If you ain't on the cauliflower train...well...you will be soon!

 
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Any cauliflower fans in the house?!

Well if you aren't one right now, you will soon become one after you see all these tasty cauli ideas I have for you!

I think we first need to talk CAULIFLOWER though.... I mean, what happened to him? Broccoli got all the green chlorophyll and cauliflower just got well... nothing. Poor brother cauliflower...

BUT just because cauliflower doesn't have a dark beautiful green colour doesn't mean that he's lesser of a guy than broccoli. You got that? Good.

CAULIFLOWER is one powerful guy!

Here's what makes him so special and good for YOU!

Cauliflower is, yes indeed, a brother of broccoli. They belong to the cruciferous family and just to make them even more closely related they also both belong to the very special brassica family. Just because cauli is lacking some bright colour doesn't mean he is lacking nutrients.

  • In fact, cauli has as much phytonutrient content as broccoli, which can help ward off disease and keep the body working. Phytonutrients provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits (1).
  • Can help with digestion, detoxification and hormone balancing.
  • High in antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta-carotene.
  • Great source of vitamin K and vitamin B6, folate, manganese, biotin and of course: fibre! (for those poops). 
    (2)

So now that you believe me when I say that cauli is just as amazing as it's fellow family members, let's get to the best part...DELICIOUS WAYS TO EAT CAULIFLOWER! Mmmmmm!

Here's 4 of My FAVE (un-boring) ways to enjoy cauliflower:

  • Crispy, roasted cauliflower with spices such as curry, turmeric, cumin - here's an easy recipe!
  • Cauliflower mash - a great alternative to potato!
    • Simply steam your cauli, BUT DO NOT STEAM UNTIL MUSHY, NO NO NO!
      > Add to a food processor and add in garlic, sea salt, pepper, olive oil + if you want a cheezy flavour, nutritional yeast. Blend until smooth and creamy!
  • Cauliflower rice - what? Say what? Yes, you can make cauliflower look and act like rice.
    • After washing, break cauliflower florets into smaller pieces and add to a food processor.> Pulse until it looks like kernels of rice.
      > Now my fave way to enjoy, heat oil like coconut in a pan.
      > Add fresh ginger and garlic, saute for a minute.
      > Add in cauliflower. Cook 5-10 minutes.
      > Extra add in - full fat coconut cream. Stir this into the cauliflower when cooking and it'll be like coconut rice.
       
  • Cauliflower TOTS - my newest creation... good enough to save for later in your parachute pants pocket (Napoleon Dynamite reference... anyone?!) - full recipe below!
    Gluten-free & dairy-free

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Ingredients
Roughly a 1/4 of a head of cauliflower
2 eggs (I feel like 2 flax eggs for a vegan option would also work)
1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
1/3 cup gluten-free all purpose flour (chickpea flour could also work if you want to experiment)
1/3 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp yellow curry powder
1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add cauliflower into a food processor. Process until it turns into small little kernels, not mush or mash.
  3. Add the cauliflower into a mixing bowl. Add eggs, oil and mix.
  4. Add in all other ingredients and mix well.
  5. Scoop out tbsp sized balls, drop on baking sheet and press down just a bit with your fingers. Like in the photo.
  6. Bake for 10 min, then flip and bake for another 5 minutes. Until both side are golden.
  7. Serve these by themselves, with a healthy dip or just with a squeeze of Sriracha like the BF decided to do LOL. Some like them HOT! 
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Now that your dinner options have been SPICED THE F*CK up, go find yourself some delicious and nutritious organic cauliflower.
P.S. you can even find purple, green and orange cauliflower... is your mind blown?


References

(1) Dr. Axe. Cauliflower Benefits, Nutrition & Recipes. Retrieved from https://draxe.com/cauliflower/. March 7, 2018.

(2) The World's Healthiest Foods. Cauliflower. Retrieved from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=13. March 7, 2018.


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