Send me to my room. Take away my Star Wars figures for a week. Put a lock on the TV dial. (we didn’t have remote controls back then) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
You couldn’t pay me to eat cauliflower as a kid.
Like virtually any produce in this era of unlimited discovery, however, the cauliflower’s time of appreciation has arrived, and thank heaven for it. With the interweb’s ability to bring the world’s ideas to your fingertips (along with my maturation of spirit and palate), brilliant recipes and ideas have given former cauli-haters like me no reason not to fall in love with their mild but nutty flavor and crisp and crunchy texture. Whether you go steamed, sautéed, or stir-fried, there are near-endless ways to find a recipe that will appeal to your taste buds.
Take this so-easy-I-could-make-it Roasted Garlic Cauliflower dish from AllRecipes. A good chop-chop, coated pan, sprinkle said chop-chops, bake, and woo-lah, you’re done. Or take this recipe courtesy of the wise and talented Ivonne Rivero — the Coliflor Rebozada, straight from Central Mexico. Forget it; that one’s got mind-blowing dripping right off it.
Photo: Jennifer Schmidt
Hopefully you can get a whiff of the diversity inherent in the taste game cauliflower brings to the table (or sauté pan). Michael Jordan himself never had as complete a game. You can apply it to your favorite salad recipe or make it the headliner, as in the roasted dish above. And you can do it with clear conscience of your health, because cauliflower is one of the healthiest foods on earth. With a powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and anti-inflammatories helping prevent various cancers, heart diseases, and weight gain, there really isn’t a benefit cauliflower doesn’t possess. In fact, recent research discovered Brassica crops like cauliflower are highly associated with preventing chronic diseases like diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders, just to name two.
Don’t overlook the vitamins and minerals mentioned above, either. Vitamin K is fat soluble and helps keep the skeletal structure healthy by warding off bone loss conditions like osteoporosis. It also assists with blood clotting, bone calcification, and helps turn off inflammation in the body.
There is a universe of possibilities and tasty recipes that come from adding cauliflower, not to mention the obvious health benefits. I just wish my mom had the benefit of consulting the internet in combating the impenetrable force field of stubbornness I possessed. Would have been a Pay-Per-View battle for the ages.