We Had No Idea You Could Do THIS With Cauliflower

Once the vegetable our moms would have to beg us to try ("just a bite!"), today, we can't get enough of cauliflower. It practically defines the word versatile: It's a great stand-in to help make comfort foods healthier, but still tastes delicious on its own. We can't help but think if our 8-year-old selves had encountered cauliflower as a pizza (or covered in Parmesan) we probably would have come around a lot sooner.
For some tempting recipes (and more), click through.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pinch of Yum.
Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice
We are seriously digging the looks of this rich cauliflower take on risotto.
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Photo: Courtesy of Gringalicious.
Spicy Cajun Fried Cauliflower
Cauliflower makes a savory stand in for shrimp in this spicy cajun classic.
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Photo: Courtesy of Mom, What's for Dinner?.
Cauliflower Ranch Chips
Who needs Cool Ranch Doritos when you can snack on these homemade cauliflower bites?
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Photo: Courtesy of Damn Delicious.
Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Adding cauliflower to a classic mac and cheese recipe takes care of our veggie serving, right?
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Photo: Courtesy of Chelsea Lupkin
Loaded Cauliflower Bake
We'll be warming our kitchens with this cauliflower casserole all winter long.
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Photo Courtesy of: Tasty Kitchen
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Cauliflower pizza is here to prove once and for all that cheese can make anything taste delicious.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kirbie's Cravings
Honey & Garlic Baked Cauliflower
Add a drizzle of Sriracha over these honey and garlic poppers for major flavor.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Brewer & The Baker.
Chipotle-Lime Roasted Cauliflower
Make your cauliflower kick-ass by spicing up some florets with this chipotle-lime glaze.
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Photo: Courtesy of Damn Delicious.
Roasted Garlic Cauliflower
Who says you have to completely transform cauliflower to enjoy it? Just try a little garlic, parmesan, and parsley for a simply savory dish.
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Photo: Courtesy of Heather Christo.
Fried Cauliflower With Lemon Tahini Sauce
When in doubt, fry your cauliflower and cover it in tahini.
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Photo: Courtesy of Wicked Spatula.
Shrimp & Cauliflower Grits
These cauliflower "grits" are creamy, delicious, and take only 5 minutes to make.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Brewer & The Baker.
Roasted Cauliflower with Sage Browned Butter
Browned butter with crispy sage and pancetta make anything decadent — even cauliflower.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sprouted Kitchen.
Caramelized Cauliflower Soup
We never thought we'd see caramel and cauliflower together in the same recipe — but we dig it.
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Photo: Courtesy of Gingralicious.
Rosemary Lemon Alfredo Chicken & Cauliflower Lasagna
Instead of traditional tomato lasagna, this dish switches it up with a creamy cauliflower base.
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Photo: Courtesy of Smitten Kitchen.
Cauliflower-Feta Fritters With Pomegranate
Bright pomegranate seeds and creamy feta add major flavor to these fritters.
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Photo: Courtesy of Damn Delicious.
Parmesan Cauliflower Bites
Serve these crunchy and cheesy bites with your favorite dipping sauce (we're thinking a Sriracha aioli).
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Photo: Courtesy of Pinch of Yum.
Cauliflower Meatballs
These meatballs are actually meatless — secret super-ingredient cauliflower strikes again.
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Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
This creamy soup gets a veggie boost from, you guessed it, oven-roasted cauliflower.
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Photo: Courtesy of Gimme Delicious.
Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
These hot poppers are just like the real deal (minus the chicken).
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Photo: Courtesy of Pinch of Yum.
Spicy Cauliflower Burger
This golden-crunchy cauliflower burger is sandwiched between a jalapeño cheddar bun, chipotle mayo, and avocado magic green sauce. Mic drop.
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Photo: Courtesy of Gingralicious.
Creamy Portobello & Pancetta Cauliflower "Risotto"
Cauliflower successfully sneaks in to replace risotto in this creamy dish.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Candid Appetite.
Fried Cauliflower With Whipped Feta
Who said veggies can't be decadent? Try frying them and then dipping them in a whole bunch of cheese.
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Photo: Courtesy of Connoisseurus Veg.
Sticky Sesame Cauliflower
You'd never guess that this sweet and spicy dish is vegetarian.
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Photo: Courtesy of Gimme Delicious.
Cauliflower Cheddar Fritters
You won't be able to get enough of these crispy, cheesy fritters.
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Photo: Courtesy of Skinnytaste.
Loaded Cauliflower Mash Bake
This dish is exactly like a loaded baked potato!
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Photo: Courtesy of Cookie+Kate.
Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos
Forget fish tacos and try this crispy cauliflower version instead.
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Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh
Fresh lunch on the go with an extra serving of veggies.
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Cauliflower Brownies
Brownies made from cauliflower? Just when you think you've seen it all...
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Healthy Fettuccine Alfredo
Use cauliflower for a dairy-free version of your favorite creamy pasta sauce.
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Photo: Courtesy of Well Plated.
Slow Cooker Red Lentil Cauliflower Curry
A dish worth dusting off your slow cooker for.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Brewer And The Baker.
Roasted Cauliflower Carbonara
Cauliflower gets a lot of love for being a sneaky replacement for starches, but it can also be a delicious addition to a carby, comforting pasta dish, too.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kirbie's Cravings.
Bang Bang Cauliflower
Bang bang is a creamy, spicy-sweet sauce that tastes good on everything, so, of course, we love the idea of drizzling it on crunchy cauliflower.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jeanette's Healthy Living.
Loaded Mashed Cauliflower Casserole With Bacon And Caramelized Onions
In case you needed proof that cauliflower can be decadent.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Gunny Sack.
Ranch Cauliflower Bites
Simple roasted cauliflower gets extra oomph with the addition of powdered ranch.
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Photo: Courtesy of Wicked Spatula.
Cauliflower Pizza Bites
Healthier pizza that's also easier to pack? We're in.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Awesome Green.
Thai Cauliflower Rice Salad With Peanut Butter Sauce
Take cauliflower rice to the next level by simmering it in coconut milk.
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Photo: Courtesy of Baker By Nature.
Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower
Cauliflower obsession, meet our hot sauce obsession.
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Photo: Courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Only cauliflower could make what is essentially a bowl of veggies into a comfort food.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rasa Malaysia.
Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
Roasting cauliflower in the oven caramelizes it, giving it an irresistible and savory crunch.
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Photo: Courtesy of Clara Persis.
Curried Cauliflower Fritters
Everything tastes good as a pancake. Cauliflower is no exception.
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Photo: Courtesy of Damn Delicious.
Mini Cauliflower Pizzas
We love you, bread, but we'd like to see other people.
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Photo: Courtesy of Give Recipe.
Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole
In our book, this is pretty much the definition of "comfort food."
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Photo: Courtesy of Hot For Food.
Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich
You definitely won't miss the meat when you're eating this hearty sandwich.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Iron You.
Cauliflower Lasagna
Yep, cauliflower noodles are a thing. And we want some.
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Photo: Courtesy of Gal On A Mission.
Cauliflower Roasted Red Pepper Soup
A veggie-packed soup is a perfect packed lunch or light dinner.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Woks Of Life.
General Tso's Cauliflower
Bet your favorite Chinese delivery spot can't do this.
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