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How To Substitute Cauliflower -- Deliciously -- For Just About Everything You Eat

08/19/2014 07:00 am ET | Updated Aug 21, 2014

There's a little, cruciferous vegetable in town that can be substituted into virtually any dish. This food turns pasta gluten-free, pizzas low-carb and cereal Paleo.

The oft-overlooked vegetable gives the potato and even chicken a run for its money, and those with a restricted diet will relish the possibilities cauliflower presents. Once you discover cauliflower's shapeshifting powers, you won't be able to imagine eating any of your favorites without it.

  • Rice is nice. Cauliflower rice is more nice.
    Julie's Jazz
    There's just so much you can eat atop your cauliflower rice. We say mix in some heirloom tomatoes and get a little creamy with this Mini Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes with Creamy Cauliflower Rice recipe by Julie's Jazz.
  • ...And it's great in sushi.
    Whole Hearted Eats
    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.
  • Use cauliflower in place of potatoes for your breakfast hash.
    An Edible Mosaic
    This Cauliflower Hash recipe by An Edible Mosaic replaces the typical potato with cauliflower for a less carby, delicious egg dish.
  • Make a cauliflower-crusted quiche.
    Fresh April Flours
    What makes this quiche so quiche? It's the cauliflower crust. Get the Cheesy Vegetable Quiche With Cauliflower Crust from Fresh April Flours and you'll understand what we mean.
  • Whip up a thick and creamy Paleo breakfast cereal with the help of this little vegetable.
    The Healthy Foodie
    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.
  • Nix the carb-laden crust for some cauliflower pizza crust instead.
    Culinary Ginger
    You might be skeptical about eating pizza crust made from cauliflower, but listen here: The substitution lets pizza's true stars -- the sauce and the cheese -- shine. You might find you like this crust's texture more than the cardboardy type you're used to. Try this Cauliflower Crust Tomato Basil Pizza recipe by Culinary Ginger.
  • Get cheesy up in here.
    Domesticate-Me
    Mac and cheese can actually be made without the mac. We couldn't believe it at first, either. Add in some protein and try this Cauliflower Mac And Cheese With Chicken Sausage recipe from Domesticate-Me.
  • Latkes have met their match: Fry up some cauliflower pancake fritters.
    Skinny Taste
    Cauliflower fritters are potato pancakes' just-as-tasty cousin. Try the Cauliflower Fritters recipe by Skinny Taste.
  • Mashed Potatoes Cauliflower
    A Sweet Pea Chef
    Lovely cauliflower does it again and lightens up this classic side dish. Get the Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes" recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef.
  • Make gluten-free cauliflower couscous.
    Food52
    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 are the new tater-tots, you just didn't know it until now.
    Table
    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.
  • Sneak cauliflower into cookies.
    The Smart Cookie Blog
    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.
  • Serve cheesy buffalo wings without any chicken.
    Jessica In The Kitchen
    No, cauliflower doesn't have wings, but you won't mind pretending when you plunge the crispy, cheese-encrusted vegetable into your favorite dipping sauce. Try these Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings by Jessica In The Kitchen.

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