Cauliflower is so packed with vitamins and minerals that it could almost be considered its own food group. The nutritional value of cauliflower compares quite favorably with the potato at about a third of the calories.
The benefits of eating vegetables is that they're nutritional powerhouses! Cauliflower is particularly rich in potassium, calcium and vitamins C and K but has less than 5 grams of carbohydrates per 100 gram serving. Mercola.com calls cauliflower a superfood because it contains so many health benefits. For example:
- Cauliflower contains sulforaphane which helps kill cancer stem cells which slows the growth of tumors. It is especially effective with prostrate, ovarian and cervical cancers.
- High levels of vitamin C help boost the immune system. This natural antioxidant not only fights free radicals but also prevents infections and even cancer.
- Alone or combined with Turmeric, it regulates inflammation in the body.
One of the simplest ways to reap the benefits of cauliflower is to eat it raw in a salad, but that's only the tip of the...cauliflower. You can steam it or mash it, make an Au gratin or a stir fry. It is especially good grilled. Because it is such a mild tasting vegetable, you can incorporate it into many dishes without compromising flavor.
Try this easy-to-make recipe for cauliflower mashed potatoes and you'll see how easy it is to replace your high calorie, high carb potatoes with a tasty, healthy alternative. Cooking tip: never skip the chicken stock step. This adds umami to your dish – a depth of flavour that turns your cauliflower mash multi-dimensional.
If you prefer something with a little more crunch and a bit more tangy, try this Parmesan roasted cauliflower recipe as a nice accompaniment to grilled chicken or fish.
You may have heard about this one around the gym or your boot camp: one of the more interesting ways to use cauliflower is as a substitute for bread or pizza crust.
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