Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable (along with broccoli and brussel sprouts), but because it's white, it's value as a nutrition powerhouse is often overlooked. Cauliflower is packed with so many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it would be cumbersome to list them all. So, to name a few, it is is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, fiber, folate, B6, choline and many more...Because of it's high antioxidant content, cauliflower is important for protecting against cancer, heart disease and inflammation. Because inflammation is tied to so many chronic illnesses (think Crohn's disease, depression, diabetes), that preventing inflammation is essential even in childhood.
Raw cauliflower can have a somewhat bitter taste to children. But, roasting it sweetens up the flavor. Try our recipe below and you'll have your kids asking for more.
Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower
Makes 3 servings
1 head of cauliflower, cut in florets (or 1 pound bag of florets)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line foil tray (with sides) with aluminum foil. In a bowl, season cauliflower with salt and pepper. Sprinkle parmesan cheese in bowl. Drizzle olive oil on cauliflower. Gently toss. Place on baking sheet in one layer. Bake about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Give tray a shake occasionally while baking.