Welcome to my ultimate guide to cauliflower. Expect to be vowed with the great things that you can do with the white vegetable.
Me and cauliflower go way back. It has been a vegetable that I have always eaten and loved.
I probably remember it most when I had hit double figures and I had become a vegetarian. Vegetarian life just wouldn’t be the same without cauliflower cheese. It was probably the only decent thing on a vegetarian menu when I ate out and it was the comfort food that my aunts and my mum would make me.
Apart from this the only other way I would have a cauliflower would be boiled and that was it. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s there was not much vegetable eating and this was as far as the poor cauliflower went.
Yet in 2015 as a family of four we go through four large cauliflowers per week and still end up running out before the week is over!
Yet today there are some fantastic ways to cook with a cauliflower and with it being super healthy, you’re winning on both counts.
What is a cauliflower?
A cauliflower is one of several vegetables to the Brassicaceae family. It grows all year round that reproduces from its seeds and typically only the head is ever eaten. From the Brassica family you also have broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts and kale.
Even though it is similar to the typical green cabbage, it does taste much better!
I love the English Dictionary for its definition:
“A cabbage of a variety which bears a large immature flower head of small creamy-white flower buds.”
That kind of sums it up perfectly doesn’t it?
What are the benefits of cauliflower?
There are a few benefits of eating cauliflower and the most common are:
Low in calorie – 100g of cauliflower is just 25 calories
Vitamin C – The cauliflower is very high in vitamin C
Excellent carb alternative – with more and more recipes coming out each day using cauliflower it makes it excellent for a low carb diet.
Versatile – with a cauliflower you can make soup, side vegetables, cauliflower cheese, breadcrumbs, cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza dough and even in a curry.
Full of anti-oxidants – Because of the anti-oxidants it is great for fighting your body against cancer.
Anti-Inflammatory – It is perfect for you if you have asthma or arthritis.
Lower blood pressure – because of the vitamins in a cauliflower it is incredibly good for improved heart health. If you have high blood pressure eat more cauliflower and less processed foods.
What can you cook with a cauliflower?
When I think I know all the different ways to cook a cauliflower, I will then see another great recipe with it being done another way.
I love the way it is used to cook cauliflower rice, breadcrumbs, crotons and pizza bases. This is without thinking of it in a more traditional way with soups, stews, casseroles or simply served with some meat and potatoes.
Here are a few of my favourite recipes using cauliflower:
To sum it all up, the infographic below gives you quick visual information about your cauliflower: