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
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.
2. Low-Carb Cauliflower Crust Bread Sticks
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!
3. Cauliflower Bread Buns
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.
4. Low Carb Cauliflower Fried Rice
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.
5. Cauliflower Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
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.
6. Low-Carb Cauliflower Risotto
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!
7. Mexican Cauliflower Rice
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.
8. Cauliflower Pizza Crust
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.
9. Low-Carb Cauliflower Creamed Spinach
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.
10. Cauliflower Biscuits with Bacon & Jalapeno
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!
11. Cauliflower Flower Spicy Tuna Rolls
Fresh sushi and veggies lightens up this lunchtime favorite by substituting calorie packed sushi rice with flavored cauliflower rice.
12. Whole Roasted Cauliflower Cheese
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.
13. Cauliflower Waffles
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.
14. Easy Gluten Free Cauliflower Cheddar Pancakes
Not a waffle fan? These pancakes are sure to win you over. Make them extra thin and use them to make healthy breakfast wraps.
15. Cauliflower Biscuits
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.
16. Cauliflower Croque Monsier
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.
17. Cheese Mushroom and Spinach Cauliflower Crust Calzone
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.
18. Cauliflower Tikki Masala
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.
19. Kielbasa and Cauliflower Stir Fry
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.
20. Vegan Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs
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.