Wednesday, February 23, 2011

(Cauli)Flower Power!

This crunchy cruciferous vegetable packs a bigger nutritional punch than you might think. Related to brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage, cauliflower is loaded with phytochemicals - which defend against heart disease and cancer. Cauliflower is a good source of fiber, folate and Vitamin B6, and a very good source of Vitamin C. Just one cup contains 90% of your daily 'C' needs. How easy is that? Below you'll find two ways to enjoy its flower power.

Mashed Cauliflower
Potatoes - consider yourself warned! There's a new veggie in town, primed for smashing. Simply steam cauliflower florets (I put mine on the burner for about 10 minutes). While warm, put the soft florets, a splash of olive oil, and about two tablespoons of your cooking water in a food processor. Pulse until smooth (unless you like the lumps).
Finish with sea salt and pepper, to taste.
With less than 100 calories per 5oz. serving, this is a comfort food you'll want to indulge in!

Cauliflowers & Capers
While you want to buy a head of cauliflower that's both firm and bright white, one of the best ways to enjoy this veggie is by turning the florets bright brown - through roasting.
Bread your florets into bites, drizzle with olive oil and toss chopped capers and two cloves of minced garlic into an oven-ready dish.
Roast in a 400 degree oven, stirring occasionally, for 30 - 40 minutes.
Plate the final product and add a splash of fresh lemon juice.

Looking for a 'main' event to feature with one of these tasty sides?
I love Ina Garten's Mustard-Roasted Fish recipe. Find it here.

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