It seems like cauliflower is becoming the substitute for everything these days…and I don’t hate it! I love making chopped cauliflower salads, cauliflower cheese (yep, you read that right!), cauliflower mash, and so much more.
It is awesome that people are discovering what a versatile and tasty ingredient cauliflower is for many reasons! For one, it is a simple way to add some vegetables into your diet in place of grains or other starchier vegetables. MOST importantly though, it is a cruciferous vegetable. Cruciferous vegetables are crucial elements to our diet and important for SO many reasons.
“We cannot find another vegetable group that is as high in vitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber as the cruciferous vegetables. As a group, the cruciferous vegetables are simply superstars in these conventional nutrient areas.” -WHFoods
Cancer fighting properties! Yes, true story, cruciferous vegetables have cancer protective and cancer fighting properties, so eat up!
Anti-inflammatory! Guys, this is huge! Inflammation is the common factor in EVERY disease, not to mention your every day aches and pains. That’s why I am a huge proponent of following anti-inflammatory protocols(especially to give your body a reset), but implementing anti-inflammatory foods into every day is necessary.
- 1 head cauliflower, riced (or 1 bag riced cauliflower-trader joes coming in clutch!)
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- himalayan salt, to taste
- pinch of chili powder (optional)
- ¼-1/2 cup cilantro (save some for decoration! ;P)
- If you didn't buy your cauliflower pre-riced, cut cauliflower off of its head and place in a food processor. Then, pulse until it is the texture of rice!
- Next, mince your garlic and sauté it in 1 tbsp of coconut oil for a minute or two.
- Then, add in your riced cauliflower, salt, lime, and chili powder if you so desire!
- Allow this to cook until softens, about 15 minutes.
- Mix in cilantro and top with green onions and more cilantro for presentation!
How do you implement cruciferous vegetables into your diet? Are you a fan or nah?