Cauliflower

A cool season favourite, cauliflower is one of the most versatile and delicious brassica Winter vegetables.  All kinds of unique cauliflower varieties are popping up in local farms and community markets and they are all so gorgeous and unique. I can’t go past the astonishing natural structure of the Romanesco cauliflower, such a stand out vegetable! Purple and green are also in season and these fun variations all cook the same, so no need to fuss with the recipe just, marvel at their incredible taste and colour!

Romesco cauliflower

Here at Katering at Home our teams main focus is as always, fresh, local, seasonal produce in all our dishes; keeping them full of flavour and at their nutritional peak and for me cauliflower ticks all the boxes. It’s high in vitamin A, C, D, B-6, B-12 and magnesium. One of the other great benefits of cauliflower and why it is so popular at the moment is that it is very low in carbs, one cup of raw cauliflower is only 5g of carbs!

So this week the team have been busy brainstorming culiflower and have created a list of unique ways you can use this humble vegetable in your home kitchen. Here are my top 7 recommendations for cauliflower;

A simple and delicious way to have a hearty warm winters soup, smooth cream and super filling.

Salad

Our chefs make the most delectable cauliflower salad! The cauliflower florets are roasted till smoky and sweet, salad is then finished with chickpeas, fresh herbs and tahini yoghurt dressing.

Cauliflower, pumpkin and chickpea salad with yoghurt dressing

Roasted whole

Have some trendy vegan friends coming over for Sunday lunch? Why not try and roast a whole cauliflower head as your ‘protein main’. Spice it up with some garlic, paprika and lemon or thyme, parmesan and lemon.

Rice it or mash it

Instead of having your traditional carb-y side dishes such as rice or mash potato, use cauliflower instead. Just whizz some raw cauliflower up in the food processor until it reaches a rice size texture. Alternatively boil and mash just the same as you would with a potato for mash.

Fritters

A great way to get some extra veg into the kid’s diets, try your hand at cauliflower ‘nuggets’. Simply boil your cauliflower until tender, let cool and roughly chop. Then add your binding ingredients in the way of flour and egg. Now time for the flavour, garlic, parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper, whatever combinations your heart desires!

Pizza

A much healthier alternative to your Friday night take away pizza. Aging like most of the above ideas whizz your cauliflower up finely in a food processor, bind with egg and parmesan and thyme. Form your mix into a pizza base and bake in to oven until lightly golden (210c). Take your pizza out and top with sauce and toppings. Cook for 5-10 more minutes and serve! Yum!

Popcorn

Finally, a super heathy and delicious movie snack. This one takes a bit more time in cooking and preparation but is totally worth the extra effort.

I hope you have enjoyed this little post about all the great thing you can do with the humble cauliflower. Keep your eyes peeled for more post coming. If you have any questions or topic ideas you would love to see leave a comment below or head on over to our Instagram page @kateringathome and send me a DM.

 

Author Rene Hunter – Marketing

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