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Sick Of Cauliflower Rice? Try These 9 Delicious Dishes Instead

For a long time, cauliflower has often been relegated to a corner of the produce aisle and overlooked in favor of more colorful and exotic options. But lately, this staple has stolen the spotlight thanks to its rad nutritional profile and mellow flavor. It’s full of fiber and vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium and choline, according to the . Plus, it’s a versatile vegetable that’s a healthy stand-in for mashed potatoes and rice.

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But if you think you can only roast, steam, or “rice” cauliflower, hold up. There are so many different things you can do with cauliflower beyond those three reliable, albeit boring, standbys. Because let's face it: There are only so many times you can eat riced cauliflower, no matter how delicious it is. Here are nine surprising, delicious ways to add more cauliflower to your diet, straight from nutritionists and food bloggers.

Make Waffles

Cauliflower waffles
Whitney English Tabaie

Cauliflower is the base for this savory waffle recipe from registered dietitian Whitney English Tabaie. She combines mashed cauliflower with cheddar, chives, and eggs for a low-cal, protein-packed creation, perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Related: 5 Fast-Food Breakfasts That Are Actually Good For You, According To Nutritionists

Rethink Your Focaccia

Cauliflower focaccia
Sonali Ruder

If you love the doughy focaccia at your favorite Italian restaurant, here’s a low-cal, gluten-free remake from Sonali Ruder, M.D., at The Foodie Physician. Add a cheesy topping and it’s a great appetizer.

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Add it to a smoothie

Don’t freak out, but cauliflower is the secret ingredient in this smoothie recipe from registered dietitian Lindsay Livingston at The Lean Green Bean. Frozen cauliflower is an easy way to bulk up your morning smoothie, and it doesn't have a strong flavor—meaning you won't taste it's there. Plus, it’s white so it won’t add a funny color to your blended drink.

This swap will make your smoothie so much more filling:

Bulk Up Your Bread

Cauliflower buns
Laura Peill

When you want to add more veggies to your diet but can’t quite give up your daily bread, try this. Nutritionist Laura Viand created these cauliflower buns, a great grain-free alternative for dinner rolls, burger buns, or sandwich bread.

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Use it as a Soup Base

Love creamy soups? Then this trick is for you. The rich texture and flavor of cauliflower makes a great base, but without the dairy. Try this Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Cauliflower Soup from Rebecca at Nourished. (Get great soup recipes for weight loss from .)

Make it a Taco

Everything tastes better in a taco, right? This taco recipe from Veggie Inspired is a healthy take on fish tacos, complete with super-crispy baked cauliflower in place of fried fish. Taco Tuesday, anyone?

Related: 6 Cauliflower Desserts You Have To Try

Sneak It Into Your Mac and Cheese

No one will notice the veggie base for this mac and cheese from Running in a Skirt. Just combine cheese with cauliflower puree and you have a gooey sauce that forgoes butter and flour.

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Make a Healthy Trade

Cauliflower bites
Alisa Fleming

If you’re a sucker for Chinese take-out, especially the sweet and spicy chicken, here’s a healthier option. This Sweet and Spicy Cauliflower Bites recipe from Go Dairy Free combines Korean and Chinese flavors and is dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free. Plus, it uses cauliflower instead of heavy fried chicken. It’s great as a side dish or, add tofu and voila—dinner!

Related: 15 Crazy Delicious Cauliflower Hacks to Help You Lose Weight

Reimagine Tater Tots

You loved them as a kid and now you can love them again. While these cauliflower tater tots from Meme Inge, R.D. at Living Well Kitchen don’t technically contain potatoes, they make a great snack or app.

Christine Yu Christine Yu is a freelance writer, yoga teacher, and avid runner who regularly covers health, fitness, nutrition, and wellness for outlets like Well + Good, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, and Outside.





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