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4 Creative Ways to Use Cauliflower

By Jenny Craig

You could say we’re cauliflower fanatics. We’ve mentioned our adoration for cauliflower several times over the course of this year and it’s always our great pleasure to show you why. Cauliflower is a ‘blank canvas’ vegetable and can be transformed with various flavor enhancers and cooking methods. Let’s take a deeper dive into 4 ways you can use cauliflower to create your new favorite Fresh & Free Addition side.





A tried and true method for many vegetables, cauliflower holds up very well in the oven. It becomes lightly crispy, which adds a bit of texture to an otherwise soft, yet sturdy vegetable. Cut cauliflower into florets, mix with turmeric and olive oil, spread it onto a baking sheet and roast it in a 450-degree oven for about 25 minutes. Feel free to experiment with other flavor enhancers, such as garlic, red pepper and thyme for an Italian twist.


Jenny Craig Entrée Pairings:

Roasted cauliflower adds to the delicious vegetable medley in our Beef Merlot. You can also roast cauliflower in some hot sauce and then top off your Macaroni & Cheese with some vegetable heat!


Part of cauliflower’s appeal is its ability to act as an amazing substitute for entrees that are traditionally served with potatoes. You can enjoy mashed cauliflower by tossing florets into water and cooking it for about 15 minutes or until the stalks are soft. In either a food processor or blender, process the florets with 1 tablespoon fat-free cream cheese and garlic. Place the blend into a casserole dish, top with paprika and bake in a 350-degree oven until bubbly for about 20 minutes.



Jenny Craig Entrée Pairings:

Mashed cauliflower adds a shepherd’s pie feel to our Chicken Pot Pie, and would mix in very easily with the mashed potatoes in our Cheesy Potatoes & Chicken.


You can create cauliflower tots by grating cauliflower and mix it with egg whites, diced onion and 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese. Once you form your tots, bake in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes, then flip and bake it for an additional 10-15 minutes.


Jenny Craig Entrée Pairings:

Tater tots are a classic French fry alternate, so incorporate the cauliflowers to create tots to go with a Classic Cheeseburger, Turkey Burger or Grilled Chicken Sandwich.


Rice can absorb flavorful stews/soups, curries and saucy dishes. After cutting the cauliflower into florets, pulse the florets in a food processor until it is finely coarse, like couscous. Heat up a large skillet with some cooking oil, and toss the cauliflower in, stirring frequently for about 3-5 minutes. You can then garnish with some parsley and lemon juice, or add any sort of flavor enhancer—cumin for a Mexican twist, or a touch of soy sauce to create a bit of a stir-fry with other vegetables, such as bell peppers, onions and bok choy.

Jenny Craig Entrée Pairings
Since cauliflower rice can absorb sauce and liquid extremely well, add some to our White Bean Chicken Chili or Chicken Tortilla Soup for some additional hearty vegetable nutrition. Cauliflower rice can mix in with the sautéed vegetables that come with our Cheesy Chicken Enchilada, too.


Continue to explore where you can add Fresh & Free Additions to your entrees to help you stay motivated on your weight loss journey.












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