Spinach, I love. Broccoli, bring it on. But cauliflower? I can usually leave it at the kitchen door.
I’m DEFINITELY a late convert to this cruciferous’ fan club. So what made me cross the picket line? Well, it has to do with a favorite flavor addition which totally made my Thai Coconut Cauliflower a new fave.
Lately I’ve been in a Thai state of mind thanks to my Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup. But then any dish with coconut milk? Hello, lovely.
So when my husband pulled this recipe out of his…um…thin air, I was like, WHA? WHA?
Me eat cauliflower? Okay, maybe. If its coated with melted cheese.
But when my man presented his selling points, I could feel my resolve melting away:
1. It’s skinny. If you want to use low fat coconut milk.
2. See #1: Coconut milk.
3. Creamy Thai flavors of sweet mirin and salty fish sauce. Don’t freak out, fish sauce doesn’t taste like fish, but a cleaner, thinner salty flavor sort of like soy sauce.
4. The added kick of spicy jalapeño and pucker of lime.
5. It’s just so darn pretty.
Thanks to the Paleo craze, cauliflower has made the spotlight as a great sub for starch, either rice or potatoes, on many a healthy dinner table.
Served with fish, chicken, beef or just on top of rice all on its own, I’m sold. Count me in. Raise my hand in the air.
You know what? I like cauliflower.
Thai Coconut Cauliflower
- 2 heads cauliflower cut into floret chunks
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons sweet mirin or 2 tablespoons sake with a pinch of sugar
- 3 tablespoons shredded coconut
- sliced red jalapeno
- zest of one lime and then cut into chunks for garnish
- Place cauliflower, coconut milk, fish sauce and sweet mirin in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium and cook until coconut milk is reduce by half, about 20 minutes.
- Add shredded coconut and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.
- Garnish with sliced red jalapeno, lime zest, and lime wedges and serve immediately.
Below are a few more cauliflower recipes I might have to try. Broadening my horizons, you know? And if you’re in the market for even more, check out this list of 25 amazing low carb cauliflower recipes.
These are some fab recipes, so if you’re like me and love to Pin, please make sure you click through to their sites to set the right recipe path. Bon apéttit!
Joy makes my heart go pitter patter with butter, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts (another cruciferous I’ve recently become a fan of), cauliflower and carrots all brightened with lemon and parsley in Joy the Baker’s Butter Roasted Cauliflower.
Joy the Baker’s recipe above continues to inspire with Lisa’s twist in With Style and Grace’s Roasted Cauliflower With Capers that’s so good she recommends you double it for later.
Heather sweetens the Paleo pot revolution with the addition of carrots to Multiply Delicious‘ Cauliflower Carrot Herb Mash.
Jessica is pimping the skinny with The Novice Chef’s Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup that comes in under the radar at only 212 calories a serving.
Another Asian spin on the white blooming beauty, Maria’s vegetarian tastes have finally succombed to steak, thanks to Two Peas and Their Pod’s Cauliflower Steak with Ginger Soy Sauce Recipe from Steamy Kitchen.
Here’s to another sweetened up version of a Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Cauliflower as Sandy makes cauliflower sweet with Reluctant Entertainer.
A little smoky, a little nutty, Sommer uses Indian flavors to spice up A Spicy Perspective’s Crispy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Dressing.
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ashley - baker by nature
Just swiped up 2 giant heads of cauliflower this morning! I know what I’m doing with at least one of them ;)
For me its spinach that never makes it past the kitchen door. I love cauliflower so I’m sure I’d love a bowlful of this – it looks delicious :)
Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
Great side dish! Love these flavors!
Arthur in the Garden!
Good think I am not working tomorrow, because I am going to make these!
Cauliflower is requires a bit of work but It is so worth it in the end. Agree I would rather a head of broccoli but the prices these days. This look wonderful was of getting a curry fix.
I love cauliflower and this looks amazing!
How did I possibly miss all those other great ideas for preparing cauliflower? Thanks for sharing those !!
Your photos of this recipe are lovely ! I want to try this !
I like cauliflower, but I always forget about it and go with broccoli. But you totally just sold me on getting some next time I hit up the store, which knowing me with be in like 4 hours. Anyway, I love the thai flavors. They are my favorite. Plus, I just want to make this pretty dish so I can stare at it. So pretty!
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
I actually love cauliflower and this would definitely fit with some of the food I’m making this weekend. Yum!!
I felt the same way about cauliflower and now actually (almost) prefer whipped cauliflower over mashed potatoes, especially in this delicious href=”http://therealdealmarin.com/2013/10/08/shepherds-pie-in-a-skillet/”>Shepherds Pie in a Skillet! This mashed cauliflower is also a great flavorful Paleo side dish.
Oh Heidi you’re reading my mind! I could eat these Thai flavors everyday. I always add mint and cilantro too … wonder if they would be good on cauliflower? I will try and let you know! Yummy yummy thanks Heidi! My best, Marie P.S. Recently convinced my husband to eat cauliflower with my Cheesy Puréed Cauliflower and he liked it! It’s easy peasy … http://cocinamarie.com/cheesy-pureed-cauliflower/