Much like the world of fashion, the culinary world has its trends. Colored jeans, skinny ties and peplum in fashion are to cupcakes, food trucks and gluten-free in food.
The latest thing? Cauliflower. What was once a bland, boring cousin of the ever-popular broccoli, cauliflower has made its big break 🙂 Cauliflower is a nutrient-dense food, providing lots of vitamins & minerals (such as vitamin C and folate) with little calories. It’s also a low-carb, high-fiber vegetable with properties that may slow the growth of some cancers (source).
Widely used among the gluten-free, grain-free and Paleo diets, cauliflower can be prepared in so many different ways, which makes it even more appealing. A popular recipe found all over the interwebs is cauliflower rice, but let me introduce you to 2 of my favorites – Cauliflower Pancakes and Cauliflower Mash. What’s great about these is you can cook both at the same time and have enough for 2 side dishes: A concept called Cook Once, Eat Twice. Brilliant and economical.
Inspired by my mother-in-law!
- 1 head of cauliflower (only 1/2 will be used for this recipe)
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup to 1 cup of whole-wheat flour (or all-purpose)
- 2 Tbsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. of cayenne*
- 1 Tbsp. oil (olive, grapeseed or coconut)
Bring a pot of water to boil. Remove green stem and leaves from the cauliflower and rinse lightly, removing any loose dirt. Cut into medium-sized florets. Add 1 Tbsp. of salt to the boiling water and add the cauliflower. Boil for 5-7 minutes, depending on how large the florets are. Once the cauliflower is soft enough to mash, drain and divide the cauliflower in 2 separate bowls (you’ll only need 1 bowl of the cauliflower for this recipe).
Lightly mash the cauliflower until you have small pieces. Add the egg, flour, cayenne and the rest of salt. Mix until you have a thick batter. Heat a cast iron skillet or non-stick pan and add oil when pan is hot. Ladle about 2 Tbsp. of the cauliflower mixture into the pan and flatten into a pancake. Cook on each side for about 3-5 min or until golden brown, being careful not to break them apart. You may need to add oil to the pan and lower the heat as needed.
Makes roughly 10-12 pancakes depending on how large you make them. They refrigerate and/or freeze well. Careful, these are addicting.
*Feel free to add other spices or herbs to taste such as pepper, paprika, garlic powder or parsley, just to name a few. I haven’t tried any of these but I imagine they’d be delicious.
On to recipe #2…
- 1/2 head of cauliflower, boiled from previous recipe
- 3 small potatoes*, boiled (optional)
- 1/2 cup of milk, dairy or non-dairy
- 1 Tbsp. of butter or olive oil (optional)
- Pinch of paprika
- Salt & pepper to tasteMethod:.Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender. (This recipe is easiest to make when cauliflower is still warm.) Slowly process/blend until cauliflower/potatoes comes together to the consistency you like – process less for a chunkier mash, more for a creamier, puree-like texture. Add a small pat of butter and a sprinkle of paprika on top..*I added the potatoes to the boiling water and processed them with the cauliflower to make it thicker like mashed potatoes.