Cauliflower, this vegetable righteously raised at the superfood rank,  is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, often eclipsed by its green cousin broccoli. This vegetable must be a regular part of your diet, as it contains an extraordinary range of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Cauliflower is an extremely versatile veggie. You can eat it raw, add it to salads, or use it in your cooking. Cauliflower can even be seasoned and mashed for a healthier version of “mashed potatoes.”

Cauliflower  is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. It is a very good source of choline, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, and biotin. Additionally, it is a good source of vitamin B2, protein, vitamin B1, niacin, and magnesium.

According to Dr. Mercola’ s research, a respected, awarded, New York bestseller author, cauliflower has numerous health benefits:

  1. Fight Cancer
  2. Boost Heart Health
  3. It’s Anti-Inflammatory
  4. It’s Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
  5. Boost Your Brain Health
  6. Detoxification Support
  7. Digestive Benefits
  8. Antioxidants and Phytonutrients Galore

If cauliflower is not your favorite vegetable, do not worry. You can get many of these same benefits by eating other members of the cruciferous vegetable family. Broccoli is one of them, but there are others too, including cabbage, kale, bok choy, radishes, turnips, Chinese cabbage.

Here are some quick, no fuss, healthy way of cocking this wonder vegetable:

  1. Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spices – recipe here
  2. 5 Minutes – Cauliflower with Turmeric – recipe here
  3. Cauliflower and Potatoes Frittata – a great brunch alternative – recipe here

Other simple ways to cook cauliflower:

Blend it into a deliciously simple soup.

Roast it with fresh herbs for a no-fuss side dish.

Bake it with breadcrumbs and your choice of cheese for an easy casserole.

Mash it and serve as a better-for-you version of mashed potatoes.

Shave it and toss into your favorite salad for added taste and texture.

Have you cooked any of our recipes? Please let us know what you think and if you found any improvements to these recipes in the comments below.

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