot sauce and stir over med high heat. Add cauliflower and saute for about 4 minutes, until coated, but still crunchy.
Sprinkle with salt. Serve with blue cheese dressing
It is soup weather, this decadent, silky soup is great for guests and kids.
2 T butter
1 cup chopped leeks
1/2 c chopped celery
2 garlic cloves chopped
1 head of cauliflower, chopped
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 c half and half
1/2 t salt
white pepper to taste
2 c shredded smoked Gouda cheese
melt butter in a large pot or dutch oven, add leeks, celery and garlic, saute until leeks and celery are soft, about 8 minutes, add cauliflower and saute for 2 minutes more.
add broth and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. Puree mixture in a large blender. Return to pot add cream, 1 1/2 c cheese, salt and pepper. cook over low until cheese is melted. Ladle into bowls and garnish with remaining cheese.
Cauliflower replaces the higher carb potatoes or grits in this easy cheesy casserole.
Twice Baked Cauliflower
1 1/2 heads of Cauliflower, cut into large pieces
1/4 c water
1/4 c cream
4 oz cream cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 T butter
1/4 t cayenne pepper, 1/4 t salt
1/8 t black pepper
2 eggs (beaten)
6 strips of cooked bacon crumbled
Place cauliflower and water in a large pot, bring to a boil reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook for about 7-10 minute or until cauliflower is soft. Drain Water. Add cream and butter. Using a hand held blender, puree the cauliflower until smooth. (you could mash, use a blender of food processor too)
Mix in cream cheese, cheddar, salt, cayenne and pepper. Add in eggs. Pour into a large baking pan and top with cooked bacon (omit for a vegetarian option).
Bake at 350 for about 30 min.
Trying to get kids and some adults to eat vegetables can be tricky. Trying to limit you carbs and find hearty, comforting, side dishes can be challenging. Mixing up your week night dinners and getting out of a rut can be tiring. This recipe solves all of these problem and is quick and easy, and I even like it better than mashed potatoes.
Mashed Broccoli and Cauliflower
16 oz of broccoli and cauliflower florets (I bought them already mixed in a bag at my supermarket)
1 oz cream cheese (from the brick, not soft)
1/2 tsp salt
2T half and half or milk
Steam broccoli and cauliflower until soft, you could use a microwave steam bag or steamer ( you could even boil it in a small amount of water). Add cooked veggies, cream cheese, salt and half and half to a food processor and pulse until “mashed”, mash by hand if you don’t have a food processor, it just may be slightly chunkier. Serve, see I told you it was easy. Try doing cauliflower or broccoli solo too.