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Cooking with cauliflower

March 28 2019
Esther Reynolds
By Esther Reynolds

It’s an excellent source of potassium and vitamin C, as well as being a source of fiber—and it’s a key player in building a healthy immune system. Plus it’s filling, inexpensive, and a Free Food on Slimming World’s Food Optimizing eating plan, meaning you can eat it freely to satisfy your appetite. Read on to discover more about the power of cauliflower…

Cooking with cauliflower

If you need some persuading
Not yet a cauli convert, but curious as to what all the fuss is about? Cauliflower has a mild and neutral flavor, making it easy to sneak into some of your favorite meals for more variety and a nutritional boost. Start by combining it with foods you’re already comfortable with, like mashed potatoes, or pasta—puree steamed florets with plain fat-free cottage cheese for a creamy mac ’n’ cheese-style sauce. You could even pulse your cauli to fine crumbs in a food processor, microwave on high for 3-4 minutes and mix with egg to create you own crispy (and healthy) pizza base.

If you’re already a fan
Make cauliflower the star on the plate by turning it into spicy steaks: Cut your cauliflower head into 1-inch thick slices, sprinkle with a small pinch of ground cumin and chile powder, and roast at 450°F for around 25 minutes, or until tender. Or you could roast it whole. Trim the leaves and woody stem off a medium-sized head, then coat the whole thing in plain fat-free Greek yogurt and season it with salt and pepper. Roast the cauliflower in a 400°F oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until a golden-brown crust forms and it feels very tender all the way through, and you’ve got yourself a truly showstopping veggie dish!

 

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