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Learn to Love: Cauliflower

When I learned that antioxidants, the healthy nutrients that help clean up free radical and possibly carcinogenic cells, add color to fruits and veggies, I assumed that cauliflower really had nothing going for it. I was wrong. The pale cousin to broccoli, cauliflower actually has a lot going on in both in terms of nutrition and taste.

First off, cauliflower is in season from December to March, so it should be easy to find a nice head of it at your grocery store right now. Plus, seasonal produce tends to be less expensive, which is a bonus in these crazy economic times.

Secondly, one cup of cauliflower contains 91 percent the recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin C. That is nothing to scoff at, especially if you don't enjoy drinking OJ. One cup also contains over three grams of fiber.

Cauliflower is considered a cruciferous vegetable, placing it in the same family as broccoli and kale. Cruciferous veggies may help prevent cancer, and they are known to reduce the risk of lung, colon, breast, ovarian, and bladder cancers. This class of veggies, cauliflower included, also benefit the liver and the cardiovascular system. The reasons to love cauliflower are plentiful!

Not sure how to cook it? See my new favorite way to prepare cauliflower when you


Cauliflower With Tumeric

Cauliflower With Tumeric

Cauliflower With Tumeric


  1. 1 large head of cauliflower
  2. 2/3 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  3. 1 teaspoon turmeric
  4. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  6. 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
  7. sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat broth in a stainless steel skillet on medium heat.
  2. When broth begins to steam, stir in tumeric then add cauliflower. Toss cauliflower in spiced brother, cver and cook 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. While cauliflower steam, whisk dressing large bowl.
  4. Transfer cooked cauliflower to bowl with dressing, and let sit for three minutes. This mellows the garlic by cooking it for just a bit. Toss the cauliflower with dressing and serve.
  5. Dress the dish up with a little chopped cilantro if you have any on hand.

Serves 4


teremel teremel 8 years
I like it, a lot!!!
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
I like cauliflower, but it gives me gas. So I don't eat it anymore (along with broccoli), sad.
lollofit lollofit 8 years
its good coated in bread crumbs and baked too
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I have always love cauliflower. Whether is raw or cooked I can never get enough. The farmer who's fields backed up to and surrounded the housing track I grew up in use to grow cauliflower and the farmers would laugh at us kids in the neighborhood because as soon as the cauliflower came up we kids would be in the fields watching a waiting for a chance to grab the bulbs. We'd all sitting on the fence surrounding the field and munch on our illgotten cauliflower bounty. With the parents in the neighborhood it was the tomato and peppers crop they raid with the kids - cauliflower and spring peas. I wish I had enough room and sunlight to grow my own cauliflower, kale and sprouts.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I love cauliflower! I like it just plain, but my mother in law steams it and mashes it up like mashed potatoes because she's diabetic and needs a white potato substitute. I always wondered if it was as healthy as broccoli because I knew it was in the same family as broccoli and kale, but it's white, so thanks for clearing that up!
karina2244 karina2244 8 years
cauliflower is so delicious pureed into soup - think it's a Cooking Light recipe maybe...
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I make the famous South Beach Diet cauliflower-mashed-potatoes all the time. Soo good.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Never tried it...
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 8 years
one of my fave veggies! i love it raw or like mashed potatoes. I just hate cutting's a cumbersome one!!
kia kia 8 years
I love roasting it. I either eat it like that or in a bowl topped with tomato soup, or mashed.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I sometimes make mashed "potatoes" for my boyfriend using cauliflower, but the smell really bugs me. I just can't over it.
dayzfan4life01 dayzfan4life01 8 years
I had cauliflower for lunch today, actually! And Laurmigs, the whole cinnamon/sugar thing sounds great!
missyd missyd 8 years
wow laurmigs, cinnamon and sugar?? I am going to HAVE to try that! I bet it is good!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I've never liked cauliflower. The texture doesn't bother me, because I like broccoli. It's the taste and smell I can't get over. My grandmother used to steam cauliflower and then cabbage for lunch. The smell still haunts me.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I saw Guy Fieri make it into what looked like mashed potatoes (using only cauliflower and milk and butter) and topped it with oven roasted califlower. It looked good, so maybe I'll give it a shot that way. I'm with you Fit, I always thought there wasn't much to cauliflower nutritionally because it didn't have much color. Ilanac, some of my friends don't dig OJ much either (I think mostly due to the acidity).
laurmigs laurmigs 8 years
I just had cauliflower for breakfast this morning! I like to roast it with a little margarine, cinnamon and sugar.. so good!! Also, it makes a great faux "rice" or "mashed potatoes"!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's funny - this is one of those veggies that i didn't like growing up, but i've been eating it more and more because of it's texture rather than taste, but knowing the great benefits of it, i'll eat it even more. i'm not a fan of OJ (don't know why) so it's great to know that there's something good to be said about having this in place!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Yummy! My favourite way to make it though is roasting it in the oven with a little olive oil. Would that destroy the nutrients though?
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