Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Six Recipes To Make You Fall In Love With Cauliflower

It is Cauliflower Week at Food Network, and I decided to share six of my favorite recipes using this delicious and healthy cruciferous vegetable.

"As an excellent source of vitamin C, and a very good source of manganese, cauliflower provides us with two core conventional antioxidants. But its antioxidant support extends far beyond the conventional nutrients into the realm of phytonutrients. Beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, caffeic acid, cinnamic acid, ferulic acid, quercetin, rutin, and kaempferol are among cauliflower's key antioxidant phytonutrients. This broad spectrum antioxidant support helps lower the risk of oxidative stress in our cells. Chronic oxidative stress—meaning chronic presence over overly reactive oxygen-containing molecules and cumulative damage to our cells by these molecules—is a risk factor for development of most cancer types. By providing us with such a great array of antioxidant nutrients, cauliflower helps lower our cancer risk by helping us avoid chronic and unwanted oxidative stress."
From The Worlds Healthiest Foods

I have two soup recipes that I make all fall and winter. Both are a bit spicy, warming, healthy and very comforting. I first shared the Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Chile & Garlic on my blog back in 2012 and it is still one of the most popular posts on the site.

This soup is perfect for cold winter nights.  Roasting the cauliflower and garlic sweetens the vegetables. You get a bit of heat from New Mexican red chile powder and spices.  Creamy coconut milk balances everything out.  Be sure to serve with delicious bread or rolls to dip in the bowls of soup. Add a green salad and supper is served.

Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Chile & Garlic
1 large head cauliflower
extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled
1 white onion, peeled and diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 tbsp new Mexican red chile powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 baking potato, unpeeled and diced
1 qt plus 4 oz vegetable stock
3/4 cup coconut milk, unsweetened**
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Prepare cauliflower by first washing and removing leaves. (chop leaves and save for later in the recipe). Cut off the stem and then cut cauliflower in half lengthwise and then again into quarters. Place one of the cut sides down on cutting board and...with the knife at an angle...cut off the stem. Repeat with remaining three pieces. Break cauliflower into bite sized florets. Chop half of the florets into small pieces.

Place prepared cauliflower florets (not chopped ones) on a rimmed parchment lined baking sheet. Run four passes of olive oil bottle over the pan and, using your hands, roll cauliflower in oil ensuring evenly covered. Place in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and add garlic and another two passes of e.v.o.o. Stir and sprinkle large pinch each salt and peppers over vegetables. Return to pan and roast for another 10 minutes. Keep roasting until the cauliflower is beginning to brown and caramelize.  Remove from oven.

Add 2 tbsp olive oil to large pot and gently heat.  Add onion, jalapeno, and reserved cauliflower greens and cook over medium heat until vegetables are soft. (about 6 minutes).  Add chile powder and cayenne pepper, stir and cook for an additional minute.  Add potato, chopped cauliflower and quart of vegetable stock.  Increase heat to high, bring to a boil, reduce heat back to medium and simmer for 25 minutes. (vegetables should be very soft. If not, continue simmering for an additional 5-10 minutes.).  Add the roasted cauliflower, stir and heat for an additional minute.

Using a stick blender***, puree the soup until well mixed and fairly smooth.  (note, this soup has texture from the potato peel and greens which I like.  If you want a very smooth soup, pass through a strainer or food mill).  Add the coconut milk, small pinch of salt and one of pepper and cook over low heat for 5 minutes.  Add additional vegetable broth if too thick.  Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.  Serve in large bowls, each drizzled with a bit of olive oil, a pinch more of the red chile powder and a sprinkling of cilantro. 

** use the coconut milk in cartons in the dairy section, not the canned version
*** if you don't have a stick blender you can use a regular blender.  Do this in two batches and be very careful, soup is HOT.  

For another take on Cauliflower soup click here for Smokey Cauliflower Soup with Parmigiano-Reggiano.
roasted cauliflower and broccoli with cranberries & garlic bread crumbs

Finally, here are four of my favorite cauliflower side dishes. Enjoy!

It is Cauliflower week at Food Network's Fall Fest roundup. Do you have a favorite cauliflower recipe to share? Please list (or link) in the comments below. And be sure to check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends and Food Network. 

Feed Me Phoebe: Paleo Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Pumpkin Seed Scallion Pesto
The Heritage Cook: 
Easy Roasted Whole Cauliflower with Sriracha Butter (Gluten-Free)
Dishin & Dishes: 
Cauliflower Steaks with Curried Coconut Puree
Homemade Delish: 
Cauliflower Au Gratin
Healthy Eats: 
6 Classic Comfort Foods with a Cauliflower Twist
Creative Culinary: 
Roasted Cauliflower with a Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese Frosting
Napa Farmhouse 1885: 
Six Recipes To Make You Fall In Love With Cauliflower
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: 
Cauliflower Patties
Taste with the Eyes: 
Grilled Eggplant Pizza with Low-Carb Cauliflower Crust
FN Dish: 
6 Ways Cauliflower Can Stand In for Other Favorite Foods


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