This month we are celebrating cauliflower, a harvest that is rising in popularity.
Traditionally, cauliflower was eaten raw with a dip or steamed. Now, cauliflower is making its way into all sorts of dishes and being used in place of potatoes, grains and other starches.
During the month of November, you may find cauliflower used more abundantly in a variety of recipes from our cafeterias.
Did You Know?
- Cauliflower can be found in white, purple, green, and orange varieties.
- Cauliflower, Kale, broccoli, and cabbage all stem from the same parent plant.
- Margertville, New York holds an annual cauliflower festival.
Try These Delicious Recipes
How to Buy, Store & Prepare: Cauliflower can be bought fresh in nearly all grocery stores year round. When shopping for cauliflower, keep in mind that larger cauliflower heads typically carry a bolder flavor, while smaller heads carry a milder flavor. Cauliflower should be stored in the refrigerator.
Making it Kid-Friendly: Cauliflower has a mild taste and is likely to be well accepted by kids. Cauliflower can be mixed into starchy dishes and its taste is barely noticeable. However, steamed and boiled cauliflower creates a strong and pungent smell that may be off putting to kids. Consider substituting these cooking methods with roasting or grilling instead.
Nutrition and Health Benefits: Cauliflower along with several other white vegetables contain glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are thought to be a natural pesticide for the plant, but in humans may reduce inflammation and thereby help lower the risk of developing cancer. Cauliflower is a low carbohydrate vegetable that often makes a great swap for foods higher in carbohydrate such as potatoes, rice, and other starches. For example, consider substituting half of the potatoes in a mashed potato dish for steamed cauliflower. This will lower both the carbohydrate and calorie total of this dish.
|Calories: 2 kcal||Protein: 2g|
|Total Fat: 1.6g||Folate: 63ug|
|Total Carbohydrate: 5g||Calcium: 25mg|
|Phosphorus: 48mg||Magnesium: 17mg|
Serving Size: 1 cup cauliflower