When I first began my journey into the Paleo diet, I was thrilled by the possibility of building a healthy body, mind and lifestyle. But, let’s just say I wasn’t too keen on giving up my favorite – albeit unhealthy – foods. How could I start my day without a morning bagel? As I dove headfirst into the Paleo diet, I realized this lifestyle wasn’t about eliminating, but rather replacing.
For every “forbidden” food, there is a healthy – and equally delicious – substitution. Cauliflower is by far the most versatile vegetables available. Forget what you think you know about this common cabbage. The following cauliflower substitutions are guaranteed to satisfy, delight and surprise even the most picky of eaters.
This quintessential breakfast food found its way into my heart years ago. When I first began my Paleo diet, there was definitely a mourning period as I thought I’d never enjoy the complex and fulfilling flavors of my beloved bagel. That is, until I discovered this recipe
Not only does this Paleo diet-approved “bagel” satisfy on every level, it’s incredibly easy to make. Calling upon the versatility of cauliflowers, these vegetables are grated until it’s a rice consistency and mixed with ingredients, such as almond flour, coconut flour, salt and garlic powder. This is a must-try if you want to take your morning meal from bland to delicious.
Paleo Tip: The original recipe calls for cornmeal, simply replace with extra almond flour to keep it Paleo.
If you’re dreading the day you have to say “Arrivederci” to pizza, then this cauliflower substitution will likely become your favorite. One of the most-missed foods by many embarking on the Paleo diet is pizza. Thankfully, we don’t have to give up pizza in order to stick to the Paleo lifestyle – we simply have to tweak it.
This cauliflower pizza crust recipe is simple, delicious and perfectly replicates the deliciously satisfying bite of a traditional pizza. Get creative with veggie toppings and enjoy this decadently crisp treat.
Paleo Tip: Miss the cheesy flavor of pizza? Add nutritional yeast to the recipe for a flavor that’s truly mouthwatering.
Breadsticks can be the perfect game day treat or an ideal additional to an Italian feast. However, many on the Paleo diet feel this is one of the many unhealthy foods they must leave behind. Yet again, cauliflower comes to the rescue!
Cauliflower breadsticks offer the familiar taste and satisfaction of a traditional breadstick, but without bread. This simple – and fast – recipe transforms this ordinary vegetable into a flavorful snack filled with the essential elements of even the most delicious Italian breadsticks.
Paleo Tip: Stick with tradition, and make this homemade marinara dipping sauce. Delicious!
The key to success with the Paleo Diet isn’t to deny yourself, but to delve into culinary creativity. With the help of cauliflower, you can still enjoy your favorite foods while still adhering to the principles of this transformative lifestyle.
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