Monday, June 18, 2012

Should You Be Eating Cauliflower ?

Cauliflower is low in carbohydrates and calories. When nutritionists say, "don't eat anything white", they are certainly not talking about cauliflower. I make pizza, mock potato salad, mock rice, mock rice risotto, mock mashed potatoes and more all from cauliflower and most of the recipes taste so good, you never know they are made from this vegetable. In addition, cauliflower is very healthy and should be part of your diet.

Here are three good reasons you should be eating this white versatile vegetable.
  • First of all, it is a healthy crucerferous vegetable which provides lots of antioxidants thought to protect against diseases like cancer and help build a strong immune system.
  • Second, it is low in fat, calories, and carbs making it a perfect diet food.
  • Third, it tastes great ( these recipes are amazing) and can take the place of starchy potatoes or rice in many interesting recipes that appeal to adults and children alike.
Over the past year, I have been collecting cauliflower recipes. It's amazing how versatile this vegetable can be. The recipes that I am going to share are all gluten free and vegetarian which is perfect if you are looking for more meatless meals. I am always amazed at how good each of the recipes turns out ( They never really taste like cauliflower)

The possibilities for low calorie or low carb recipes using cauliflower are endless and delicious..
You can rice it, roast it, mash it, devil it, make it into a crust or a fabulous risotto.

Cauliflower Rice :
Use cauliflower instead of rice for a great side dish that can be made lo carb or low calorie
It is so simple to make and it actually has the texture of rice.
Use 1 head of cauliflower, cut it into flowerettes.
Place in the food processor. Zip on off on off on off about three times and it will look like rice.
It's hard to believe it really works!

Cauliflower Rice 

To cook it for low carb rice:
Steam rice for 5 minutes until soft. Add butter , salt and pepper

To cook it for Low calorie rice:
Steam rice for 5 minutes until soft. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe #1: The most basic
  • Roasted Cauliflower is one of my favorite recipes and by far is the simplest to make.Roasting brings out the best  flavor in any vegetable, and cauliflower is no exception

Before roasting I put these in a large zip loc bag with seasoning, ( oil if desired) and shake the bag to distribute the seasoning. If you want to keep it lower calorie, omit the oil in the bag and just spray with oil spray before roasting
.. will really crisp up when roasting. Bake at 450 degrees.
Put these on the bottom shelf so they don't burn and check after about 1/2 hour.

Mock Mashed Potato Type Cauliflower; 
This is very easy and tasty too. 
Steam the cauliflower flowerettes until tender, remove from steamer and mash with butter and a little cream or coconut milk. Serve for a low carb version of mashed potatoes.

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  1. I am pinning this for when I am not nursing anymore (or when we figure out exactly what upsets the baby's tummy). I am really glad for your blog because I am also having to go wheat free for the next couple of weeks to see if that helps the baby. Thank goodness for your recipes!!!

  2. I seriously love mashed cauliflower with some butter, salt and pepper. It's amazingly good. Even my wife who doesn't like cauliflower really likes it!

  3. Roasted cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetable dishes. I tried a recipe not long ago that used cauliflower as a sub for flour/roux in cheese sauce. It was great! Thanks for sharing these ideas @ See Ya In the Gumbo. Nice list to have.

  4. Love cauliflower! We eat it a lot of different ways, but never tried it in a potato style salad. That sounds interesting.

  5. Great round up! I like cauliflower more and more each year!


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