Full of nutrients, high in fiber, and low in carbs, cauliflower has become a staple dish on dinner tables up and down the country. As well as being great for your health, it’s also easy to prepare and can be served in a variety of different ways. If you want to do something a little different, take a look at these three cauliflower side dishes you need to make right now:
1. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
If you’re looking for a quick dish that takes minimal prep, this is the one for you. Perfect with this buffalo chicken recipe, you can add it to any meal to take your dinner to the next level. Simply toss some cauliflower florets with onion, garlic, oil, and thyme before seasoning with a little salt and pepper. Roast them for around 35-40 mins at 425° before sprinkling with parmesan and roasting for a further 10-12 minutes.
2. Cauliflower Steaks
For this recipe, take a medium cauliflower and cut vertically, leaving the stem intact, so that you’re left with medium to large steak-sized pieces. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet, add cauliflower steaks and turn regularly for approx. 5 minutes. Add another tablespoon of oil, along with salt and pepper to taste, before transferring your steaks to the oven. They’ll take around 8-12 minutes at 400° until they’re tender and delicious but you can test them with a knife or toothpick to ensure they’re ready to eat.
3. Cauliflower Rice
A dish that can be served with endless meals, from curries and chili to stir-fries and tacos, cauliflower rice is extremely easy to make and more delicious than you could imagine. Cut a large cauliflower into quarters and remove the inner stalk from each piece. Break florets apart and place them in a food processor. Using the blade attachment, pulse the florets for a second at a time until they’re the size of grains of rice. Remove any pieces that remain unprocessed and you have the perfect cauliflower rice.
You can serve cauliflower rice raw, so it’s the ideal addition to salads or lunchboxes. Alternatively, warm a tablespoon of butter or oil in a skillet, stir in the cauliflower rice, and add a little salt. Cover the skillet and cook until the rice is tender. This usually takes around 5-8 minutes but taste-test your rice to be sure. Serve straight away or allow it to cool before refrigerating. Alternatively, seal the rice in airtight containers and freeze for up to three months.
Make Cauliflower into a Family-Friendly Staple!
Whether you’re eager to increase the number of veggies you eat or you’re looking for a low carb alternative to rice, pasta, or couscous, cauliflower is a great option. As well as being delicious on its own, it works well with so many flavors that it’s the perfect addition to any meal. From spicy and rich marinades to zesty and tangy sauces, you can combine a wide array of ingredients to create your own take on these delicious cauliflower dishes.