14 Tasty cauliflower recipes for every part of the meal

Aug 28, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. ET

Cauliflower is not the boring vegetable you thought it was. In fact, it's the main ingredient in a lot of dishes we're pretty sure you'll love. Put away the cheese sauce and ranch dressing — you won't need them anymore to eat your share of cauliflower.

Appetizers

Cheese pizza-flavored cauliflower bread sticks

Cheese pizza-flavored cauliflower bread sticks

Cheesy bread sticks (with a side of marinara, of course) are a tasty addition to pizza night. This version skips the dough and uses cauliflower, instead, so you can indulge with less guilt.

Spicy Sriracha baked cauliflower with yogurt dipping sauce

Spicy sriracha baked cauliflower with yogurt dipping sauce

If you're looking for some heat, you'll find it in this dish. Luckily, we're serving it with a nice yogurt dipping sauce to cool things down.

Cheesy cauliflower tots

Cheesy cauliflower tots with dipping sauce

Here's one way to trick your kids into eating their veggies. Serve them these tater tot look-alikes.

Vegan cauliflower jerky

Vegan cauliflower jerky

Believe it or not, dehydrated cauliflower tastes a lot like jerky. Don't think it's possible? Give it a try.

Side dishes

Cilantro lime cauliflower rice

Cilantro lime cauliflower rice

This easy side dish looks and tastes just like rice, but there's actually not a single piece of rice in it. It's actually just cauliflower chopped super small.

Cheesy broccoli and cauliflower bake

Cheesy broccoli and cauliflower bake

We're not disguising the cauliflower in this side dish. It's standing right next to broccoli as the star of the show. The red peppers and Swiss cheese add an unexpected taste in this recipe that'll keep you coming back for more.

Mashed roasted cauliflower and jalapeno

Mashed roasted cauliflower and jalapeno

This mashed cauliflower tastes suspiciously like mashed potatoes - so much so that you might not know the difference. The jalapeno adds just enough to spice to kick things up a notch.

Cauliflower couscous with caramelized onion, cherries and goat cheese

Cauliflower couscous with caramelized onion, cherries and goat cheese

This "couscous" is actually our old friend cauliflower playing dress up. This interesting mix of flavors brings in a little sweet, a little tart and little creaminess to create a dish that will leave you drooling.

Mock potato mash with cauliflower and feta

Mock potato mash with cauliflower and feta

Once again, cauliflower serves as a stellar substitute for mashed potatoes, but this time we use feta cheese to up the ante.

Main dishes

Skillet cauliflower and zucchini hash with egg

Skillet cauliflower and zucchini hash with egg

Is it breakfast, lunch or dinner? We don't care, because this dish works for all three.

Gluten-free cauliflower pizza crust

Gluten-free cauliflower pizza crust

Yes, this cauliflower concoction really does taste like pizza. Add whatever toppings you like and enjoy a slice (or three).

Creamy cauliflower alfredo sauce

Creamy cauliflower alfredo sauce

This recipe for Alfredo sauce is much lighter than the traditional version. You know what that means, right? More pasta on your plate.

Spicy pizza with cauliflower crust

Spicy pizza with cauliflower crust

Buffalo chicken, mozzarella cheese and orange bell peppers make the perfect spicy topping to this fluffy cauliflower crust.

Cauliflower couscous with black beans and cilantro

Cauliflower couscous with black beans and cilantro

This side dish is the perfect complement to a southwest-style meal.

More ways to use those veggies

Sweet and spicy cucumber noodles
Grilled vegetable no-bake lasagna
One-pot pasta salad chock full of veggies

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