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Learn to Love: Cauliflower

With all this talk about eating colorful fruits and veggies, pale cauliflower often gets left out in the cold. Just because it lacks color doesn't mean you should neglect this veggie.

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. Plus, seasonal produce tends to be less expensive.

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!


Marlovestar Marlovestar 9 years
Yum I love to sautee it with mushrooms and Sesame oil.
bp99 bp99 9 years
yeah, im not a big fan. also i heard that cauliflower soaks up any pesticides used on it, so it's important to get organic.
geohiker geohiker 9 years
I really do not like cauliflower, but my husband loves it and is always trying to convince me to eat more of it by pointing out how healthy it is.
dubyah dubyah 9 years
I love cauliflower! The only thing I don't like about it is the smell it leaves behind in the kitchen!! I usually steam a few cups then throw it in my mixer with fat free sour cream and fat free 'butter spread'. VERY good!
klandrach klandrach 9 years
Have you guys ever heard of brocc-flower? It is a cross between cauliflower and broccoli and tastes really good. My step-mom used to steam it and then serve it with a little seasoned rice wine vinegar on top. Yummy!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Oh yay! This is the *only* vegetable my kids eat happily with no diguises. I didn't really think it was all that nutritious so I'm totally stoked on this post!
missyd missyd 9 years
I LOVE LOVE LOVE cauliflower. It is my favorite veggie. I like it boiled, and mashed with some light butter on it, as a replacement for potatoes. Or just steamed with some salt and pepper. Or raw, with some fat free ranch dip. Or in a stir fry with sweet chili sauce. Or......I could go on, the list is endless. If you ever want an idea of something different to do with your cauliflower, I'm your gal :-)
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I love c-flower. I used to only like it with cheese, but I've graduated to using hummus and it's delish.
Home Home 9 years
Cauliflower also tastes a lot better in the winter because the lower temperatures add sweetness to it. One of my favorite lazy work-night meals is steaming cauliflower till it's halfway cooked, then throwing it in a broth with sauteed onions. Let it all cook together with generous amounts of pepper, any fresh herbs you have, and some salt, and then whir it in a food processor or mash with a masher. Creamy cauliflower soup, tasty and very healthy!
Tutta Tutta 9 years
I've always been curious about trying it mashed as a replacement to potatoes...hmmm, maybe I can sneak it in on my meat and potato guy ;)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
marygrace marygrace 9 years
cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables. it tastes especially good roasted, and is also really delicious mashed up with some olive oil.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I LOVE Cauliflower so this is good for me :)
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