Healthy Food Trend: Cauliflower
(pictured: Spring Giardiniera)
Is it me or is cauliflower popping up EVERYWHERE right now? Just this past few weeks, I think I’ve seen a new cauliflower recipe of some sort every other day. Cauliflower is one of those veggies that I think throws people for a loop, meaning, they buy it with intentions of trying something new and delicious but usually settle for something typical like raw in a salad or veggie plate, steamed, or how I like to cook it, roasted. I think Brenda nailed it when she listed it as an up and coming food trend this year during last month’s Land O’Lakes Kitchen Conversations. And based on the comments from the giveaway post, many of you are on board with that trend too!
(pictured: Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Flatbread Pizza)
Roasted cauliflower is actually one of my kids’ favorite vegetables, believe it or not. I’m not really sure how that happened because I don’t make it all the time, but when I do my kids are happy. I usually roast it with olive oil, salt and pepper and even a little Parmesan cheese (red pepper flakes on mine!). Sometimes I throw it in pasta. I’ve mentioned before that one of my most craved and favorite pizza at a local pizza place is their Cauliflower Pizza and to satisfy that craving (more often and more economically), I had to come up with my own at home.
Not only is cauliflower incredibly versatile, it’s really really good for you. It’s high in vitamin C (almost as much as some citrus fruit!), folate, and dietary fiber. It’s also falls into the cancer fighting veggie family, the cruifers aka the cabbage family. (Source: Wikipedia). I think it’s safe to say that adding cauliflower to the weekly veggie rotation will benefit you and your entire family.
I’m excited about all the recipes for cauliflower I’m seeing, I wanted to share with you a few that have caught my eye and sound like a delicious new way to try cauliflower. I like when I see a vegetable becoming a “food trend”. I’m thinking cauliflower is this year’s Brussels sprout, what do you think? What’s your favorite way to cook up cauliflower?
I’m incredibly hungry after compiling this list and I have a feeling you will be too. 🙂
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