Cauli-power. 4 fun ways we're bringing back the vege people love to hate.
This white cruciferous vegetable was once over shadowed from its much greener brother broccoli. However, recently cauliflower is slowly making its way into more shopping baskets and here is why:
It is bland…but that is a good thing
Some would say that cauliflower is boring, I would say it is more of a blank canvas. The simple cauliflower is great for taking on flavours and has endless potential for dishes. Cauliflower has been used for making cauliflower rice, pizza bases, cous cous and even bread amongst many things. The use of this vegetable is only limited by your imagination.
It’s part of a very special family
As previously mentioned cauliflower is part of the cruciferous family, alongside broccoli, cabbage and Brussel sprouts these vegetables have great nutritional benefits. This group of veggies are rich in nutrients including, vitamins C and K, folate, beta-carotene and phyotchemicals. These nutrients have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant proprieties which can help decrease the effects of oxidative stress from our environment and lifestyle, decreasing the risk of developing some types of cancers and diseases such as cardiovascular disease.
Four ways to enjoy cauliflower
Mash it: Mash boiled cauliflower for a tasty low carb alternative to potato. Try adding garlic, butter and herbs for flavour. Or just halve the amount of potato and do a half/half combo!
Bare it: Try eating cauliflower raw. Add it raw to a salad or cut up florets and use them instead of crackers for dip, this makes for a great snack.
Roast it: Try roasting the whole head of cauliflower, using a marinate or a spiced rub. This makes for a super tasty side dish.
Grill it: Heard of cauliflower steaks? Well you have now. Cut the cauliflower in thick slabs, and place on a hot grill with olive oil and seasoning.
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