Think cauliflower

How long is it since you bought a cauliflower? I bought one for the first time in ages this week. Cauliflowers are in season during the winter months, so I think they deserve some attention.

Cauliflowers are packed with nutrients, like:

  • Vitamin K – helps with blood coagulation
  • Vitamin C – helps with wound healing
  • Fibre – helps to relieve constipation
  • B vitamins – contribute to energy production and wound healing
  • Phosphorous – helps keep the skeleton strong and contributes to energy production
  • Potassium – helps to keep muscles and nerves working

Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable (you can do more than just boil it), so have a look at your favourite on-line recipe sites and see what they have to offer. Look for starters, main meals, side dishes or snacks containing cauliflower, such as:

  • Cauliflower and cumin soup
  • Cauliflower curry
  • Cauliflower cheese and spinach pasta bake
  • Cauliflower and chickpea pilaf
  • Cauliflower mash
  • Cauliflower tempura

So, go in search of a cauliflower and try a new recipe this week.

Update 18/11/2011: I have now learned that cauliflower is produced in England all year long so we should remember to look for summer recipes too

Update 30/12/12: Swap mashed potato for pureed cauliflower – chop and boil one cauliflower until soft, then drain and put into food processor with 1 tablespoon of low-fat fromage frais, a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of nutmeg. Serve in dollops with your main course

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