Health

The Humble Cauliflower

April 24, 2014

Humble and perhaps plain in its natural state, the cauliflower can be transformed into just about any flavour or texture you ask it to! It is a blank canvas ready to be transformed into a cooking masterpiece.

In addition to being really versatile, cauliflower has some wonderful qualities. Here are just a few:

  • It promotes Heart Health: Cauliflower helps in maintaining the heart and the cardiovascular system.
  • It lowers Cholesterol Levels: Cauliflower’s nutritional benefits include it being a rich source of fiber. This fiber helps in lowering our cholesterol levels.
  • It builds a Healthy Immune System: Cauliflower also contains antioxidants which act as an anti-inflammatory agent and help build a healthy immune system.
  • It Promotes Weight Loss: Cauliflower also helps us to lose weight. Cauliflower contains vitamin C which is key in burning fat. It also contains folate which again helps in weight loss. One cup of cauliflower contains about 30 calories. It is one of the non-starchy food items that can be eaten in unlimited quantity.
  • It Detoxifies the Body System: Cauliflower helps the body to activate enzymes in the liver that aids in detoxifying many organs thus protecting the system from any harm
  • It Aids in Fighting Cancer: Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that has also been shown to kill cancer stem cells, thereby slowing tumor growth. Some researchers believe eliminating cancer stem cells may be key to controlling cancer.

I asked you what your favourite Cauliflower recipe was and this is what YOU said:

Ullricke:

I just steam the cauliflower in my steamer for 15 min…love the warm taste of natural veggies.

Alison:

Cauliflower mash is our absolute best!

Other ideas were:

  • Add steamed cauliflower to mashed potatoes to sneak more vegetables in your dinner.
  • Purée cauliflower and use it to create a healthier pasta sauce.
  • Use cauliflower to make a healthier pizza base

For some traditional indulgence, here is a video explaining how to make the classic Cauliflower Cheese. What is your favourite recipe? Share it below!

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