BEYOND THE RAW VEGGIE PLATTER
Often forgotten among the more popular red pepper slices and baby carrots in that bland raw vegetable platter, cauliflower’s potential usually goes unnoticed. Until now, of course! Cauliflower has recently become quite the popular Pinterest post, and for good reason! It is a perfect blank slate for various cooking methods. Cauliflower is a multipurpose substitute for foods that need to be avoided in many alternative diets. Paleo, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets all can benefit from this wonderful super food.
Botanically categorized as an edible flower, cauliflower is a beautiful white bouquet of healthful happiness! Cauliflower is a nutrient-dense vegetable, offering multiple health benefits with high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and Potassium.
As a cruciferous vegetable (like broccoli, kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and artichokes), cauliflower is a naturally rich source of dietary fiber. Complex carbohydrates like fiber are often linked to the fortification of a healthy digestive system.
Microorganisms living in the digestive tract love to feed on complex carbohydrate we consume. They thrive on them! When these microbes absorb the carbohydrates from cauliflower, they produce molecules that help to boost the immune system, protect the lining of the intestinal tract, and prevent digestive infections.
TRY THE RECIPES
Give these three recipes a try – delicious alternatives that any Paleo or Vegan will enjoy! Guilty pleasures like mashed potatoes, steak, and pizza find healthful inspiration with cauliflower’s creative application.
Pan-Seared Cauliflower “Steaks” Recipe
For the vegan craving a meaty main dish, cauliflower “steaks” provide a fun, show-stopping twist to any steakhouse favorite. The idea is to mimic the cooking techniques often applied to steak: pan-searing to obtain a nice brown, caramelized crust – then roasting at a high temperature to finish the cooking process.
You can even grill these meatless wonders the next time you are hosting a backyard barbeque! The addition of a favorite spice blend, caramelized onions, and balsamic reduction transforms cauliflower from boring crudité to a full-flavored main dish that will make any vegan the envy of the dinner party. View the recipe
Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
Try this cauliflower pizza crust recipe on your next paleo and gluten-free pizza night! Our cauliflower pizza crust is a great foundation for any of your favorite pizza toppings. View this recipe
Cauliflower Mashed Faux-Tatoes Recipe
A paleo or vegan lifestyle does not need to eliminate childhood favorites from the recipe book! Cauliflower provides a healthful substitution for carb-heavy mashed potatoes. The end result is surprisingly similar! Serve this the next time you are looking for a traditional side dish for your next family meal. View this recipe
Let us know how your cauliflower creations turn out! We know you’ll love them all!