Cauliflower – My Unsung Hero
I really love the incredible versatility and nutritional density that is cauliflower. Raw, steamed, mashed, broiled, pureed or just about any other way you choose to prepare it. It lends itself to being a wonderfully comforting and healthy alternative to that high starch vegetable, the potato. With summer quickly approaching potato salad is a summer time staple. I have always enjoyed this classic favorite when the sweltering heat makes it uncomfortable to be fiddling around in the kitchen.
Reasons I love It
I was surprised to learn just how potentially beneficial to my health adding this little dynamo could be. Cauliflower is recognized as one of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables. It is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. This I learned, could potentially boost my heart and brain health. More importantly for me though is its nutritional density. By including it into my food rotation I am providing my body with an impressive amount of vitamin C, vitamin k, beta-carotene, and so much more including helping to improve my overall digestive health. Who knew.
Layers of Flavor and Appeal
One thing I found myself missing as summertime approached was a really good, low carb, potato salad. This prompted me to recreate something reminiscent from my childhood. Like a potato, cauliflower is relatively neutral in the flavor department. It depends on a supportive cast of characters that elevate it from being ho hum and ordinary to extraordinary.
I infused my version with bite after delicious bite of flavor enhancing elements. I added bacon, a little red onion, celery and red bell pepper. These additions not only provide layers of flavor, but are also there to provide the textural elements that I love, love, love. My hope in recreating this bowl of delicious comfort is that when you give it try, you won’t find yourself missing that which inspired it. From my kitchen to yours, happy low carbing.