Today we’re going to be looking at the amazing cauliflower tortillas at Trader Joe’s, and why cauliflower is fast becoming the perfect substitute for many gluten-free products. Let’s take a look at what cauliflower tortillas are, and why they’re so damn popular!
Whether you’re following a gluten-free diet or not, you’ll have seen the rise in cauliflower products hitting the shelves in recent years. But why? Well, there’s a whole host of reasons why cauliflower is a great replacement for bread, rice, and pasta-type products.
It’s the Perfect Carb Substitute
That’s right – regular bread, pasta, and rice all contain a huge amount of carbohydrates. Cauliflower is a low-carb substitute. It can be replace more common starches such as bread and potato but contain fewer carbs and fewer calories.
It Suits A Range Of Diets
If you’re following a paleo diet, gluten-free diet, keto diet, or simply just wanting a healthier lifestyle – the cauliflower replacement appeals to a range of individuals, because it’s just so diverse. And an uncommon allergy – hurrah!
It’s Very Nutritious
It’s full of goodness! Vitamin C and high in fiber and folate – you can enjoy your favorite foods and put goodness into your body at the same time. It’s mild taste and easy-to-mold texture means it can be a replacement for a range of foods. Mash potato, rice, pizza base, bread – cauliflower can do it all.
But let’s take a look at why you’re really here – the cauliflower thins!
Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Thins are extremely popular and it isn’t hard to see why. They’re so diverse, that they can be used as cauliflower taco shells 0r tortillas, or just used as part of a sandwich. In fact, you can incorporate them into any meal. Trader Joe’s do a whole range of gluten-free cauliflower products, but we’ll take a closer look at those later!
The most important part for those following a gluten-free diet – what are the ingredients? Good news – they’re 100% gluten-free. The ingredients are as follows:
“Shredded cauliflower, liquid whole eggs, grated parmesan cheese, deactivated yeast”
The only allergens on the label are milk and egg – this makes it the perfect replacement for celiacs. It really doesn’t contain many ingredients at all.
What Can You Use Them For?
This product is so versatile and has many uses. Here’s just a few suggestions that seem to work well:
- Pop in your favorite fillings and create the perfect cauliflower sandwich
- Add sauce and your favorite toppings and place in the over for a delicious mini pizza
- Heat them and drizzle with maple syrup
- Toast them and add your preferred taco fillings
- Wrap them up and eat as a tortilla
- Fry them and cut into cauliflower chips and dip them into a dip of choice
Each serving of cauliflower thins contains just 100 calories and 3g of carbs. If you compare that to a single slice of bread, which packs a whopping 12g of carbs alone! It contains 7% of your daily dietary fiber and 9g of your daily protein intake.
It’s also high in calcium (15% of your daily intake) and also contains iron and potassium (4% of your daily intake).
However, sodium and cholesterol is quite high in this product, which is worth bearing in mind if you’re eating the thins often.
Cauliflower has a very mild taste, which is why it’s so great to use. However, like anything, if you don’t like the taste of something, no matter how you try to hide it, the taste can still come through. (Me with sweetcorn!). I wouldn’t say the taste is particularly cauliflower-y…but this is coming from someone who loves cauliflower!
Although it performs exactly like bread, if you’re looking for a similar taste – this may not be the product for you. Because of the use of egg and cheese in this product, it’s more often compared to an omelet in taste and texture.
If you’ve been following the gluten-free diet for a while, you’ll probably know that gluten-free foods are usually way more expensive than their gluten counterparts and this is definitely the case here. The cauliflower thins cost $3.99 for just 2 servings – and they are quite small.
While you may not be able to afford them on a regular basis, they may be worth a treat every so often!
Other Cauliflower Products
Trader Joe’s didn’t just stop at cauliflower thins. They have a whole range of cauliflower products to enjoy. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular products.
Whether you’re using it as a pizza base or cooking and cutting into breadsticks – these are delicious. They’re $3.99 and completely gluten-free. There are very few ingredients in this pizza crust – cauliflower, cornflour, water, cornstarch, potato starch, olive oil, and salt. Unlike their cauliflower thins, this product isn’t bound together by eggs; instead by starch.
Gnocchi is often coated with flour, therefore making it unsuitable for gluten-free lifestyle. This cauliflower gnocchi is the perfect substitute. The only ingredients are cauliflower, cassava flour, potato starch, extra virgin olive oil, and salt. At $2.79 a bag – it will knock your socks off! Toss in butter and add some cheese, it’s delicious! Or you can even eat them as a tasty side dish.
You can find their whole range of cauliflower products here.
I hope this has helped you to see how versatile the cauliflower tortillas are at Trader Joe’s. They are absolutely delicious and come highly recommended by not just the gluten-free community, but everyone!
Have you tried the cauliflower thins at Trader Joe’s? I would love to know your opinion on them. Are there any cauliflower products that didn’t make the list that you think are worth mentioning? I did miss a few! Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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