Although it’s actually a member of the same family as broccoli, most cauliflower lacks the familiar green color shared by its relatives because it is shielded from the sun during growth by the leaves of the plant. In spite of the absence of chlorophyll, which is what gives broccoli, cabbage, and other green vegetables their color, cauliflower is still an incredible source of nutrients. Although traditionally seen in white, there are actually green, orange and also purple varieties of this vegetable. With a milder, almost sweet flavor, it might be easier to get your kids to give it a try.
On its own or mixed with other vegetables, cauliflower offers a flavorful, nutrition packed serving of healthy vegetables your family will love.
The Nutrition in Cauliflower
Just like broccoli, cauliflower contains enzymes and compounds that are known cancer fighters. These phytonutrients common to cruciferous vegetables help to eradicate free radicals and eliminate carcinogens from the body. New research on these incredibly healthy vegetables is uncovering more health benefits all the time, but there is already enough known to make them a must-have on your plate.
Cauliflower is packed with nutrients. It is an incredibly good source of Vitamin C, and also a good source of Vitamins K and B6 as well as folate. Cauliflower also provides dietary fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids. It also offers a number of other vitamins and minerals.
How to Serve Cauliflower
Cauliflower makes a great side dish simply oven roasted with a little garlic, but it can also be cooked and served in a number of different ways. It’s great added to a salad or even served on a vegetable platter with dip. It can be cooked and mashed just like potatoes, or even mixed in with potatoes. Cauliflower is also delicious with a cheese sauce – instead of macaroni and cheese, try serving baked cauliflower and cheese with a crumb topping for a delicious and very healthy twist on a kid’s favorite dish. They might even like it better than the original!
Cream of cauliflower soup is a delicious new twist on the same old cream soups you eat all the time – try it instead of cream of mushroom. Cauliflower is also a great addition to a stir-fry instead of or right along with broccoli.
Because it bakes up very nicely, cauliflower works wonderfully in casseroles. It’s especially good with creamy sauces and pairs very well with chicken, eggs and pork. Add some to fettuccine alfredo to boost the nutritional content and compliment the creamy taste. Because it has a mellower taste than broccoli, it won’t overwhelm delicate flavors in your favorite dishes. Try it in an omelet with cheese, or in a quiche.
Because it has a similar flavor and texture to potatoes, without the starch, cauliflower makes a great replacement for them in a number of dishes. You can cook cauliflower in just about any manner you would potatoes. They’re a great change to the same old meat-and-potatoes meals!
For a versatile food that offers an incredible number of nutrients and health benefits, cauliflower just can’t be beat. Because it’s generally at its best during the cooler months, it also translates into a great comfort food for a cold winter’s day; but it’s equally at home at a summer picnic in a fresh tossed salad or all by itself!