Meal Planning Monday ~ Get Creative with Cauliflower

Today’s post is by Bee Mandelberg of Style Island.
As I get older, eating better and planning out my meals gets more and more important to me. In the old days as a single, social woman I would rely on take-out, a busy dinner social calendar, and a rotation of tuna fish sandwiches, pasta, and soup. Now, however, what I eat and when I eat is has become not only a focus, but a priority. I food shop and eat not for one, but for two now, and I love cooking for us… most nights. But thinking of what to make, and mapping it out can sometimes prove challenging. One of those biggest challenges can be figuring out how to provide variety in your meals. Ground turkey with vegetables is delicious, and boyfriend approved, but not exactly worthy of 5 nights of dinners. But, one of the simplest ways to create that variety is by exploring different ways to cook one food. A spin on an already tried and true success that performs both change and a twist. Case in point? Cauliflower. Not only a healthy option, but a delicious one, and easy to implement into any meal, even five nights worth of them!
Cauliflower Au Gratin
  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp flour
Roast cauliflower in oven at 400 degrees w/ olive oil, black pepper and salt for a few minutes. At same time, make sauce with all the ingredients in a pot and simmer. Pour over done cauliflower and put back in oven for 15 minutes until brown.

 

Cauliflower Potato Salad
This is my personal spin off on one of my favorite recipes from the South Beach Diet. I always have it in my rotation because it’s easy, healthy and delicious!
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt / pepper
  • paprika
Cook cauliflower until soft and put in a bowl. Mix with all the remaining ingredients and then sprinkle with paprika and lemon juice. Refrigerate for a few hours, serve cold.

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

Cook cauliflower for  8-10 minutes until soft. On pan, cover in 2 tbsp Olive oil, 3 garlic gloves, salt, pepper, and lemon. Cook in oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes until crispy.
Cauliflower & Turkey Meatballs
I bought pre-made turkey meatballs from Fresh Direct and cooked them with cauliflowers and tomato sauce for my own take on a hearty dinner.
Bee Mandelberg is a lifestyle blogger and writer at Style Island.
A New York City native, she adores rifling through her mom’s closet for vintage
clothes, pretending to be Parisian and obsessively watching horror movies. You
can find her carrying a Vogue in one hand, and a cappuccino in the
other.