30 Life-Changing Cauliflower Recipes for Every Comfort Food Craving
By: Amanda Suazo
If you want to sneak more veggies into your day, look no further than cauliflower. Among its benefits, cauliflower is rich in nutrients and fiber — but the best part about this wonder-veggie is that you can make it taste like almost anything. With these warm and comforting cauliflower recipes, you won’t have to sacrifice delicious flavor to get your veggie fix.
This mega-list of cauliflower recipes proves that cauliflower can turn up in the most unexpected places. Whether you crave rice and pizza or oatmeal and potatoes, these cauliflower recipes are here to satisfy all your comfort food cravings.
Breakfast cauliflower recipes
Keto Oatmeal (“Noatmeal”) (Paleo)
You guessed it — cauliflower rice replaces oats in this warm, low-carb breakfast recipe. With sweetness from mashed raspberries and an extra protein boost from collagen peptides, this cauliflower recipe won’t put you in a carb coma. (Just 6 net carbs per serving.)
This cauliflower recipe tastes like crisp hash browns, all without any starchy potatoes. Mix your riced cauliflower with psyllium husk, coconut flour, and spices for a sturdy base that holds up well to runny eggs and avocado slices. Enjoy your fiber-packed breakfast at 5.5 net carbs.
Cauliflower and Bacon Hash (Paleo, Whole30, low-carb)
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This hearty hash fries up finely chopped cauliflower with chunks of bacon, eggs, and spices. And it’s not just for breakfast, either: This cauliflower recipe pairs well with soups or makes a delicious side dish. Get high-quality spices and pastured bacon to keep this one Bulletproof.
Tropical Turmeric Smoothie Bowl (Paleo, low-carb)
With sweet pineapple and warm turmeric, this cauliflower recipe is sure to spice up your breakfast routine. Pre-cooked and frozen cauliflower and collagen protein add a flavorless upgrade to this golden bowl of goodness.
Cauliflower snack recipes
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It’s not popcorn — it’s better. Cauliflower marinates in apple cider vinegar, then crisps up in the oven with a sprinkle of sea salt for a tart and tangy snack. To keep this cauliflower recipe totally Bulletproof, swap oat flour with a few tablespoons of coconut flour.
Pickled Purple Cauliflower (Paleo)
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Deep purple cauliflower marinates in a quick pickling mixture with apple cider vinegar and spices. This easy cauliflower recipe creates tart and tender bites perfect for snacking or salads.
Roasted Curry Cauliflower Dip (Keto, paleo, Whole30)
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Get all the creamy spiced flavor of hummus, with none of the extra carbs. This cauliflower recipe roasts florets with curry powder and jalapeños, then blends them with a bright mix of lemon juice and garlic — all with 4 net carbs per serving. Roast with ghee or avocado oil instead of olive oil to make this recipe more Bulletproof.
Chipotle Lime Oven Roasted Cauliflower Popcorn (Paleo, keto, Whole30)
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Cauliflower get a smoky upgrade from chipotle powder and a spritz of lime. Simply roast your florets with salt, pepper, and garlic, then toss in your pepper and lime juice for the perfect popcorn alternative. Get high-quality chipotle powder and roast in ghee or avocado oil for a more Bulletproof take on this cauliflower recipe.
Main dish cauliflower recipes
Vegetarian Tikka Masala (Keto)
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For meatless meals, cauliflower makes the perfect robust alternative. In this recipe, florets get roasted, then swim in a creamy spiced tomato sauce for a fat and fiber-filled dinner with 7 net carbs. Saute and roast with ghee instead of olive oil, use grass-fed butter, swap in coconut cream for heavy cream, and swap sugar with birch xylitol to make it more Bulletproof.
Carbonara Zoodles With Crispy Bacon & Sage (Keto, paleo, Whole30)
No cheese in this upgraded spag carb: Instead, a creamy cauliflower and butternut squash puree tops fresh zucchini noodles. With crispy pieces of bacon and sage on top, this is one pasta recipe that won’t make you crash. This cauliflower recipe has just over 10 net carbs per serving.
Cauliflower Rice Turkey Taco Skillet (Paleo, Whole30, low-carb)
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You won’t believe that the rice in this dish is actually cauliflower, cooked up with tender chunks of ground turkey, peppers, onions, and taco seasonings. This one-pan meal also cooks up in less than 30 minutes — perfect for busy weeknights. Use pastured turkey (or substitute grass-fed ground beef), and use ghee or avocado oil instead of canola oil to make this cauliflower recipe more Bulletproof.
Easy Paleo Shepherd’s Pie (Low-carb)
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Prep this cauliflower recipe for a delicious cozy fall meal. A mix of ground beef, veggies, and spices gets topped with a layer of mashed cauliflower for comfort food at its finest. Use ceylon cinnamon and pastured chicken or bone broth for a Bulletproof spin on this recipe.
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This quick cauliflower recipe hits all the major keto food groups. With fiber from cauli rice and broccoli, protein from chicken breast, and added fat from coconut oil, it’s a delicious all-in-one meal with just under 8 net carbs. Use pastured chicken breast, swap soy sauce with coconut aminos, skip the sesame seeds, and use a sugar-free hot sauce to keep it more Bulletproof.
Cauliflower soup recipes
Curried Cauliflower Rice Kale Soup (Paleo, Whole30, keto)
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This warm and spicy soup makes a satisfying vegetarian meal for meatless Monday (or any day). Chopped cauliflower rice gets roasted, then swims in a spiced coconut broth with chopped carrots and kale. Use ghee instead of olive oil to roast and saute, use beef or chicken bone broth, and choose canned coconut milk instead of almond milk to make it all Bulletproof-friendly.
