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What to Eat Right Now: Cauliflower   
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Yes, color in fruits and veggies is a treasured trait. Often color is seen as the sign of just how nutritious a fruit or vegetable is. White cauliflower is an exception (and it’s not the only one, by the way). Its phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals show that what cauliflower may lack in color it makes up for in valuable health properties. Fortunately peak season is in the fall, making now the ideal time to enjoy.

Why It’s Good for You

Cauliflower is much more than a low-carb substitution for rice or potatoes (see our Cauliflower Fried “Rice,” for a delicious example). The nutrients it contains make it a nourishing option regardless of its carbohydrate count. It is surprisingly high in vitamin C, and is a good source of vitamin K and B vitamins. Cauliflower is big on glucosinolates, a compound in cruciferous plants that has been studied for its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and cell protecting properties. Calories are not the end-all-be-all, but it is worth noting that one cup of cauliflower clocks in just under 30 calories with 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber, which means that along with all those nutrients, you’ll feel satisfied.

Best Ways to Eat It

Most cauliflower in the supermarkets is white, but orange and purple cauliflower varieties may make an appearance, too. Look for firm clusters with even color throughout, and store in the refrigerator for up to five days. Use a sharp knife to cut and remove the base and leaves, and cut the head in half to remove the stem and separate the florets. Florets can be eaten raw, or steamed, boiled, roasted, or grilled. Note: Steaming is preferable to boiling, as boiling can draw out phytonutrients. Boiling also tends to make cauliflower waterlogged, mushy, and flavorless.

Make it a Meal

This Curry Roasted Cauliflower not only makes cauliflower the star of the show, but also benefits from the potent spices of curry powder.

Perfect Pairings
  • Simply roasted with olive oil and lemon juice
  • Pureed into a creamy soup
  • Cooked and mashed with garlic and chives
  • Grilled as a “steak” with tomato and caper relish
 

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