When I was a kid I despised cauliflower. My mom didn't make it often but, when she did, I tried every strategy a kid could to get out of eating it, mostly making the most horrible gagging sound at the table to make my parents think I was going to throw up. I had strict parents. They saw right through it. So I choked it down.
As an adult I continued to avoid cauliflower until I found my passion for natural nutrition and realized that there were more ways to prepare it other than boiling it (as my mom did) or steaming it.
When it comes to nutrients, cauliflower packs a powerful punch. As part of the cruciferous vegetable family, it offers vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help protect against inflammation and many diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancers. One cup of raw cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin K (476% of your daily recommended intake!), and vitamin C. It is also a great source of fiber, potassium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Like all cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower is also an excellent source of sulfur, making it supportive for our body's natural liver detoxification processes.
If you have shunned cauliflower like I have in the past, I am excited to help you rediscover this nutritional superstar with three delicious recipes:
Try my decadent Chocolate Cauliflower Shake, a great way to start the day!
My Pesto Cauliflower Rice is an excellent way to reduce your carbohydrate intake but still add a delicious rice'-like side dish to your main course.
A new spin on an old favourite, these Buffalo Cauliflower Wings will have everyone raving at your next get together. You can't have just one, and these wings are 100% guilt-free!
If you don't dislike cauliflower, these three recipes are some new and exciting ways to incorporate it into your meal rotation. Give these recipes a try and let me know how you like them. I'd love to hear from you!
For more new ways to include healthy veggies into your diet, check out my Quick 'n' Easy Meal Plan for an entire week's worth of nutrient-dense recipes, a shopping list and preparation guide. Get in, get nourished, and be on your way in less than 30 minutes per recipe!
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Jill Taylor is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of two pretty awesome teenagers, s very dramatic dog, a hedgehog and a snake (yikes!). Jill assists her clients in achieving true wellness through thoughtful and compassionate dietary and lifestyle coaching. Feel free to visit the "Contact" page to get in touch. Jill would love to hear from you!