How to Make Cauliflower Actually Taste Good

Cauliflower is a Jack-of-all-trades in the vegetable world

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It's time for broccoli's redheaded step-sister to shine.

Multifunctional. Cauliflower can be whatever you want it to be, and it comes in all sorts of funky colors, which will get kids more excited about vegetables. No matter what you're looking to make (I'm looking at you potatoes, rice, and even red meat), cauliflower is here to make a delicious, healthy version.

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Cauliflower Steaks. A perfect answer to the Meatless Monday question, cauliflower steaks are hearty and filling. Serve with a spicy gremolata to make it interesting.
Cauliflower Steak with Gremolata
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Mashed Cauliflower. Don't judge this healthier-for-you comfort food until you try it. Fewer carbs than mashed potatoes means you don't have to feel guilty about adding some shredded cheese or a pat of butter to the mix.

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Cauliflower Soup. A little bit of liquid smoke makes bland cauliflower soup really pop.

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Baked Cauliflower Dip. Yes, that's right. Add all of the cream cheese, Monterey Jack, and goat cheese you want to this dip, because the base is puréed cauliflower. Add some spinach and artichoke in there too, for a healthier take on the famed spinach-artichoke dip.

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Roasted Cauliflower. Sometimes the easiest cooking methods are the most delicious. Simply roast some cauliflower tossed with olive oil and Parmigiano-Reggiano for a fantastic, hands-off side dish.

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Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.