Cauliflower is currently one of the most popular vegetables being blogged about, pinned and tweeted. Whether you are looking for gluten or wheat free alternatives, to cut back on calories or carbohydrates to lose weight or if you are just looking for healthy, tasty veggie side dishes, you can find recipes for cauliflower versions of everything from mashed potatoes to macaroni and cheese to pizza crust.
I’ve been on the hunt for great cauliflower recipes for a while now, and I’ve found a light, simple recipe from the Guardian.com, for roasted whole cauliflower that I made 2 nights ago, and just had to share it – Whole Roast Cauliflower with Lemon, Cumin & Olive Oil
Haven’t jumped on the cauliflower
If you’re not a fan of cauliflower or haven’t jumped on the cauliflower bandwagon yet, here are 3 reasons why you should add it to your diet
- Fights cancer – Cauliflower is part of a family of veggies that contain antioxidants that may actually help inactivate carcinogens. Some studies suggest these vegetables may help reduce the risk of lung, breast and colon cancer.
- It is ridiculously versatile – Cauliflower can be used as a healthy alternative to favorite comfort foods, such as cauliflower mashed potatoes or cauliflower rice.
- At only 27 calories and 6 grams of carbohydrate per cup (compared to 216 calories and 44 grams of carbohydrate in 1 cup of rice), this nutrition powerhouse will make it EASY to shift your calories at meals, which over the long term will naturally help you lose weight, without much effort.
The benefit of buying the cauliflower whole vs. pre-chopped
Now I have to admit, for the sake of time and simplicity, I usually buy cauliflower that has already been chopped in pieces for me (just because it’s less work!) but this time I decided to try a recipe using the whole cauliflower.
It is actually healthier to buy it whole vs. buying it pre-cut, because as soon as you cut the cauliflower, it starts to lose some of its nutrients. Why? Because more of the cauliflower will be exposed to air, light, and temperatures that may not be ideal – all of which may reduce or destroy nutrients. So if you can, best bet – buy cauliflower whole.
Ok, back to the recipe…
This recipe takes a little while to roast but only 5 minutes to prep. I find it has a light flavor so if you’re looking for strong flavors, you may have to add something that gives it a kick.
Here’s the recipe!
Try the recipe and let me know if you like it! If you make substitutions to the recipe, let me know and post your comments below!