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13 Ways to Love Cauliflower

Have you noticed that cauliflower is the new kale? I mean really. It’s everywhere you look – cooking magazines, cooking shows, e-cookbooks, and of course Pinterest.

Unlike many people, I’ve always liked cauliflower, but I think it had more to do with the brown butter sauce my mom used to put on it. Let’s be honest, anything tastes great with brown butter sauce. But the plain, always boiled cauliflower that we ate growing up… Meh. It had no real taste. Thinking about that now, I guess that’s why cauliflower has taken over the vegetable show. It’s super versatile and plays nice with a major range of flavors and textures, and cooking methods.

As a nutritionist, I also love cauliflower for its nutritional profile. It’s full of vitamins C, K, and many of the Bs. It’s also a good source of fiber and has a very low glycemic index, and…wait for it… A cup of cauliflower has a tiny little 29 calories!

The biggest reason I adore this cruciferous vegetable though is for its cancer-fighting power. The strong sulfur-like smell from boiled or leftover cauliflower (or any cruciferous vegetables) comes from compounds called glucosinolates. According to the National Cancer Institute, these compounds have been shown to prevent the growth of several different types of cancer in lab animals, and there seems to be an association between higher intakes of cruciferous vegetables and lower cancer rates in people.

So eat your cauliflower people! If you need some recipes, here are a few of my favorites from my blogging buddies.

Cauliflower and Roasted Garbanzo “Rice and Peas”|The First Mess
Cauliflower and Roasted Garbanzo “Rice and Peas”|The First Mess
General Tso’s Cauliflower|Bakeaholic Mama
General Tso’s Cauliflower|Bakeaholic Mama
Cauliflower Cakes|My SanFrancisco Kitchen
Cauliflower Cakes|My SanFrancisco Kitchen
Cauliflower Crust Garlic Breadsticks|The Iron You
Cauliflower Crust Garlic Breadsticks|The Iron You
Cauliflower Fried Rice|Kirin Tarun
Cauliflower Fried Rice|Kirin Tarun
Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Lemon Sauce|Wandering Spice
Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Lemon Sauce|Wandering Spice
Grated Cauliflower Salad|Cookin Canuck
Grated Cauliflower Salad|Cookin Canuck
Spice Merchant Cauliflower Couscous|Food 52
Spice Merchant Cauliflower Couscous|Food 52
Cilantro Line Cauliflower Rice|Skinny Taste
Cilantro Line Cauliflower Rice|Skinny Taste
Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan|Kalyn’s Kitchen
Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan|Kalyn’s Kitchen
Creamy Mashed Cauliflower|Everyday Maven
Creamy Mashed Cauliflower|Everyday Maven
Savory Cauliflower Crust Pizza Crust|Bakers Royale
Savory Cauliflower Crust Pizza Crust|Bakers Royale
Alon Shaya’s Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese|Food 52
Alon Shaya’s Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese|Food 52

How do you do cauliflower?  Do you love it or hate it?

Eat well!

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6 Comments

  1. I absolutely love cauliflower and I can’t wait to try these recipes, all except the last one. You lost me with the goat cheese. I’ll try it using something other than goat cheese. I love seeing cauliflower used i so many different ways.

    1. Glad you like the recipes! I know what you mean about goat cheese ~ it’s one of those love it or hate it foods. Definitely substitute what you like 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

  2. First let me congratulate you for using the word cruciferous successfully in a sentence. I think I might have flopped that. And cauliflower crust bread sticks? Oh yes. That looks great and gives me hope that there’s plenty of low calorie (and still flavorful) food out there.

    1. Ha Ha! Cruciferous is a great word isn’t it? I know what you mean about those bread sticks – I’ll be making those soon 🙂

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