Your Favorite Comfort Foods Reimagined (with Cauliflower)

Cauliflower
Photo Credit: Half Baked Harvest

December 8, 2020

By Sheela Prakash

It can be rice, it can be gnocchi, it can be “cream” sauce — cauliflower has earned its reputation as the wunderkind of the vegetable world. One of our very favorite things that cauliflower can morph into? Your favorite comfort foods. In these five cauliflower recipes, everyone’s favorite low-carb sweetheart steps up to the plate to make healthier burgers, vegify your taco night, and put a plant-based twist on butter chicken.

1. Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower from Half Baked Harvest

If your go-to order at your fave Indian restaurant is butter chicken, you’ll want to make this plant-based twist ASAP. The flavorful, fragrant sauce is loaded with great-for-you ingredients like fresh ginger, turmeric, and garam masala. Plus, thanks to a clever shortcut using the broiler, it’s on the table in 30 minutes.

Photo Credit: The Modern Proper

2. Roasted Cauliflower Tacos from The Modern Proper

Tossing cauliflower florets with taco seasoning and roasting them until they’re crisp on the outside, tender inside, is the key to successfully veg-ifying your taco night. The dreamy avocado crema with garlic, lime juice and cilantro is a must.

Cauliflower parmesan
Photo credit: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

3. Cauliflower Parmesan from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Step aside, eggplant parm—cauliflower is about to give that old favorite a refresh. In this recipe, you cut cauliflower into thick, steak-like slices for meatiness, and bread it with seasoned almond flour, so it’s also low on empty carbs and gluten-free. It’s satisfyingly sauce-y and cheesy.

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Photo Credit: Vegan Huggs

4. BBQ Cauliflower Wings from Vegan Huggs

Crispy, tangy wings are a game-day must. And now you can have your wings and eat your vegetables too. First, you’ll dip florets in a quick batter and bread them with a mix of always-in-the-pantry ingredients. Then, pop them in the oven. A light brushing with BBQ sauce keeps them crisp — and you could whip up a quick homemade ranch for dipping to make them extra special.

Spicy cauliflower burger
Photo credit: Pinch of Yum

5. Spicy Cauliflower Burger from Pinch of Yum

In these next-level burgers, cauliflower joins forces with protein-rich quinoa, with shredded pepper jack cheese for heat and rich flavor. Eggs and ground almonds add even more protein. Bonus: This recipe makes 10 burgers, so you can freeze some for future veggie burger emergencies.