I’ve never been a trendspotter. I was the last of my friends in highschool to get a perm, was convinced texting would be a passing phase, and still haven’t downloaded a single song from itunes. Despite my poor track record on trends, listen up when I tell you this:

CAULIFLOWER IS THE NEW KALE

It’s not that I think kale is going the way of Crocs, but it is time for something new to take the spotlight in the produce aisle. And though as a kid we ate cauliflower exactly one way — steamed — it’s a vegetable that lends itself to major innovation. It also happens to be immensely good for you — a powerhouse of vitamin C, and a good source of vitamin K, several B vitamins, and fiber.

With all of that in mind,I reached out to some of my food-loving friends and gathered up these inspired ideas for getting busy in the kitchen with cauliflower. cauliflowerhummusbites7

MAKE IT INTO NUGGETS

Cauliflower Hummus Bites

from Food, Pleasure & Health

Shaved Cauliflower Salad

ENJOY IT RAW!

Sliced Cauliflower Salad with Green Apple and Fennel 

from Food Confidence

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MASH IT!

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

from My Menu Pal

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ROAST IT WHOLE!

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Cheddar, Pesto, and Tomatoes

by My Cape Cod Kitchen

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TURN IT INTO PIZZA!

Cheesy Cauliflower Roasted Leek Pizza

from the Foodie Dietitian

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MAKE STEAKS

Cauliflower Steaks with White Beans

from Meal Makeover Moms

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CURRY IT!

Cauliflower and Chick Pea Curry

from Homemade Nutrition

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DO DESSERT! (whattt!!!??)

Chocolate Almond Cauliflower Crust Dessert Pizza 

by Abbey’s Kitchen

And if that isn’t enough, check out what the smart folks over at Pinch of Yum have done: They’ve based an entire ebook on their scrumptious Creamy Cauliflower Sauce.

Or how about cauliflower crust pizza deliciousness from Cooking Light.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Who knew?

How do you do cauliflower? Share!

8 creative ways to cook with cauliflower