Thai Coconut and Roasted Cauliflower Soup (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)
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This creamy, spiced cauliflower recipe packs plenty of flavor into your bowl. Roast a whole cauliflower head, then add to a pot with lemongrass, chilis, and garlic. Puree with coconut milk for a warm, comforting soup with just under 10 net carbs. Use beef or chicken bone broth to keep it Bulletproof.
Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Fried Sage (Keto, paleo, Whole30)
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Roasted and pureed cauliflower gets an herbaceous upgrade with crisp fried sage leaves and pungent garlic. Use bone broth from pastured chicken bones, and make sure your ghee is grass-fed to keep this silky soup Bulletproof.
Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Garlic (Keto, paleo, Whole30)
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This comforting vegan cauliflower recipe also incorporates the flavor of roasted florets pureed into a creamy soup. Add roasted garlic and smoked paprika for an ultra-rich dinner or side-dish with 8 net carbs per serving. To make this recipe Bulletproof, skip the nutritional yeast, get high-quality spices, and roast and saute with avocado oil or grass-fed ghee.
Potato-style cauliflower recipes
Keto Purple Mashed Cauliflower (Paleo)
Fill all your mashed potato cravings with this super-simple cauliflower recipe. Simply boil your cauliflower, drain the water, and process with butter or ghee and salt — no cream required. This dish is so creamy that it might fool your non-keto friends (and it’s only .5 net carbs per serving).
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These crispy, crunchy tots are perfectly dippable and kid friendly — all with no potatoes or cheese. Cooked cauliflower, spices, and tapioca starch create a tot dough that bakes up into crunchy, fiber-filled bites with just over 8.5 net carbs per serving. To make this one Bulletproof, steam your cauliflower rice instead of microwaving it, and use coconut oil to spray instead of olive oil.
Paleo Cauliflower Fritters (Whole30)
Here’s another hash brown-style cauliflower recipe ready for any meal. Steamed cauliflower mashes together with collagen protein and spices, then fried in ghee until crisp. These versatile fritters pair well with anything from eggs to guacamole.
Cauliflower Potato Salad (Paleo, keto, Whole30)
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Fool your friends with this potato-free cauliflower recipe. The florets get lightly simmered, but keep their crunch under a creamy mayo dressing. Each serving is 6 net carbs — and tastes just like real potato salad. Cook your cauliflower on the stove instead of in the microwave, and use an avocado oil mayo to keep this one Bulletproof.
Bacon Mashed Cauliflower (Keto, paleo)
This show stopping side dish is a great keto-friendly option for your next holiday meal. Steam your cauliflower, then blend with ghee, apple cider vinegar, and salt, then top with crispy bacon pieces. This is a low-carb cauliflower recipe that anyone will love.
Bread cauliflower recipes
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Bring sandwiches back into your lunch routine with this simple cauliflower recipe. Form a dough out of riced cauliflower, eggs, and coconut flour for a sturdy base that holds up to your favorite toppings. Use coconut milk as your milk choice and skip the sesame seeds to make this recipe even more Bulletproof.
Keto Breakfast Pizza (Paleo)
Eat pizza for breakfast! This cauliflower recipe bakes up a dough from riced cauliflower and coconut flour, then gets topped with savory breakfast favorites like smoked salmon and avocado. Totally indulgent flavor, all with less than 9 net carbs.
Turmeric Cauliflower Buns (Paleo, keto)
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Pillowy cauliflower buns get an added anti-inflammatory upgrade from ground turmeric. This cauliflower recipe only needs 5 ingredients and bakes up into the perfect sandwich base or low-carb roll substitute.
Tender, pliable tortillas get filled with spiced shredded lamb in this savory cauliflower recipe. And they’re not just for tacos: Use these tortillas for everything from lunch wraps to beanless burritos. Each serving is 6.6 net carbs.
Dessert cauliflower recipes
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Cauliflower… in your pudding? Believe it: With a neutral flavor, cauliflower is the perfect ingredient to use when you want added fiber and nutrients in your desserts. Steam your cauliflower, then puree with gelatin, cocoa, and sweeteners for a creamy pudding that you can enjoy every night. Each bowlful is 3.3 net carbs — but make sure you swap the heavy cream with coconut cream, and keep your gelatin grass-fed to make it Bulletproof.
Vegan Chocolate Buttercream (Paleo)
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Buttercream with no butter: This sweet cauliflower recipe is a sneaky blend of mashed florets, coconut oil, avocado, and cacao. Use it to top everything from grain-free cakes to paleo pancakes, or enjoy all on its own for a fiber-filled dessert. Make this recipe more Bulletproof and keto-friendly by swapping maple syrup with birch xylitol and a touch of high-quality maple extract.
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This rice-less rice pudding proves you can have dessert every day. Riced cauliflower cooks up on your stovetop with egg, cinnamon, and stevia for a comforting low-carb dessert. Steam or saute your cauliflower instead of microwaving, and swap almond milk with full-fat canned coconut milk to keep this cauliflower recipe Bulletproof.
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Get your fruit and veggies at the same time with this sweet and creamy cauliflower recipe. Florets get whipped with cacao butter and vanilla bean for the ultimate dip to pair with fresh fruit. To make this recipe more keto-friendly and Bulletproof, use coconut milk as your plant milk choice, pick up ceylon cinnamon, and swap maple syrup with a blend of birch xylitol and high-quality maple extract.
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