Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Move Over, Kale... Cauliflower is the New Super Food!

As I was going through my daily blog feeds recently, I noticed a general trend in recipe posts. They all shared one common ingredient: cauliflower!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Cumin
As much as I love and appreciate the benefits that kale brings, I for one am getting sick of the kale-is-the-holy-grail mentality that people have had. Yes, its health benefits are never ending and yes, it makes for a great salad and smoothie addition but there are so many under appreciated vegetables out there that do just the same!

Enter the cauliflower, a vegetable that has been around since forever but always seen as broccoli's ugly step sister. But step aside, 2014 is cauliflower's year.

Drake One Fifty's Roasted Cauliflower
Gluten free and diabetic friendly with a low glycaemic index, cauliflower is a close substitute in dishes that call for traditional carbs or protein. It's a good source of Vitamin C, folate, potassium and fibre. 100 grams of raw cauliflower (~1 cup) holds 25 calories, 2 grams of protein, 0.3 grams of fat, 2 grams of dietary fibre, 2 grams of sugars and 5 grams of carbs. And since they are in the same vegetable family as broccoli, they are rich in organic compounds called indoles, which have a positive impact on  your health.

Home of the Brave's Buffalo Cauliflower
The things you can do with cauliflower are endless. Eat it raw or finely chop it up for a couscous texture. Or caramelise it in a skillet or puree it. Steam it and eat it on its own or blend it to create a mashed potato texture. Speaking of which, did you know cauliflower when mashed tastes exactly like mashed potatoes? but with fewer calories and fat and 30% less carbs too.

At Cedar Restaurant in Washington, cauliflower is grated into little pieces to resemble rice and cooked into a risotto. All the flavour but none of the calories! In Superba Snack Bar in California, cauliflower replaces T-bone steak with a thick slab of grilled cauliflower

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In Toronto, cauliflower is showing no shortage on restaurant menus. Drake One Fifty offers a roasted cauliflower with black truffles. Bannock has a warm cauliflower and white anchovy salad and the recent Home of the Brave has replaced buffalo wings with cauliflower .

Bannock's warm cauliflower and white anchovy salad

What do you think? Do you like cauliflower and love that this could be the new trend?