We have to admit, cauliflower hasn’t always been the star of the show when it comes to vegetables.
Typically served over-cooked and without flavour, as kids, we remember moving cauliflower around our plates before disappearing into the bin.
So, are we shocked to find the maligned cauliflower now dominating the plant-based food market? Making appearances in everything from pizza bases, curries and pasta, the humble cauli is a dream for cutting food budgets and calories, as well as adding to your five-a-day count.
Cauliflower, it turns out, is a hidden gem adding calorie-light, nutrition to meals and weight loss plans everywhere. And, at Scottish Slimmers, we're big fans!
Here's why we should all love cauliflower...
Uniquely adaptable, cauliflower is used to replace starchy and gluten-filled foods such as rice, pizza crust and breads.
It's cheap, available all year round and packed with goodness. One serving provides 77% of daily value of vitamin C, as well as 57% of your daily folate (a type of vitamin B).
- Folate aids the production of healthy red blood cells, working with vitamin B12 to help prevent anaemia. Folate is also essential for healthy foetus development in the early stages of pregnancy.
- Vitamin C helps to support our body's immune system, working to protect our bodies from cell damage. Eating foods which are a source of vitamin C helps to combat tiredness and fatigue.
- Vitamin K is important for blood clotting and the maintenance of healthy bones.
With only 1 Check (25 calories) per serving only 5 grams of carbs (of which almost 3 grams are from fibre).
Now that you understand why cauliflower is popular and are convinced that you should add it to your diet, let’s see some recipes to enjoy at home and which products purchase at the grocery store.
Favourite Scottish Slimmers recipes:
- Warming Winter Veg Soup: with winter kicking in we can all use a warm soup. This recipe is perfect if you trying to reduce carbs.
- Cauliflower & Gratin Broccoli: full of greens and flavour this will be your new winter comfort meal.
- Balsamic Steaks with roast cauliflower couscous: a full meal perfect for meat-lovers who are trying to add some veggies to their meals.
- Bombay Vegetables: for whenever you fill like eating more veggies, this recipe will live you stunned.
You'll find our cauliflower recipe videos here!
Cook and serve with meat, pulses and , other vegetables - make a stew with tomatoes and onions - delicious with cheese, oven-cooked or fried... If there is a more versatile veg, we're still to find it!