With loads of unexpected health benefits, you would be forgiven for thinking cauliflower earns the right to be sold in the health food section.
Finally recognised as the food hero it really is, recipes for everything from cauliflower pizza to cauliflower steaks, cauliflower rice and spicy cauliflower bakes are flooding our feeds, as foodies are revisiting this unpretentious vegetable anew.
Cauliflower boasts a long list of health benefits such as helping fight inflammation with antioxidants, lessens heart and circulatory system issues, lowers cancer risks, supplying vitamin K to the body, improving digestion and detoxifying the body, supporting healthy weight loss, boosting brain health, keeping hormones in check, supporting healthy pregnancy and boosting the immune system for starters.
What to choose when buying Cauliflower
- Choose firm compact heads, avoid soft or separated flowers
- Avoid flowers with black mouldy spots
- Stem should be green without any dried, brown leaves
7 easy ways to cook cauliflower
1. Cauliflower couscous
Process florets in the food processor until they form couscous like grains. Steam or fry as an alternative to rice or any carbohydrate. It can even be a substitute for rice when making fried rice.
2. Pokè bowls
In its raw state, it is great in salads and pokè bowls.
3. Roasted in cauliflower salads
Roast cauliflower florets with your roast vegetables, you will find it is an enjoyable flavour sensation you weren’t expecting. Seasoned and oiled florets roast well at 220C for about 15-20 minutes
4. Cauliflower soup
Make into a beautiful creamy cauliflower soup.
5. Cauliflower steaks
Cut straight through cauliflower head into 2cm thick steaks, rub with oil and ground fennel and cumin seeds and roast on baking paper lined trays as above.
6. Spicy cauliflower florets
Toss tiny florets in olive oil and Mexican spice mix and roast as above. Serve in mini soft taco’s with all the trimmings and toppings as an alternative to meat.
7. Cauliflower pizza
Cauliflower can be made into pizza crusts and tortillas.