18 Dinners That Start With Frozen Cauliflower
We've come to know cauliflower as the super-versatile veg that works overtime as a low-carb alternative to rice, potatoes, and even pizza crust. But keep a couple of bags of cauliflower in the freezer at all times, and you'll realize how much of a staple it is. When you're fresh out of dinner ideas, let these recipes with frozen cauliflower inspire you.
Easy Baked Tilapia
This one-pan dish takes just five minutes (!) of prep time. If you don't have frozen mixed veggies, frozen cauliflower is all you really need.
Keto Turkey-Stuffed Peppers
No cauliflower rice? No problem. Microwave a bag of frozen cauliflower per the instructions on the bag. Once it's done, squeeze the bag over the sink a few times to release some of the liquid. (You don't want watery rice!) Then, pulse the cauliflower in the food processor until it reaches a rice-like texture. This doesn't take long, so be careful not to puree it!
Healthy Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower Mash
It doesn't matter whether you're using frozen riced cauliflower (as the recipe calls for) or whole florets. You'll puree it all the same to create this casserole's buttery topping.
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"Of all the variations of 'fake mashed potatoes' cauliflower recipes I've tried, this is one of the best. Most are good, but most aren't quite as sturdy as you'd want your 'mashed potatoes' to be. This recipe, however, takes care of that issue by essentially drying them out with extra cooking time once combined with the other ingredients," says reviewer naples34102. "That step and probably the Parmesan cheese, too, made all the difference." Try it with grilled steaks or a London broil.
Creamy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Frozen cauliflower bulks up this flavorful butter chicken, but the spices and creamy sauce are the real MVPs of this dish. Serve it with rice.
Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole
"This was a very good vegetable dish. Very flavorful! I did substitute frozen (thawed) cauliflower for the convenience of it," Tricia Bentz says. You're steaming the cauliflower whether it's fresh or frozen, so go ahead and follow suit.
Beer Cheese Soup III
Cauliflower Rice Stroganoff
Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry
"This makes three large portions suitable for a main meal," says France C. "I ended up cooking the cauliflower in two batches. Otherwise my large pan was too crowded, and the veggies were just steaming as opposed to frying. I did this over high heat. I topped it with fresh green onion. A healthy low-carb alternative to fried rice that I'll be making again!"
Twice Baked Cauliflower with Bacon
Turning frozen cauliflower into this cheesy twice-baked dish takes just 35 minutes. Mashed potatoes, who?
Instant Pot® Vegetarian White "Chicken" Chili
"The cauliflower breaks down, so if you stir it quite a bit after it is finished, it does help 'thicken' it. But if you want a chili-like consistency, I recommend reducing the broth to 2 cups," reviewer Soup Loving Nicole says. "This soup was simple to make and had great flavor. I prefer soup consistency over chili, but even I will cut down on the broth next time."
Chicken, Broccoli, and 'Rice' Casserole
"This is a recipe that uses riced cauliflower rather than real rice. Since I have diabetes, I needed a good, hearty, low-carb casserole that my whole family would love. This was it! They do not miss the rice," recipe creator Ginn says.
Cauliflower Rice (Biryani-Style)
Aromatic Indian spices transform cauliflower rice into this five-star dish. Make it a meal with boiled egg, avocado, or the toppings of your choice. Feel free to use frozen cauliflower rice or frozen florets. Just heat it up first, Allrecipes user SADS says.
Daddy's Sloppy Soup
"Awesome! My husband and children all loved this recipe. Instead of using only corn, I used mixed veggies and it was just as good. I will definitely remake this again!" — tracewatt4
Slow Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole
Cheesy Cauliflower Risotto with Bacon
Parmesan and heavy cream thicken this decadent recipe for cauliflower risotto, which averages a five-star rating.
"They were delicious, and I will definitely make them again. I also cheated a little and started with frozen, riced cauliflower," says reviewer susanjinx, who also added garlic and used olive oil in place of cooking spray.
Absolute Best Potato Casserole
Cauliflower makes a seamless addition to layers of potatoes, onion, and ham. Because Swiss and Cheddar cheese can be mild, some reviewers recommend spicing up the dish with cayenne, paprika, or black pepper.