Cauliflower...the Chameleon in the Kitchen

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-04-15 20:27:32 -0500
Started 2015-04-07 06:01:11 -0500

I have always enjoyed cauliflower and now, I use it more than ever in all kinds of ways. I found this neat slide show on different ways you can substitute cauliflower for many of the foods you have given up. Things like mashed cauliflower most people are aware of, but how about cauliflower "fried rice" or cauliflower gnocchi? Just click on the one you would like to try and the recipe will come up.

What are some ways you use cauliflower or other food substitutes?

34 replies

BigAl Sonoma
BigAl Sonoma 2015-04-14 21:50:43 -0500 Report

Thanks for the link. Some of these recipes look good but I would like to point out that the evidence that saturated fats contribute to insulin resistance should give one pause before putting milk, sour cream and butter in their mashed cauliflower, or any dish for that matter. Sweat some finely chopped white onion in a non-stick skillet, then add a touch of veggie broth and cracked pepper to the mix once you've got them mashed and you won't miss the dairy!

BigAl Sonoma
BigAl Sonoma 2015-04-14 22:25:39 -0500 Report

My own evidence. Three months on a sat fat free diet has helped me reduce the amount of insulin I use, and what I do use is more effective. My A1C is lower than expected, my kidneys, liver and other vitals all functioning within normal parameters, fasting glucose well below 140, 20 minutes of walking brought my sugar down from 214 to 90 in less time insulin would have. I've also dropped 34 lbs with very little effort.

haoleboy 2015-04-14 22:43:14 -0500 Report

Fair enough … my experience with a low carb (<50 g per day) high-fat diet is a 165 pound weight loss, normalized cholesterol ratios (off statins) and blood pressure. A1c of 5.8 (10.0 at dx)

BigAl Sonoma
BigAl Sonoma 2015-04-14 23:04:22 -0500 Report

I would ask what kind of exercise do you get. Is it low carb or low impact carb? Diets high in fiber may have carbs but the impact carbs are greatly reduced. What fats are you eating? Also do you have a healthy liver, do you consume alcohol, how much exercise do you get, etc. I had similar results on the Atkins plan but I could never get past the induction phase. So my last question is how long have you been on it? Congratulations on the weight loss, you must have really been big, and my experience has also been that the bigger the person, the faster their body loses the weight through the workout they get just from moving around.

haoleboy 2015-04-14 23:31:44 -0500 Report

I walk 1 -2 miles everyday. Lifti weights daily as well as lots of planking and ab crunches,
I eat 50 total carbs per day and yes I eat a high fiber diet. I plenty of bacon, eggs cheeses and other dairy as well fatty fish such as sardines, tuna, herring and anchovies. Liver and kidney function are normal and I do not smoke or drink.
I eat only between the hours of 1 pm and 9 pm fasting at least 16 hours everyday and fast 24 hours once each week (thinking of increasing to two 24 hour fasts per week).
I have been on my current 'diet' about a year now … previously was not fasting and staying at 100 carbs per day.
I am 6' and was 325 pounds. My lowest weight was 158 and right now I am 172 with 15% body fat.

I lost the sight in my left eye about 4 years ago, have early signs of retinopathy in my right eye. Suffered a stroke 2 years ago and have severe notor and sensory neuropathy in my feet and legs. Oddly all my complications have occured while maintaining an A1c at or below 6.0 (past 7 years)

BigAl Sonoma
BigAl Sonoma 2015-04-15 17:53:07 -0500 Report

Interesting. Thank you for sharing. With all due respect, you honestly don't think your stroke and health problems are connected to eating meat and dairy? Sure you've lost weight, but you seem boggled that your complications happened while maintaining a normal A1C. Not starting an argument here, just trying to understand.

haoleboy 2015-04-15 20:27:32 -0500 Report

There is no scientific reason to believe that consumption of meat and/or dairy contribute to any of my health issues. I have always eaten very little meat (mostly fish and chicken) nor have I ever consumed large amounts of dairy. If I had to blame anything a diet way too high in carbohydrates would be my #1 choice as the culprit. Having spent a good portion of my life in Hawaii rice was a part of every meal for many, many meals (a sucker for pasta too).
"Amused" by the fact my complications occurred after I gained control of my diabetes is more accurate

rolly123 2015-04-08 16:16:11 -0500 Report

I love califlower i had last night stewed tomatoe red yellow pepper onions mushroom and crushed tomatoe all together had can bean sprouts and califlower on side poured tomatoe veg sauce over bean sprout was great and filling

GabbyPA 2015-04-08 05:44:33 -0500 Report

Thank you who ever fixed my spelling of Chameleon....I could not get it for the life of me!

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-08 09:14:36 -0500 Report

LMAO…oh how I wish I had "those" powers..There has been way to many times when I have posted something only to go back and read it and give myself an epic face palm…did you SEE the way I spelled Dentist…ta hee hee..

GabbyPA 2015-04-08 10:28:18 -0500 Report

Spelling is not my forte, and when the computer can't even figure out what I'm trying to spell, it's really sad. My other issue is that my fingers get way ahead of my brain and I get all the letters but just not in the right order. I don't see those often, because the letters are there...I can read it.

