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Cauliflower is one of those boring vegetables you were forced to eat, steamed, as a kid. There it sat, dauntingly on your plate, maybe a little salt and butter on it if you were lucky. Enter roasted cauliflower– the best way to enjoy cauliflower’s myriad health benefits!
Who knew there are so many ways to fancy up cauliflower!? Say goodbye to boring steamed cauliflower, and don’t eat it raw– it can be very difficult to digest (causing gas and bloating), and the cruciferous family contains goitrogens that can suppress thyroid function if eaten raw (cooking deactivates these constituents). There are tons of easy ways to dress up this versatile vegetable so you can deliciously enjoy the benefits it provides: great for supporting liver detox pathways, anti-cancer protective, rich in antioxidants.
I highly recommend cauliflower mash in place of high glycemic mashed potatoes. Or try cauliflower rice, a great option if you’re avoiding grains. You can even buy cauliflower pizza crusts at the store now!
Last night I made my own version of cracklin’ roasted cauliflower, a spicy Indian dish. Very easy way to enjoy cauliflower– roasted. Delicious, and the curry powder offers the wonderful antioxidant wonder spice, turmeric.
If you don’t have these spices on hand, just toss with crushed garlic, sea salt and pepper. You can’t go wrong with the wonderful flavor of roasted cauliflower.
Easy Roasted Cracklin' Cauliflower
- 1 head cauliflower, sliced thinly
- 1/4 cup olive oil, more or less
- 1 tsp garam masala you can leave this out if you don't have it
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- sea salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425F
- Toss everything together in a bowl to coat.
- Roast for about 20 minutes at 425 and toss a bit. Continue roasting until caramelized. You can finish under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp It up a bit.
Mary Vance is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and author specializing in digestive health. She combines a science-based approach with natural therapies to rebalance the body. In addition to her 1:1 coaching, she offers courses to help you heal your gut and improve your health. Mary lives in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in Northern California. Read more about her coaching practice here and her background here.
Thanks, Mary. I’ll try this. I have turmerick…have used it for years. Do I use it along with the curry powder or just one or the other?
Who gave you plain cauliflower and broccoli…tasteless. I always at least buttered it and maybe had melted cheese on top.
Mom, you can use curry powder or a combo of both. The extra turmeric will give it an antioxidant boost.