5 Healthy Weeknight Meals Using Cauliflower

July 5, 2018

Cauliflower is absolutely everywhere these days. You can’t scroll through a food blog or Instagram feed without seeing a recipe for a cauli-crust pizza, cauliflower ‘rice’, or buffalo cauliflower ‘wings’! While it may be touted for its low-carb status, there’s whole lot more to ‘white broccoli’ than that. Read on to find out how to add this versatile and nutritious veggie into your regular dinner routine.

 

 

Cauliflower, a member of the cruciferous veggie family, is a real nutrition powerhouse. It's rich in phytochemicals, which help reduce your risk of chronic disease by neutralizing harmful free radicals in the body and reducing inflammation. In addition, cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C. In fact, just one cup of cauliflower provides 63% of your daily recommended intake, which can help you stay healthy during cold and flu season. Cauliflower is also a good source of folate, potassium, and vitamin K. Pretty impressive!

 

Cauliflower is an extremely versatile vegetable. It can be prepared simply by steaming, and is delicious when grilled or oven-roasted. Just drizzle with olive oil and season with your favourite spices before cooking for a flavourful side dish. Or have it raw with dip or hummus for a nutritious snack!

 

Add cauliflower into your diet this week for a nutrition boost. Need some inspo? Here are 5 healthy weeknight recipes using cauliflower:   

 

 

Because, Tacos...

 

Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos

We LOVE this recipe from Lentils.org. Cauliflower has a delicious and crispy texture when roasted, and using lentils as a vegetarian protein source make for a balanced, high fibre meal. 

 

 

For when you have leftover chicken...

 

Cheesy Tex-Mex Cauli Rice

 

 

This recipe from Delish is the perfect way to reinvent your boring chicken leftovers. Using riced cauliflower helps to keep this dish balanced by loading it with veggies, while taking advantage of high fibre beans and corn as a complex source of carbohydrate. We used frozen, pre-prepared riced cauliflower for convenience, and leftover rotisserie chicken for this quick weeknight meal. 

 

 

Because Salmon is so good for you...

 

Sheet Pan Salmon and Cauliflower with Spice Rub

 

 

The health benefits of omega-3 fats from fatty fish like salmon are well known, but not everyone loves the taste of it. We love this recipe from Tasty Seasons. The spice rub is a flavourful, lower sodium option to typical sauces used in salmon recipes, and it cooks in one sheet pan with cauliflower to cut down on dishes. 

 

 

For meatless Monday...

 

Quick Tofu Cauliflower Korma

 

 

This recipe from Yummy Beet is a flavourful korma dish that's perfect for a weeknight meal. You'll need an Immersion Blender to make it's thick and creamy sauce, but it otherwise comes together simply and in one pot. Not a tofu person? Don't be afraid, tofu picks up the flavours in the korma sauce, making it the perfect recipe for tofu beginners. 

 

 

For when you don't want to do dishes....

 

Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Foil Packs

 

 We love this recipe from Cooking Classy. Your entire meal cooks in a foil pack which cuts down on dishes, and using shrimp as a protein source makes for a quick cooking meal. We used pre-riced cauliflower for added convenience, making this the perfect weeknight meal for grilling season.

About the contributor...

Madeline is a student in the Food and Nutrition program at Ryerson University in Toronto (class of 2020). She has a previous degree in Health Studies from Queen’s University. She has a passion for plant-based, whole food eating and a keen interest in food intolerances and restrictive diets. Madeline plans to become a Registered Dietitian when she finishes school and hopes to help her clients discover the joys of healthy eating!

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