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20 Tasty Ways to Use Cauliflower to Avoid Carbs

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Jacqueline PaumierGuest Blogger
September 13, 2016 · 3.9k Views

We all want to look and feel our best. That is until we realize we have to give up foods like pizza, pasta, and bread...then suddenly we're okay sticking with our mom jeans. Fortunately, you can watch your waistline without having to sacrifice all of your favorite foods. If you haven't tried substituting cauliflower for some of your carb-loaded favorites, be prepared for your life to change. Not only is cauliflower low in calories and bursting with nutrients, but it's also capable of mimicking our not-so-healthy favorite comfort foods. We've gathered up some of our favorite "carb replacing" cauliflower recipes so you can enjoy being healthy without all the sacrifice.  

 Test out all the delicious recipes below, and who knows - you might convert to cauliflower to replace carbs entirely. Check out our coupon pages for Sprouts Farmers Market, Costco, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Safeway to see all the ways you can save on your groceries.


1. Low-Carb Cauliflower “Potato” Salad

Source: skinnymom.com

A summertime favorite that is practically irresistible, save on those starchy potato carbs by substituting delicious roasted cauliflower in this recipe by Skinny Mom. For an even lighter salad, use Greek yogurt instead of mayo.

Recipe from Skinny Mom


2. Low-Carb Cauliflower Crust Bread Sticks

Source: gimmedelicious.com

Delicious garlicky breadsticks that won’t fill out your waistline? Sign us up. Get that same doughy goodness without all the carbs. Don’t forget a side of ranch for dipping!

Recipe from Gimme Delicious Food.


3. Cauliflower Bread Buns

Source: kirbiecravings.com

These bread buns can be used for anything from your morning avocado toast to holding your favorite veggie burgers. Their also incredibly easy to make.

Recipe from Kirbie’s Cravings.


4. Low Carb Cauliflower Fried Rice

Source: glutenfreeonashoestring.com

Eating clean is hard, especially when you have to give up take-out favorites like egg fried rice. Try this Cauliflower fried rice substitute that’s so amazing you won’t even miss the real thing.

Recipe from Gluten Free on a Shoestring.


5. Cauliflower Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Source: kirbiecravings.com

Grilled cheese is a child hood favorites and when the weather is warm or you just need some extra comfort, it’s the perfect choice. Keep the flavor and save the carbs with this satisfying Cauliflower Grilled Cheese recipe.

Recipe from Kirbie’s Cravings.

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6. Low-Carb Cauliflower Risotto

Source: amuse-your-bouche.com

Creamy risotto is a real crowd pleaser, unless that crowd is trying to watch what they eat. Make a dinner that you and your guest can enjoy guilt-free with Cauliflower Risotto. Word of advice: Make sure you make extra for lunch the next day!

Recipe from Amuse Your Bouche.


7. Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Source: eatwithinyourmeans.com

Looking for something healthy to help fill that veggie burrito? Skip the rice and go for Cauliflower rice with that same “south of the border” flavor you crave.

Recipe from Eat Within Your Means.


8. Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Source: dearcrissy.com

This recipe is perfect for the whole family, and is definitely one to try out on a Friday night! Let the kids top their own pizza and love the fact that they’re enjoying something that’s actually good for them.

Recipe from Dear Crissy.


9. Low-Carb Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

Source: livingchirpy.com

Sometimes a heavier meal needs a lighter side that’s still filling. Try out this reinvented classic when you are looking to squeeze some extra veggies into dinner.

Recipe from Living Chirpy.


10. Cauliflower Biscuits with Bacon & Jalapeno

Source: fastpaleo.com

These can easily be made in advance and baked in the oven when you’re ready for something spicy. Plus, you can never go wrong with bacon!

Recipe from Fast Paleo.

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11. Cauliflower Flower Spicy Tuna Rolls

Source: wickedspatula.com

Fresh sushi and veggies lightens up this lunchtime favorite by substituting calorie packed sushi rice with flavored cauliflower rice.

Recipe from Wicked Spatula.


12. Whole Roasted Cauliflower Cheese

Source: amuse-your-bouche.com

Another filling side dish that will leave you feel full and satisfied! Skip the carb filled mac and cheese and try this creamy, cheesy recipe instead.

Recipe from Amuse Your Bouche.


13. Cauliflower Waffles

Source: kirbiecravings.com

These waffles are perfect served with sweet or savory toppings. Make a whole batch at the beginning of the week for a quick breakfast when you’re on the go.

Recipe from Kirbie’s Cravings.


14. Easy Gluten Free Cauliflower Cheddar Pancakes

Source: fearlessdining.com

Not a waffle fan? These pancakes are sure to win you over. Make them extra thin and use them to make healthy breakfast wraps.

Recipe from Fearless Dining.


15. Cauliflower Biscuits

Source: ifoodreal.com

Need to replace those heavy dinner rolls? This biscuit dough can be used during any meal and can easily customized for a variety of flavor combinations.

Recipe from ifoodreal.

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16. Cauliflower Croque Monsier

Source: alldayidreamaboutfood.com

This classic French sandwich gets a clean eating make over in this simple and creative recipe. Try it out next time you’re craving an old school ham and cheese sandwich.

Recipe from All Day I Dream About Food.


17. Cheese Mushroom and Spinach Cauliflower Crust Calzone

Source: theironyou.com

Remember hot pockets? Those bad boys were horrible for your health, but boy were they good. Try this healthy, grown-up version filled with spinach and mushrooms.

Recipe from The Iron You.


18. Cauliflower Tikki Masala

Source: vegetariangastronomy.com

Spicy, bold, Indian flavors make this the kind of dish you will want to make at least once a week. Try preparing for guests when you’re looking to serve something healthy and exotic.

Recipe from Vegetarian Gastronomy.


19. Kielbasa and Cauliflower Stir Fry

Source: centercutcook.com

Kielbasa is typically served with potatoes and sauerkraut, but this dish delivers the same flavor with a lot less carbs. Try it out with a little horseradish for an extra kick.

Recipe from Center Cut Cook.


20. Vegan Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs

Source: thealmondeater.com

Lighten up any pasta dish by serving up these vegan meatballs, instead of the traditional bread crumb filled recipe. The addition of superfood quinoa makes this recipe a low-carb all star.

Recipe from The Almond Eater.


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Jacqueline is a modern day gypsy, who has lived in several countries and has traveled to over 20. A sucker for all things pleasing to the senses; her world revolves around food (any and all food), foreign indie films, and salsa music. The first to jump off a waterfall and the last to say no to sushi, she has been described as a bit of an “extremist”. In her perfect world, no one ever spells “cool” as “kool” and Ryan Gosling has more tattoos. She enjoys spending her free time in her New Orleans home with her Cubano guitarist husband and 1-year-old son.