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, too.
1 head cauliflower, sliced like this (I put it on parchment on a baking sheet):
Put in a bowl and toss with about 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil.
Add 1 tsp garam masala (if you have it)
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp garlic powder
sea salt & pepper to taste.
Toss together. Roast for about 20 minutes at 425 and toss, then finish under the broiler.
Yum. And the curry powder offers the wonderful antioxidant wonder spice, turmeric.
If you don’t have those spices on hand, just toss with crushed garlic, sea salt and pepper. You can’t go wrong with the wonderful flavor of roasted cauliflower.
Mary Vance is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and author specializing in digestive health. In addition to her coaching practice, she offers courses to help you heal your gut and kick nagging digestive issues for good. Mary lives in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in Northern California. Read more about her coaching practice here and her background here.