Cauliflower is the new kale! That's right, I said it. This cruciferous veggie has been making a serious comeback lately, and for good reason. Once consigned to the bottom of the vegetable crisper, this unassuming white veg is now being hailed as a nutritional powerhouse cooking ingredient.

What's more hipster than a veggie that can do everything? Not only is it healthy and nutritious, but it's also incredibly versatile. You can roast it, bake it, mashed it, deep fry it, stir fry it...the possibilities are endless! And what's more hipster than a veggie that can be used in literally any dish?

Here are three baked cauliflower recipes in a toaster oven or in a convectional oven that will help you make the most of this humble vegetable.

1. Cauliflower Pizza Crust:

Love pizza but trying to cut back on carbs? Cauliflower to the rescue! This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust is easy to make and delivers all the flavor of traditional pizza dough without all the guilt. Top it with your favorite toppings and enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • In a large bowl, mix together grated cauliflower, egg, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Press mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Add your favorite toppings and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.

2. Roasted Cauliflower With Lemon And Garlic:

This simple recipe is a great way to showcase cauliflower's natural flavor. Just roast cauliflower florets with some lemon and garlic, and you've got a delicious side dish that pairs well with just about anything.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • In a large bowl, toss together cauliflower florets, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Spread mixture onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cauliflower is tender and lightly browned.

3. Roasted Cauliflower Soup:

This soup is creamy and comforting, but surprisingly light. It's perfect for a winter meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Toss cauliflower florets with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  • Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring once or twice, until golden brown.
  • Place roasted cauliflower in a blender or food processor with chicken or vegetable stock.
  • Puree until smooth. Add heavy cream and blend again. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

So there you have it: three delicious bake cauliflower recipes that showcase cauliflower's versatility as a cooking ingredient.

In A Nutshell

If you're looking for a delicious and versatile vegetable to add to your repertoire, look no further than cauliflower. This humble veggie can be used in so many different dishes, from roasted to mashed to fried.

Searching for more ideas on how to cook with this nutritious vegetable? Be sure to check out the video below. So go ahead and give cauliflower a try...you might just be surprised at how much you like it!

CAULIFLOWER 3 WAYS | VEGAN | THE HAPPY PEAR w/ DR RUPY

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