In the last few years cauliflower has infiltrated nearly every aisle of grocery stores across the country. From pizza crust to rice, gnocchi and more, it has quickly become the star of low-carb and vegetable-based diets.
Despite its versatility, cauliflower has experienced a rather lackluster existence. The plant has been around since the sixth century B.C. but typically hasn’t been used as more than a filler for a vegetable medley.
As an increasing number of people adopt plant-based diets, the quest continues for ways to substitute animal-products and unhealthy ingredients with vegetables and other un- or minimally processed foods. Cauliflower has many impressive properties including being waist-friendly and incredibly versatile.
Unlike potatoes, which are naturally starch and calorie-heavy, cauliflower is naturally lower in calories and starch. Cauliflower’s natural starchiness makes it a perfect light, creamy substitute that can easily be whipped or mashed to mimic mashed potatoes.
Its versatility doesn’t end there, however. Cauliflower holds together well through virtually every form of cooking. Cauliflower can be pureed, roasted, boiled, fried, steamed, grilled and marinated. You can even cut up slabs of cauliflower and prepare them as you would a steak or other kind of meat.
There are virtually endless possibilities! Try out this delicious recipe for buffalo cauliflower bites as a delicious, healthier alternative for buffalo chicken wings.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
6 cups of fresh cauliflower florets
2 tsp. garlic powder
a pinch of salt
a pinch of pepper
¼ tsp. BareOrganics Cayenne Pepper
1 tbsp. butter, melted
1 cup hot sauce
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil, or olive oil. Set aside.
- Mix the garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, turmeric powder, melted butter, and hot sauce in a small bowl.
- Add the cauliflower to a bag or coverable dish, pour the buffalo sauce in and shake until the florets are fully coated. Spread on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.
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