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8 Things You Haven’t Tried To Make Using Cauliflowers As A Substitute

8 Things You Haven’t Tried To Make Using Cauliflowers As A Substitute

If there is one vegetable I’d be happy to eat day in day out for the rest of my life, it would be cauliflower.

Steamed, roasted, pan fried- Any way you cook it, I’d eat it – with a smile on my face and a happy stomach full of nutrients. (Seriously, roasted cauliflower is one of my absolute favourite foods!)

Hailing from the same family as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale (to name a few), this crucifer is a a high fiber, high nutrient vegetable. Boasting admirable levels of vitamin C, vitamin K and folate, it’s a nutritional punch in natural form.

While I’m easily content with the mainstream ways of eating cauliflower, little did I know how versatile this vegetable truly is. Thanks for the strong paleolithic style of eating, cauliflower has truly shown its versatility- from being a substitute for rice, made into a crust to recreate your favourite pizzas and even sneakily hidden in desserts! For those of you actively avoiding grains or following a low carbohydrate diet, cauliflower has allowed you to enjoy those foods you probably perceived impossible- with just some creative tweaks.

1. Cheesy Cauliflower Soup with Asparagus Pesto via Peas and Crayons

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    Cauliflower cheese was one of my absolute favourite childhood sides…mainly because I would scrap most of the cheese for myself leaving the (undressed) cauliflower for my parents. Now? This soup has them both blended together for the delectible taste with every spoonful. The asparagus pesto? Consider that an added bonus.

    2. Baked ‘Cheesy’ Cauliflower via The Healthy Maven

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      I have friends who are Vegan and they often proclaim how they never eat cheese. I have a friend who lives gluten free and considers gluten free pasta to taste like lies. My solution? This recipe which can keep them both satisfied.

      3. ‘Everything Bagel’ Cauliflower rolls via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

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        No, you’re eyes are not deceiving you. EVERYTHING BAGEL using cauliflower. For any low carb, paleo or grain free champion out there- This recipe will be your new go to bread. And you’ll even convert those who don’t love it yet. Trust me. I did it.

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        4. Cauliflower Chocolate cake via Chocolate Covered Katie

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          No, you’re eyes aren’t deceiving you again. Who would have thought chocolate cake could contain cauliflower? This recipe not only includes cauliflower, but it’s a chock full of healthy ingredients, you could practically consider this one of your five-a-day vegetable target.

          5. Creamy Cauliflower Sauce via Pinch of Yum

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            Nothing beats a pasta that is smothered with a creamy alfredo sauce. By swapping out the cream, cheese and butter, this cauliflower based version would taste epic with a pasta….and you can be EXTRA generous with the sauce.

            6. Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice via Pinch of Yum

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              Not only used for pasta, the creamy cauliflower sauce can be drenched in rice to create a comforting meal – without the added heaviness of a typical cream sauce. Do I hear seconds? Just me?

              7. Cauliflower Crust Pizza via Ifoodreal

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                Perhaps the most famous ‘unconventional’ use for cauliflower is the classic pizza crust. Get a serving of vegetables in before you even add the toppings. A low carbohydrate alternative which means: let’s add potatoes to the topping!

                8. Coconut Cauliflower Pancakes via Kissmybroccoli

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                  No, for the third time, you’re eyes are NOT deceiving you. Start your breakfast with … cauliflower? You bet. Without being able to taste it but with an added nutrient and volume punch – these fluffy pancakes would have you all deceived!

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                  So next time you’re at the supermarket and see a cauliflowe r- use your imagination. It probably has or will happen.

                  Cauliflower froyo anyone? Okay maybe that’s pushing it.

                  Featured photo credit: Arman Liew at thebigmansworld.com via media.lifehack.org

                  Featured photo credit: Arman Liew from thebigmansworld.com via media.lifehack.org

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                  Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                  How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                  How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                  We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                  We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                  So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                  Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                  What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                  Boundaries are limits

                  —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                  Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                  Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                  Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                  Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                  How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                  Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                  1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                  Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                  You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                  To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                  You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                  • When do you feel disrespected?
                  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                  • When do you want to be alone?
                  • How much space do you need?

                  You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                  2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                  Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                  Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                  3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                  Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                  That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                  Sample language:

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                  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                  Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                  4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                  Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                  Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                  Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                  We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                  It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                  It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                  Final Thoughts

                  Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                  Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                  Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                  The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                  Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                  Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                  They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                  Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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