23 Smart Cauliflower Recipes If You're Trying To Eat Less Meat (2024)

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1. Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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Load this doughy, cheesy cauliflower crust with all of your favorite pizza toppings. Get the recipe.

2. Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Introducing: Your new game day party pleasing recipe. Bake these spicy cauliflower nuggets in the oven until golden and crispy, then serve them with ranch or blue cheese for dipping. Get the recipe.

3. General Tso's Cauliflower

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This better-for-you version of a Chinese classic is the smart (and delicious) alternative to ordering take out. Get the recipe.

4. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

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Looking for a veggie side dish the entire family will love? Try these crispy cauliflower bites seasoned with garlic, black pepper, paprika and Parmesan. Get the recipe.

5. Cauliflower Fried "Rice"

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The best part about this recipe is its versatility. Dress it up with any of your favorite stir-fry vegetables and proteins like chicken, shrimp, or tofu. Get the recipe.

6. Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

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These gluten-free and low-carb "bread" sticks all start with riced cauliflower. Add eggs, mozzarella, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper, and bake it for 25 minutes until warm, cheesy, and golden. Get the recipe.

7. Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs

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Add these on top of spaghetti, zucchini noodles, rice, or even polenta for an easy weeknight dinner. Get the recipe.

8. Lebanese Cauliflower

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This side dish, which calls for lemon juice, sea salt, and tahini sauce, might be simple, but it takes your basic roasted cauliflower to the next level. Get the recipe.

9. Spicy Shrimp with Cauliflower Mash

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The next time you're craving some southern comfort food, opt for this better-for-you take on shrimp and grits. Get the recipe.

10. Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Pizza

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You probably never thought cauliflower could be such a perfect pizza topping. The florets get tossed with olive oil, garlic powder, chili powder, pepper and buffalo sauce, then roasted in the oven. Get the recipe.

11. Cheesy Cauliflower Mushroom Risotto

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There's no arborio rice involved in this cheesy, decadent risotto. Cauliflower rice gets seriously creamy thanks to mushrooms in truffle oil and a vegan cheese sauce made with coconut milk, cashews, and nutritional yeast. Get the recipe.

12. Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich

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Whether you're cutting back on meat or just want to try something different, these addictive veggie burgers are made with milk (dairy or non-dairy), flour, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, butter, and hot sauce. Get the recipe.

13. Shepherd's Pie with Mashed Cauliflower

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Potato, potahto. This mashed cauliflower topping is the perfect way to make a comforting dinner just a little bit healthier. Get the recipe.

14. Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole

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This cheesy casserole will get even the pickiest eater to chow down on vegetables. Get the recipe.

15. Roasted Cauliflower and Fried Halloumi Tacos

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This cauliflower taco filling is seasoned in oil, paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper, then topped with sizzling sliced halloumi cheese. If you don't have time to make the spicy avocado basil guacamole, your regular guac will work just fine. Get the recipe.

16. Sticky Honey Sriracha Cauliflower “Wings”

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Serve these sweet and tangy cauliflower bites with rice, lo mein noodles, or on top of a bed of stir-fried veggies. Get the recipe.

17. Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

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Eat your veggies and indulge too with this drool-worthy party dip loaded with cauliflower, spinach, onion, and mozzarella cheese. Get the recipe.

18. Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan and Chives

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How good would this mashed cauli look at your Thanksgiving table? Get the recipe.

19. Cauliflower Pizza Casserole

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It's like deep-dish pizza...without the crust. The best part is you can make the whole thing with almost no effort in your slow cooker. Get the recipe.

20. Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese

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You'll crave this lower-carb alternative to classic mac and cheese. Instead of noodles, cauliflower florets get cooked until tender in a mix of sharp cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, and cream cheese. Get the recipe.

21. Cauliflower Parmesan

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Nope, that's not chicken. But when you coat cauliflower steaks in bread crumbs, top them with marinara sauce, and bake them until nice and crispy, you might not know the difference. Get the recipe.

22. Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder

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Roasted garlic hummus, cashews, and miso paste make this soup extra thick and rich so you don't have to add any milk, butter, or cream. Get the recipe.

23. BBQ Cauliflower Steak with Chimichuri

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These thick and hearty cauliflower steaks are a great dinner idea for anyone trying to cut back on meat. Get the recipe.

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