JSJB 2015-04-08 05:13:48 -0500 Report

Never did like couliflower and broccoli but now no matter what I eat I put in one or both. It is funny that the foods that I couldn't stand eating I am enjoying.

handmashed 2015-04-07 22:24:47 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby~ I just wanted to share that I also make crackers with cauliflower… just bake on parchment, both sides!! and put in dehydrator for 6 hours.

jayabee52 2015-04-07 19:01:17 -0500 Report

Gabby' These look marvelous as a way to use cauliflower. Looks as If I'll need to make these for my menus

mac13155 2015-04-07 15:47:10 -0500 Report

I don't like cooked cauliflower at least any way I have tried it but I'm going to look at the website I might find something I like

Pegsy 2015-04-07 15:08:31 -0500 Report

I like cauliflower raw with Ranch dip or steamed with cheese. I've tried it as a sub for rice and mashed potatoes but that just didn't do it for me.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-07 14:21:26 -0500 Report

I love cauliflower…always have…I love it roasted with olive oil and garlic…love it pureed like mashed potatoes…and love love love using it raw with dips…something I use to do with baby carrots but don't anymore because of the carbs…I am going to try a new recipe this week for a cauliflower bake…with cheese and bacon…come on!!!…That HAS to be good…

GabbyPA 2015-04-08 05:39:44 -0500 Report

I have found a new roasting combo...I use almond oil and cherrywood smoked salt...OMG...I love it.

RebDee 2015-04-07 20:39:32 -0500 Report

Jerry Seinfeld's wife wrote a cookbook where she disguised vegetables so that her children would eat them. She mashed cauliflower into her mashed potatoes (actually more c than p) and the kids loved it. I tried it on my children and they also loved it until they found out what I was doing then rebelled.

GabbyPA 2015-04-08 05:40:57 -0500 Report

Funny how they like something until you tell them what's in it. I have to do this with my husband. Now he asks before he eats a new food on his plate and I suck at lying...his loss.

RebDee 2015-04-07 13:24:57 -0500 Report

I've always liked cauliflower but Stonefire Grill started making Roasted Cauliflower with onions and garlic. Now I make it at home. The whole cauliflower, tuck onions and garlic in the folds. Roast. DELICIOUS.

Thanks Gabby, I am going to this site you sent to find out other recipes for cauliflower.

haoleboy 2015-04-07 11:47:35 -0500 Report

I have always preferred my cauliflower raw (and eat it often that way)… only exception is occasionally steamed with cheese sauce.
I've tried many of the substitutions but found them all to be pale imitations at best.

TRay043 2015-04-07 10:40:34 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby, timely article and link as I have started to use more and more cauliflower into my meal planning.

CoralFaye 2015-04-07 07:38:40 -0500 Report

Gabby, thank you so much for sharing this. One of the challenges I am facing is reducing fat, but not flavor in my foods. I am also just learning about carb counting, and I think cauliflower is one of the ways to do that.

locarbarbie 2015-04-07 06:10:48 -0500 Report

I have been meaning to try cauliflower pizza crust, tortillas and fried rice. I do make cream of cauliflower soup which is so quick, easy, filling and delicious. I also LOVE "faux-tato salad.

RebDee 2015-04-07 13:27:28 -0500 Report

So Barbie: where is the recipes for the cauliflower soup, faux-tato salad, and the cauliflower substitution for crust, tortillas, and fried rice. They sound great. Have you put the recipes on the recipe portion of DC?

locarbarbie 2015-04-07 17:34:52 -0500 Report

Reb, no I have not posted these recipes. I seldom measure anything, just toss in this and that so have no actual recipes to share for the soup or salad. Next time I make them, I will jot down the amounts and post them at that time. In the meantime…Soup, saute a small onion, and a clove or two of garlic in coconut oil til soft. Cut up a large cauliflower and add to pot with onions. Add chicken broth/stock to cover about 2/3 of the cauliflower. Toss in a chopped carrot. Simmer til easy to poke with a fork. In batches, puree the veggies with liquid. I usually puree the whole thing but you can leave some florets for texture if you like.Season with sea salt and pepper. You could also top with shredded cheddar, bacon bits, hot sauce etc.

For the "faux" tato salad: Basically substitute cauliflower for potato in you favorite recipe for potato salad. Cut florets and add to pot with enough water to steam. When firm, yet tender…remove and drain. While hot, sprinkle cauliflower with a mixture of 2 TBSP cider vinegar mixed with stevia ( or your choice of sweetener) to make sweet/sour. Toss gently. While cooling, chop 1 stalk of celery fine and 2-3 TBSP onion chopped fine, add mayo, a squirt of mustard, salt and pepper and pickle relish and 2 chopped hard boiled eggs. Add mixture to cauliflower and chill. Hope this helps!

RebDee 2015-04-08 13:40:58 -0500 Report

Thanks Barbie: I just love recipes where once I know the ingredients, I can just throw in whatever amount I would like for myself. Can't wait to try fautato salad.