“Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education.” Mark Twain
This marks our last blog for cauliflower! Next month we are moving on to a new vegetable to integrate into your diet. Some of you may be glad to have a new vegetable to try out especially if cauliflower is just not your thing.
Over the past couple of weeks I have tried to sneak cauliflower into our dinners without Jason noticing. The most successful to date was adding it to our twice baked potatoes for our vegetarian night.
For this, I simply steamed some cauliflower (I also steamed broccoli and spinach) and added to the scooped out potato insides plus all the other regular fixings. Since cauliflower has such a mild taste, he had no idea. I waited for him to rave about how good the dinner was before telling him.
Another favorite, that Jack has requested many times is what he calls Cheesy Cauliflower. Obviously, adding cheese to anything makes it better! For this recipe I did the following:
- Cut cauliflower into bite size pieces.
- Heat 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil into a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add cauliflower making sure not to crowd the pan. You may have to work in batches.
- Let this cook for about 5 minutes until the cauliflower starts to brown.
- Add 2-3 cloves of garlic plus some salt. Cook for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Add 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese plus some pepper.
So simple! Plus you can vary this in so many ways.
For example, tonight I made this without this cheese (Jack was not home for dinner) and added some onions and zucchini plus some red pepper flakes. It made for a quick side on a busy weeknight.
I encourage you to play around and see what type of sautéed cauliflower dish you can come up with!
To wrap up my thoughts on cauliflower…
- Cauliflower is best with lots of seasoning, added vegetables and above all cheese makes it really good.
- Instead of steaming which has been my go to in the past I found roasting and sautéing to be a better way to prepare it.
- Raw cauliflower is rough on those with stomach issues like IBS, Chrohn’s etc. Cooking is a much gentler way to eat this veggie.
- Cauliflower is the most nutritious white food out there! Protein, Fiber, Vitamin C , K, B6 and Folate! What is there not to like about that!
Moving on…. next month was picked by Jack so you can all blame him! At least I am because I’ll be honest this vegetable is not my favorite.
Next Wednesday and every Wednesday in the month of March you all can start to learn more about Beets!