Updated: Aug 19, 2020
One of the most versatile vegetables available seasonally right now! Because of it’s mild flavour (when cooked) and ability to take on flavour, it can be incorporated well into a wide range of dishes and is an easy substitute for starchy foods. The possibilities are endless, from eating it raw, boiling/steaming, roasting, baking, making it into a pizza crust, mashed and using it as a potato, or preparing it to resemble rice.
Although pale in colour (it can also be found in a few different colours — purple, green and orange), it’s mighty in its nutritional value. A high source of vitamin C, good source of folate and fibre. As well, cauliflower contains only 25 calories in 1/6 of a medium head and 5 grams of carbohydrate. As a vegetable that is part of the cruciferous family, research shows that it also offers health benefits that may reduce the risk of various types of cancer.
You can buy it by the head or for convenience - florets already cut, frozen or riced (chopped into small rice-size pieces) - available in the frozen section of the store.
Are you up to the Challenge? Why not try using cauliflower in a new way.
12 Great Ways to Use … Cauliflower
Ideas adapted from Oldways collection of one-page resources designed to help cooks of all abilities discover new and easy ways to use popular Mediterranean Diet ingredients.
Make cauliflower “rice” using your food processor (see recipe) or purchase frozen pre-cut cauliflower rice (the dietitians easiest choice)
Make a cauliflower pizza crust as a base for simple pizza toppings (see recipe here)
Toss cauliflower florets in olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 400 F for 25 - 30 minutes in a single layer on a baking sheet until tender and golden brown
Add roasted cauliflower to your taco, wrap, salad, burrito or buddha bowl, quinoa, pasta, fried rice or any other rice dish
Serve mashed cauliflower. Steam florets until tender, then puree them with milk, a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste
Add lightly steamed florets to a favourite macaroni and cheese recipe to add fibre and nutrients
Cook florets in chicken or vegetable stock with herbs, onion, celery, garlic, and carrots, then puree for a thick, satisfying soup
Toss roasted florets in your favourite vinaigrette, add grape tomatoes and sprinkle of feta cheese
Make the classic Indian dish aloo gobi by cooking florets and cubes of potato with turmeric, garlic, ginger, coriander and cumin
Substitute pureed cooked cauliflower for some or all of the cream in your favourite creamy soups to lighten them up
Dip slices of cauliflower in a beaten egg and coat in seasoned whole-grain panko breadcrumbs. Bake at 400F for 25 - 30 minutes or until the cauliflower is cooked through and the coating is crisp