Cauliflower: A culinary blank canvas – Los Angeles Times

Everywhere you turn, there it is: cauliflower rice, cauliflower wings, cauliflower steak and cauliflower pizza crust (at Chuck E. Cheese, no less!). Cauliflower and cauliflower products abound and for good reason. Just now coming into season in Southern California, the white cruciferous vegetable is nutrient-dense and offers bona fide health benefits. High in fiber as well as vitamins B, C and K and antioxidants, it is said to promote weight loss and colon and brain health and to lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. Diet-friendly, cauliflower is standard fare for most eating trends, from weight loss programs to vegan to gluten-free to paleo, keto, clean and beyond. But you don’t have to be into fad diets to appreciate this veritable culinary blank canvas. Its neutral taste, texture and color make it perfect for exploring different flavors and cooking techniques. Here are some recipes to tickle your palate.

Yields Serves 6 as a main dish or 8 to 10 as a first course

Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Yields Serves 4

Time 30 minutes

Yields Serves 2 to 4

Time 3 hours

Yields Serves 12

Time 1 hour

Yields Makes 6 tacos

Time Total time: 3½ to 4 hours

Yields Serves 12

Time 35 minutes

Yields Serves 4

Time 1 hour 30 minutes, largely unattended

Yields Serves 2 to 4

Time 15 minutes

Yields Serves 4

Time 1 hour

Yields Serves 4 to 6