We are loving cauliflower!

 

There was a time when the only way I consumed cauliflower was smothered in a heavy cheese sauce. However, more recently I have been using cauliflower more and more in different ways, and the easy preparation as well as the nutritional benefits may get you too!

This cauliflower loving post was inspired by a summer picnic dish I prepared this morning. I decided to replace my normal (and just as yummy!) quinoa tabouleh for something a little different (see the recipe below and image to the right).
PassionAtely cauliflower tabouleh

Ingredients

1 cauliflower head
1 red pepper – sliced cauliflower and roasted veggies
1/4 courgette – chopped into cubes
1/3 aubergine – chopped into cubes
1 garlic clove – chopped finely

1-2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
drizzle of tamari
1/4 lime (juice)
optional: pinch of sea salt and black pepper to taste
optional: fresh mint or coriander
prepare the vegetables for roasting (all part from cauliflower), place onto a baking tray then sprinkle with olive oil and tamari sauce and mix together. Place in the oven at 200/220 degrees celsius for 8-10 minutes
blitz the cauliflower in a food processor or grate until resembling grain – place into a bowl or container
place the roasted vegetables into the cauliflower and mix together – squeeze lime juice, herbs and seasoning to taste – Enjoy!

further options:

additions or alternatives for roasted veggies: tomatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms, chilli etc.
spices can be used e.g. cayenne, chilli etc.
Nutrients in cauliflower…

Cauliflower contains high levels of vitamin C and K which are both important in anti ageing (cells and skin). If this isn’t enough reason to eat more then here are more grounds for the revival of cauliflower in your diet.

Cauliflower contains nutrients which:
promote healthy skin, hair, nails and nerves
support healthy formation of brains and nerves in pregnancy
help make anti stress hormones
support production of collagen (anti-ageing for skin!)
are important for producing energy
neutralise free radicals – cause of cell damage which leads to disease and ageing

other ways to enjoy cauliflower…

Avoid overcooking cauliflower as with most vegetables as nutritional values are compromised but also cauliflower can turn to mush. Cauliflower is tasty when roasted either whole or broken into florets or included into a stir fry, soup or stew. This makes cauliflower a wonderful replacement for rice or couscous as well as an alternative to a pizza bread base – making it a versatile and useful ingredient for those with a gluten intolerance or coeliac disease.

Cauliflower pizza crust

serves 6cauliflower crust pizza

Ingredients

1 cauliflower head
150g ground almonds
1-2 eggs
1 garlic clove diced

optional toppings: tomato puree, vegetables, mozzarella

blend or grate the cauliflower into a bowl – cover with clingfilm and cook on a medium heat in the microwave for 2 minutes (steam).
use a clean towel to dab some of the moisture away from the steamed cauliflower
mix together all of the ingredients then shape into a pizza base onto baking paper within a baking tray – bake at 200 degrees celsius for 5-8 minutes
add toppings then place back into the oven for approximately 10 minutes

Do you have some different ways of using cauliflower? Please comment and let us know.

Lots of love and health,

Kelly x

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