3 Mouthwatering Ways to Cook With Cauliflower

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Cauliflower—once the despised vegetable that stood between you and leaving the din­ner table—is having a moment. It’s being stuffed in tacos, slathered with buffalo sauce, and made into mash. It even holds center stage in lieu of a cut of beef. Plus, more varieties are available now than ever: yellow, purple, and its cousin, a spiraled Italian kind called Roma­nesco. Turns out, cauliflower is super versatile.

 

 

And it couldn’t happen to worthier pro­duce.

“Cauliflower is rich in antioxidants and nutrients with protective properties that affect almost all the systems in your body,” says Alexandra C. Oppenheimer Delvito, a New York–based nutritionist.

Take choline, for example, a nutrient in cauliflower that’s key for cell functioning and metabolism—and one that most people don’t get enough of, Delvito says. It’s especially important for endurance athletes, since a choline deficiency can hurt muscle function.


Fit Food: the Benefits of Cauliflower

And cauliflower is great for your gut. A study in the Journal of Functional Foods found that a compound found in the vege­table breaks down in the stomach and feeds the good gut bacteria, aiding metabolism, and bolstering the immune system.

To retain nutrients and phytochemicals, keep cook times short. Steam, sear, or eat the veg raw, but never boil. Here are three recipes to make your meals a little more cruciferous.

Gluten-Free Cauliflower-and-Chickpea Pizza Crust

Cauliflower is rich in antioxidants and nutrients—and low on carbs—making it the perfect substitute for traditional dough on pizza night. 

Get the full recipe here.

 

 

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Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice is a good way to lighten your carb load while upping the vegetable intake. Treat it like you would regular rice: using it as the base for curry; folding it into a burrito; or simply drizzling it with olive oil and seasoning with salt and pepper. 

Get the full recipe here

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Cauliflower Steak With Salsa Verde

This cauliflower “steak” is made with whole heads—leaves and stems removed—to create a hearty, satisfying meal perfect for vegans, vegetarians, or meat-eaters looking for something that’ll shake up dinner.

Get the full recipe here.

 

James Ransom

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