Vegucation: Cauliflower


Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous vegetable family along with arugula, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and of course broccoli. Although it is almost identical to broccoli, cauliflower has a less bitter taste. This is why cauliflower recipes have gained popularity.

Why is it beneficial?

Because it’s a cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower has many cancer fighting properties. A sulphur compound in the veggie kills cancerous cells. This same compound helps regulate blood pressure, so your heart stays healthy too. The fiber in cauliflower helps your digestive system runs smoothly. Overall, cauliflower is a super beneficial food.

When is it in season?

You can usually find local cauliflower in the month of May in Tennessee. How long the season lasts depends on the year. Buying organic cauliflower isn’t always necessary since it’s part of the Clean 15.

How long will it keep?chopped cauliflower

A whole head of cauliflower will last about 5 days if stored properly. Keep it in a loosely sealed plastic bag with a paper towel to absorb any moisture.

How do I prepare cauliflower?

Cauliflower is super versatile. Here are a few fun ways to cook it:

  • Make mashed cauliflower for a healthy twist on mashed potatoes.
  • Pulse cooked cauliflower in a food processor to make “rice”.
  • Make cauliflower pizza crust.
  • Roast it in the oven and season with turmeric and garlic.
  • Grill large slices to make cauliflower steaks.

No matter how you make it, anyone can reap the benefits of this veggie.


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Meet the Author


Rachel Howard

Rachel is studying to become a registered dietician at UTC. She believes eating real food is the key to a healthy lifestyle, and loves to teach others about nutrition. Rachel enjoys planning healthy and tasty meals and experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes. She likes the challenge of trying to make classic family recipes healthier or learning new cooking techniques.