Cauliflower is HOT! Food trend predictions for 2014 included cauliflower as the new kale and those predictions became a reality. As consumers are following a more vegetarian-inclined diet, the versatility of vegetables has become more apparent. Cauliflower isn’t one of the most talked about vegetables, and the perception of it is rather bland. For one thing, it’s most commonly known in it’s white variety and when you repeatedly hear the recommendation to have a rainbow of fruits and vegetables in your diet, cauliflower probably isn’t the first veggie to cross your mind (although it does come in purple, orange, and green). Add to that the image of the soggy steamed trio of cauliflower, broccoli, and crinkle-cut carrots served in your school cafeteria as a kid, and you most likely wince when you even think about those cruciferous florets. Fortunately the not-so-appealing perception of cauliflower is being changed as chefs, food bloggers, and supermarkets are recognizing the versatility of this nutritious and delicious vegetable.
And versatility is what makes vegetables trendy! On the simpler side, toss cauliflower florets with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes and you have a mouth-watering side dish. You may even want to call it cauliflower popcorn! Mash boiled cauliflower the way you would potatoes for a lower-calorie side to your turkey and gravy on Thanksgiving. Start to get more creative and take it to the next level when you cut a head of cauliflower into thick slices and broil or grill it to make cauliflower steak. Or grate this stellar veggie to make gluten-free pizza dough! And don’t forget about using cauliflower to make soup and the endless salad possibilities when you start with a base of Shredded Broccoli & Cauliflower – add some dried fruit, nuts, and a lightened up creamy dressing and you have a restaurant-quality appetizer. The possibilities are endless, so join the trend and eat some cauliflower before 2014 ends!
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By Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN for Fresh Express