I’ve never been a big fan of cauliflower, until a bunch of cauliflower florets were included in my order from Home Chef. The recipe called for oven-roasting them with another vegetable and (to my surprise) they were delicious.
Fast forward to spring 2019, when I stepped on the scale and practically fainted.
The winter effect of house lounging, too many celebratory dinners and a binge-eating week in Florida had taken their toll.
It seems that I have been taking my, “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” mantra a bit too seriously, and now most of my pants are presenting “Waist-not, Fit-not.”
Lucky for me, the internet is swirling with advertising posts about Carb-free, KETO, PALEO and OREO (Oops!) diets.
Cutting back on carbohydrates seems to be a common thread in all of these diets, so here I am avoiding them at all cost, and giving up some of my favorite things — including bread, pasta, potatoes and rice.
And full disclosure — I’m not giving up beer.
Fortunately, my new-found-friend in the vegetable category has risen to the occasion. Yes, cauliflower, is now a very acceptable substitute for many of my favorite carb-loaded foods.
So far, I’ve discovered cauliflower fried rice, cauliflower pasta, cauliflower crackers, cauliflower chips, cauliflower flatbreads, cauliflower pretzels, cauliflower puffs and cauliflower pizza crusts.
There is even a Cauli-Power (cauliflower-based) baking mix that claims to “replace flour in any recipe cup-for-cup.” Somehow, I don’t see Waffle House or The Biscuit Head going all-in on this veggie trend.
By the way, other cruciform vegetables are also weighing in on the weight loss trend. The broccoli producers, for example, are now rolling-out (literally) broccoli crackers, broccoli flatbreads and broccoli pasta — and they’re seeing green.
Cauliflower — with its easily masked taste profile — still has a powerful advantage.
BTW, on Amazon.com, I found an interesting cookbook, titled Cauli-Flower Power. It contains a variety of vegetarian and vegan cauliflower recipes, including: Greek Island Cauliflower and Tomato Fritters, Scorched Cauliflower Baba Ganoush, Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Curry, Turmeric Cauli Fritters and Cauliflower Risotto.
Get creative with your low-carb dieting and discover Cauliflower Power. It’s my hope that cauliflower makes it possible for y’all to see less of me. Just sayin.’