How to Replace Starch with Cauliflower

Are you tired of the cauliflower craze yet? If you are, I bet you’re not using this humble vegetable to the best of its ability. Cauliflower is extraordinarily versatile and can be used in a number of fun and creative ways. Replacing starch, i.e. potatoes, with cauliflower can save you carbs and make cooking even more fun in the process. Plus, swapping out cauliflower for other ingredients is a great way to get in some extra vegetable goodness. They’re full of vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients as well! Even you folks who hate cauliflower will love the ideas below, we promise!

 

PIZZA CRUST

Yeah, yeah, I know you THINK that you’ve seen cauliflower pizza crust before but what about Cauliflower Pizza MUFFINS, or even a calzone? These are two fun ways to work cauliflower into your pizza craving.

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CASSEROLES

Did you know that cauliflower makes an awesome casserole base? The options are endless flavor wise but here’s some ideas to get those creative juices flowing:

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“POTATO SALAD”

Ah, a summertime staple to any good BBQ, potato salad is a total crowd pleaser. Next time though, try switching up the potatoes for cauliflower, your guests won’t know the difference!

Recipe: Cauliflower “Potato” Salad

 

TORTILLAS

For all your taco needs be sure to try your hand at making some low-carb cauliflower tortillas! Be sure to check out our recipe for Slow Cooker Peach BBQ Chicken Tacos which would work perfectly with these!

Recipe: Paleo Cauliflower Tortillas

 

RICE

Besides the traditional plain cauliflower rice that everyone’s known about for years there’s a ton of ways to spice things up in the “rice” department! You can rice your own just using a food processor but we like to take the easy route and use Trader Joe’s frozen cauliflower!

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NACHOS

Who doesn’t love Nachos? Try these Cauliflower nachos for a fun weeknight dinner or as a game-day appetizer!

Recipe: Cauliflower Nachos

Need Paleo topping ideas? We’ve gotcha covered:

  • Salsa + guacamole
  • Shredded chicken, grilled shrimp, or ground beef
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced onion or grilled onions + peppers
  • Black olives
  • Diced Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapenos

 

MASHED “POTATOES”

No holiday is complete without a vat of mashed potatoes but if you’re trying to keep to a low or low(ish) carb diet this classic dish will be a no-no. Try swapping in mashed cauliflower instead! You’ll still get your fix for the creamy and fluffy vegetable side but you’ll save some extra room for something a little more fun than mashed potatoes.

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So tell us, what’s your favorite replacement idea? We’re voting for casseroles! Do you have another fun idea we didn’t cover? Let us know in the comments as well!



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