Cauliflower is an interesting and versatile vegetable. Although cauliflower comes from the same plant and looks very similar to broccoli, it tastes very different than the popular green vegetable. Some may say that cauliflower is bland and boring but anyone who has cooked extensively with this vegetable knows otherwise. Cauliflower’s ability to absorb seasoning is one of the vegetable’s most celebrated qualities! Yup, when given proper TLC in the kitchen, cauliflower can actually be transformed into some pretty tasty dishes.
Not everyone has the time or knowledge to give cauliflower the proper culinary care it deserves, though. Thankfully, there are plenty of products on the market today that are either pre-made or are a breeze to whip up! And there are many that are available online. Whether you want your cauliflower steamed, pickled, marinated, or freeze-dried, there’s bound to be a product out there for you. Here are 11 to get you started!
Birds Eye Broccoli and Caulifower Mix
Broccoli and cauliflower together is a tried and true favorite. Considering they come from the same plant, it’s really no surprise they taste so yummy together. With Birds Eye Broccoli and Cauliflower Mix you can cook both at the same time easily, in fact, you don’t even have to transfer the mix into a bowl. As Birds Eye makes clear on the packaging, you simply have to heat up the microwave-safe bag for five minutes and voila! You can check one dinner side off your list. Additionally, the mix has no preservatives and 30 calories per serving. You can get one 12-ounce bag for $1.50.
Peas of Mind Baked Cauliflower Fries
Ever wanted to indulge on a big ol’ plate of fries without guilt? If this sounds like you, check out Peas of Mind Cauliflower Fries. According to reviewers, these “veggie wedges” have the same crispy texture and savory flavor of fries, without all of the carbs. Reviewers report that they’re great for those trying to cut some carbs out of their diet as well as those trying to sneak in some veggies. Apparently, you can even share these with your dog! It appears that this product is now only available on Amazon so, the price is a little on the expensive side. You can get four 12-ounce bags for $35.60.
Mezzetta Hot Cauliflower
If you’re into unique, spicy treats, try out Mezzetta Hot Cauliflower. One glass jar contains 16-ounces of cauliflower florets marinated in vinegar with fresh garlic and slices of jalapeño. The company recommends this product as a snack, a spicy addition to an appetizer plate, as well as a salad or pasta topper. To try it out for yourself, you can get this bulk package of 12 16-ounce jars for a little under $70. That breaks down to about $5.85 a jar.
Emergency Essentials Freeze-Dried Cauliflower
While it’s nice to go to the grocery store and pick up some fresh vegetables, having freeze-dried ones are also very helpful! Take this Emergency Essentials Freeze-Dried Cauliflower, for instance. This cauliflower container was made to last. According to the company, the stainless steel can is packaged with an oxygen absorber and is made to last for up to 25 years on a shelf. You simply have to store it in a cool, dry place and once opened, in air tight containers in dark and cool places. Emergency Essentials suggests using this cauliflower for soups, stir-fries, or as a side dish – or you can leave it on your shelf for 20 years and use it in case of a hurricane. Up to you. One 4.5-ounce container costs about $15.
Jake and Amos Pickled Sweet Cauliflower
Cauliflower is very versatile. While very commonly seen in savory dishes, let’s not forget you can prepare this root vegetable to be sweet, as well! Just look at Jake and Amos Pickled Sweet Cauliflower. These cauliflower florets are kept in a unique sweet brine made primarily of sugar, dextrose, vinegar, and mustard seed. Reviewers report that this product is delicious and a bit hard to find elsewhere. You can get two 16-ounce jars for about $14.50.
Brooklyn Whatever Shpickles: Cauliflower and Beets
Brooklyn Whatever Shpickles: Cauliflower and Beets combines two nutrient-dense and versatile vegetables. This hand-made pickled product lists cauliflower as the main ingredient, along with water, vinegar, salt, beets, garlic, and spices. The company also points out that they don’t use preservatives or sugar, and that the product is gluten-free. You can get one 15-ounce jar for $9.00.
Birds Eye Garlic Cauliflower
After a long day, it’s nice to come home and have a product on hand that cooks in just minutes. Birds Eye Garlic Cauliflower is good for these occasions. This 12-ounce bag of frozen cauliflower simply needs to be heated in the microwave for five minutes, and then it is ready to be added to a main course or eaten on its own. And no seasoning is required with this product since it already contains a bit of salt, sugar, garlic and onion powder, and various spices. You can get one 12-ounce bag for $1.50.
Wildbrine Curry and Cauliflower Sauerkraut Salad
To add a spicy kick to your entrées, check out Wildbrine Curry and Cauliflower Sauerkraut Salad. This product is made with eight simple ingredients: organic cabbage, cauliflower, onion, water, carrots, salt, curry powder, and garlic. One reviewer reports that this fermented salad is “absolutely delicious” with a “nice but now overpowering curry flavor.” Even a reviewer who was taken aback by the curry taste at first found themselves “craving it regularly” afterwards. To try it out for yourself, you can get six of these 18-ounce containers for about $49.
Tender Grown Raw Leaf Crisps
Tender Grown Raw Leaf Crisps may be labeled as “cheesy” but the product is actually dairy-free and vegan. It is also gluten-free and dehydrated at low temperatures to keep the nutrients where you want them: inside the leaves! In addition to cauliflower leaves, this snack contains cashews and sunflower seeds and is given its cheesy flavor through nutritional yeast, sea salt, turmeric, garlic, and cayenne. You can get one 2.5-ounce bag for a little over $11.
Togo Freeze-Dried Cauliflower Pearls
Tsogo Cauliflower Pearls are freeze-dried cauliflower crumbles that are recommended by Tsogo for use in smoothies. These granules apparently blend into juices and smoothies with ease, allowing consumers to add some extra nutrition to their beverage in an easy and waste-free way. The Tsogo container is made to last on shelves for over 20 years without the use of artificial ingredients or preservatives. You can get one 114-gram can for $18.00. According to Tsogo, each can will flavor up to 100 smoothies.
DeLallo Mild Giardiniera
Giardiniera is an Italian or Italian-American relish of pickled vegetables in vinegar or oil. DeLallo Mild Giardiniera, for example, is made with a crunchy, pickled medley of carrots, celery, cauliflower florets, pepperoncini (or hot chili peppers), and sweet strips of red peppers. Reviewers have been reporting that this mix is flavorful, fresh, affordable, and great for antipasto salads. You can get six 25.5-ounce jars for a little under $40.
Cook Up Your Own Delicious Cauli-Creations!
And, of course, if you simply can’t wait to munch, there are plenty of tasty cauliflower goodies you can make right from home! If you’re looking for a comfort food snack, try out these Chipotle Buffalo Cauliflower Bites, this Cauliflower Mac and Cheese, or this Spicy Cauliflower Dip.
See? Cauliflower can be deliciously exciting! Which product will you try first? Tell us in the comments!
Lead image source: Curry Roasted Cauliflower