By Denise DePaolo

It’s not colorful and it’s not particularly flavorful when raw, but move over kale – cauliflower is enjoying its moment in the spotlight. It’s low in calories and rich in nutrients, packing tons of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, B vitamins and fiber.


Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian Annie Ailts says cauliflower has become a particular favorite of people following a gluten-free diet, the Paleo Diet, or a clean eating regimen because it can be used in place of grains.

Here are a few ways to replace carbs with cauliflower:

Ailts says cauliflower can be made into a rice replacement by using a food processor to chop it finely.

Cauliflower can be used to make tortillas or pizza crust. For this, use the food processor and add an egg as a binding agent.

Cauliflower can also be molded into “tots,” as a replacement for potatoes.

According to Ailts, adding pureed cauliflower to macaroni and cheese is a great way to sneak veggies into the diet of children – or picky adults.

Find more delicious ways to use cauliflower here.



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