By Carl Hanson
January 04, 2015
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Undercover cauliflower

Yes, it's undercover cauliflower, caught in a dozen delicious disguises. These clever recipes replace starchy potatoes, refined flour, and white rice with delicious, nutritious cauliflower. Looking for what to cook with cauliflower? Here are a dozen ideas for cauliflower that will keep dinner interesting and exciting.

"A great way to add some zip to your cauliflower. This recipe is low-carb and resembles a loaded potato! Very unique and down right tasty!" says BOOKCHICKADEE.

Loaded Cauliflower | Photo by lutzflcat

"This recipe is unbelievable," says volleyballmom. "I served it to two cauliflower non-lovers and didn't tell them what it was until they were finished raving about it. I wasn't sure that straight veggies and pork was going to be enough for my big boys, so I made some rice anyways to add to the dish. The rice is now in my freezer." Also, check out these 4 easy ways to rice cauliflower in 5 minutes.

Cauliflower Fried Rice | Photo by bd.weld

Oh, cauliflower, you've outdone yourself. Among the interesting things to do with cauliflower, pizza crust must rank among the most outrageous. Now, the texture isn't identical to pizza crust. But this crust is delicious in its own right, and a healthier delivery system for pizza toppings. The key is to squeeze out all the moisture from the cooked cauliflower before baking.

"This is 'wow' on the tongue!" says lisandreasings. "A very flexible recipe — I can see adding leftover mashed potatoes, kale, or artichoke hearts to the mix. Phenomenal with aioli garlic mustard sauce." For more, check out our 7 Best Crispy Cauliflower Cakes.

Cauliflower Fritters | Photo by Snacking in the Kitchen

Finally, a steak both paleo people and vegans can devour. Pair these oven-roasted "steaks" with a simple lemon-garlic sauce; chimichurri; or roasted cherry tomatoes, sliced green olives, and feta. See how to slice cauliflower steaks tor roasting.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Photo by bd.weld

Get ready for tots without the taters! Steam tiny cauliflower florets then add bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, egg, and simple seasonings. Form this tasty mixture into tiny tots, then bake until golden brown.

Like a creamy potato salad, this crafty cauliflower side is loaded up with pickle relish, hard-boiled eggs, tangy mustard, and mayo.

Low Carb Fauxtato Salad | Photo by Paula

Cauliflower goes to the movies...deep undercover. "I have tried a few roasted cauliflower recipes on this site," says bd.weld. "And this one is the easiest and tastiest."

Cauliflower Popcorn | Photo by bd.weld

A low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes, this creamy cauliflower mash is a smash hit. It's a healthy side that takes just minutes to make.

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower | Photo by lutzflcat

"This is a great substitution for buffalo wings," says ddmama. "Can be made gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian. Make sure to coat your cookie sheet well with oil or they will stick. Husband and kids give this two thumbs up! Dip this in ranch or blue cheese for even more added flavor, but it doesn't need it."

Photo by Snacking in the Kitchen

"Cauliflower takes the place of potatoes in this low-carb version of hash browns," says Elizabeth. "The browns are held together with sharp Cheddar cheese."

Photo by Elizabeth

"Skip the chips and use slabs of roasted cauliflower instead," says LauraF. "I opted for these toppings because they were balanced and played well off each other, but you can change them up as you please."

Photo by Laura F

Chicken and rice is a classic Latin American dish. Here the combo gets the cauliflower treatment. "Peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and cilantro are processed into tiny pieces and form this recipe base," says Bibi. "Try this easy sofrito chicken and cauli-rice for dinner, soon! Garnish with capers and fresh parsley."

Photo by Bibi

A BLT with avocado pizza on a cauliflower crust! "Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado combine for a twist on gluten-free pizza that explodes with crispy texture and fresh flavors," says Angela Sackett.

Photo by Kim's Cooking Now

OK, just this once, you can play with your food.

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