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Did you know that cauliflower is a fantastic substitute for rice, bread, and a number of other carb-loaded foods you consume on a daily basis?

Bet you didn’t! Cauliflower is the most underrated vegetable in the culinary world. Largely overshadowed by other veggies, the cauliflower remains largely underused. We wouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself perplexed over the matter of how to use cauliflower in your meals – and this gives us the chance to give this wonder food the limelight it deserves.

This amazing vegetable is loaded with vitamins and can be used in different ways to imitate foods packed with high levels of carbohydrates. We’re listing down 5 different recipes that taste better and are far healthier than other less nutritionally pleasing foods.

Here are 5 low-carb cauliflower solutions for your carb cravings:

Bake Some Tots – Cauliflower Tots

Who doesn’t love tater tots? But they are fried and consuming those often drowns you in the unhealthy-eating-guilt. Replace potatoes with cauliflower and bake them instead of frying. Use grated cauliflower, shredded low fat cheese, panko bread crumbs, and whisked eggs to transform this simple looking veggie into a savory delight – crispy and delicious without those added oil and calories!

Cauli-Fried Rice

Got just 15 minutes to prepare a healthy meal? This recipe is a winner! Whether you wish to supplement your stew with some rice or wish to have a complete rice meal – cauli-fried rice are low on carb and absolutely delicious. Simply was and grate the cauliflower and add it to a skillet of your favorite veggies and sauté with a little bit of olive oil until tender. That’s it, your meal is ready!

Did you know that a cup of white rice contains 45 grams of carbohydrates; the same amount of cauliflower has only 5 grams! That’s the amount of calories you’re saving.

Hummus, Anyone?

Want to save 393 calories? Simply replace your regular hummus with one made from cauliflower. Puree cauliflower and add tahini paste, garlic, and lemon to it and you’re done. Serve it as a dip for crudités of your choice – it works best with bell peppers, carrot sticks and celery. The same great taste with 45 grams less carbs than the regular hummus. Wouldn’t you want to try it for your mid day snack tomorrow? 

Cauliflower Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Skip the bread and the all the refined carbohydrates it contains. Replace it with cauliflower. Chop cauliflower finely, add half cup low-fat mozzarella cheese and one egg – mix well. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes and you have your favorite comfort food ready to eat without the sneaky carbs!

Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Got a hankering for some delicious pizza? Ditch the pizza dough for a crust made out of cauliflower. Steam the cauliflower and then chop it. Mix herbs, spices, and one egg to create the crust. Top it with your favorite toppings – we like using low fat cheese, turkey/pepperoni, veggies, and tomato sauce – and pop it in the oven to bake.

Whether you’re trying to fit into that gorgeous dress that is a size smaller than your regular size by Christmas or just setting pace towards clean eating, cauliflower can be your partner for delicious low- carb meals. Try out these nutrition-packed recipes at home and share them if you like.