Written By Julie Paiva, CHHC
Cauliflower is rich in health-promoting phytochemicals, has a high level of anti-inflammatory compounds, and can ward off cancer, heart disease, brain disease, and even weight gain. There isn’t much cauliflower can’t do. Use cauliflower to create a fancy gluten-free, low-carb version of your favorite meal. Cauliflower is a grain-free side that can replace the popular starchy sides that often fill our plates.
Why Eat Cauliflower:
Cauliflower, along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, and brussel sprouts, is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family. Cruciferous vegetables are an excellent source of natural antioxidants, due to their high levels of various phytochemicals, and are good suppliers of essential vitamins, carotenoids, fiber, soluble sugars, minerals, and phenolic compounds. One cup of cauliflower contains:
- 29 calories
- Close to 0 grams of fat, sodium, and sugar
- 73% daily value of vitamin C
- 19% daily value of vitamin K
- 15% daily value of folate 14%
- 13% daily value of pantothenic acid
- 12% daily value of vitamin B6
- 11% daily value of fiber
- 9% daily value of omega-3 fatty acids
How and Where to Select the Perfect Cauliflower:
If you’re shopping at your local farmers market, look for cauliflower that is tightly packed with its pieces pressed firmly together, not splayed open. While most cauliflower is found in white varieties, purple, yellow, and green cauliflowers can be found in certain parts of the world and are just as nutritious. You can now even find cauliflower in the produce or freezer section already riced and bagged ready for use.
10 Awesome Cauliflower Recipes:
Cauliflower is an excellent blank canvas. You can steam or blanch it to keep its essential flavors intact, but by roasting or sautéing it, you can bring out its sweetness. Cauliflower will absorb the oil and seasoning, soaking up flavors much like eggplant will, but it remains firmer. Don’t feel like your missing out on your old starchy favorites. Replace them with cauliflower and your flavorful dishes will be healthy and tasty.