5_Amazing Ways to Cook Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a real “powerhouse” vegetable rich in fiber and vitamins B, C and K. It also consists of, in smaller amounts, elements such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Cauliflower comes in several colors (white, orange, green, and purple), white being the most common of them all.

Meals that include cauliflower can benefit your health in numerous ways. If you haven’t tried cooking with this fantastic vegetable before, you should definitely try to recreate a few of these stunning recipes. You will be very pleasantly surprised by how dreamy cauliflower can taste and how easy it is to prepare.

Recipe No. 1: Creamy cauliflower and potato soup

Ingredients you will need:

● 1 large cauliflower head
● 2 medium-sized potatoes
● ½ cup of leek
● ½ cup of white onion
● 6 garlic cloves
● 1 cup of chicken broth
● 3 cups of milk
● 1 cup of heavy cream

Grab a large saucepan and mix the cauliflower, potatoes, leek, garlic, and onion (after chopping them into pieces first). Add milk, cream, and broth to the mix. The ingredients should simmer until the veggies are soft, no more than around 20 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and try the mixture for taste. Season with salt and white pepper.

Use a blender to make the mixture completely smooth, then bring the pan back on the heat. Let it simmer until warm, and your delicious soup is ready to go.

Recipe No. 2: Cauliflower macaroni and cheese

Ingredients you will need:

● 2 cups of cauliflower
● 3 cups of broccoli florets
● 1-½ cups of macaroni
● 3 large carrots
● 2 celery ribs
● 1 tablespoon of butter
● 1 onion
● ¼ cup of flour
● 1 cup of milk
● 1 cup of chicken broth
● 3 cups of shredded cheddar
● 1 tablespoon of mustard

Slice and chop broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, and onion. Excluding the onion, add the mixture in a stockpot along with macaroni. Cook for 5 minutes, drain and move to a greased baking dish.

In another pan, heat butter and fry the onion until it becomes soft. Stir in flour and slowly add in milk and broth while stirring. Mix and stir all the ingredient until the mixture is thick. Add cheddar, mustard, and salt and pepper.

Mix everything together and bake uncovered for about 20 minutes.

Recipe No. 3: Cauliflower “potato salad”

Ingredients you will need:

● 1 medium-sized cauliflower head
● 1 medium-sized carrot
● 4 green onions
● 2 hard-boiled eggs
● 1 celery rib
● ¼ cup of each: pitted green olives, sliced radishes, chopped dill pickle, mayonnaise
● 1 tablespoon of mustard

This is a combination that’s sure to make an excellent addition to any lunch spread. For a research paper writing service content contributor and gourmand Amanda Shore, this recipe is one of the best ways to use cauliflower.

Boil water in a large saucepan, add broken cauliflower and cook until it softens. Drain and rinse cauliflower, then dry it and mix it with chopped carrots, eggs, onions, celery, olives, radishes, and pickles in a large bowl.

Mix the other ingredients in another bowl, then add on top of the cauliflower mixture and refrigerate.

Recipe No. 4: Cauliflower rice with a touch of citrus

Ingredients you will need:

● 1 large cauliflower head
● 1 medium-sized yellow onion
● 1 garlic clove (minced)
● 1 tablespoon of olive oil
● 1 teaspoon of cumin
● 1 tablespoon of lime juice, freshly squeezed
● ½ of cilantro
● 1 smaller avocado (optional)

Chop onion, cilantro, and cauliflower (the latter must be processed until it’s in fine, rice-like pieces). Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat, then add onion, garlic, and cumin. Cook for 3 minutes, then add cauliflower. Cook while stirring for the next 5 to 6 minutes.

Try the mixture for taste and season with salt and pepper. After removing the pan from heat, add some lime juice and cilantro. Mix thoroughly and garnish with avocado.

 

Recipe No. 5: Cauliflower chicken casserole

Ingredients you will need:

● 1 small cauliflower head
● 1 bunch broccoli
● 1 large onion
● 2 medium-size carrots
● 1 cup of chicken broth
● 2 pounds of boneless chicken breasts
● ½ pounds of fresh mushrooms
● 4 ounces of cream cheese
● 2 tablespoons of olive oil
● 2 teaspoons of sage leaves (dry)
● 1 cup of shredded cheddar
● Cooked brown rice

Chop cauliflower, broccoli, onion, mushrooms, carrots, and chicken breasts and mix them in a large slow cooker. Whisk broth, cream cheese, sage, salt, pepper, and oil in a bowl and pour over the mixture in the cooker. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar and leave to slowly cook for 4-5 hours while covered.

After the veggies and chicken are tender, take the cooker off the heat and let it cool.

Conclusion

The benefits of including cauliflower in your diet are numerous. It can help reduce the risks of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and even colon and breast cancer, while it also helps prevent constipation and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

It’s great when excellent taste and health benefits go hand in hand. Knowing how much good it can do for your health and how easy it is to include cauliflower in delicious meals, who wouldn’t want to give these great recipes a try? Easy to prepare and even easier to eat, cauliflower should definitely become a steady ingredient in your kitchen.