Cauliflower crusts, smashed cauliflower, cauliflower pesto – you have likely seen these cauli-culinary options lurking on dining menus everywhere.  That’s because the cauliflower craze is in full effect and with good reason. This dainty little vegetable packs a powerful punch! When it comes to reducing carbs, a cauliflower swap is a no-brainer. Here are some of our favorite cauliflower concoctions that make low-carb, high-excitement.

Skinny Curried Cauliflower Bites: Take a spin on chicken nuggets and add curry and cauliflower and you have the adult version of low cal, low carb, and high flavor bite size goodness. But don’t think that you won’t have sticky little fingers reaching for these, because they’re perfect for all ages. View the complete recipe here.

Cauliflower Bites Recipe

Cauliflower Pizza: Don’t be intimidated to swap your traditional pizza crust out for a cauliflower base. Follow this recipe and there’s a good chance no one will even notice the dough difference. Click here for the full recipe.

Cauliflower Pizza Recipe

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup: Pitch the potatoes and opt for the addition of cauliflower to make this soup not only savory, but skinny in a sea of cheesy, tasty goodness. The real bonus? It’s all prepared in your slow cooker. View the complete recipe here.

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Skinny Mashed Cauliflower: Mashed potatoes are a go-to side for many meals. They are filling, easy to prepare, and can be jazzed up and altered to fit any taste buds. The drawback is that they are full of starchy carbs that can weigh you down…literally. Enjoy all the benefits of mashed potatoes, minus the added weight with this tasty skinny swap. Click here to get the full recipe.

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Cauliflower Fritters: Appetizers can be tough to find healthy alternatives for when it comes to satisfying guests and keeping calorie counts in check. This cauliflower fritter recipe is a win-win and would be perfect paired with our Skinny Garden Fresh Pesto. (via Cocinereta)

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Cauliflower Pizza Bites: If you’re a little scared to serve up a cauliflower pizza crust to the kiddos, this is a great first step in that direction. These bites are kid-friendly but adult approved and easy to make ahead and serve when needed. (via DAMY health)

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General Tso’s Cauliflower: You heard it right. Take an Asian classic and make it vegetarian with this mouth-watering meatless spin on a restaurant takeout favorite (via Bakeaholic Mama)

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