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Cauliflower: The Cancer-Fighting Crucifer

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Cauliflower can be eaten raw, and steamed, sautéed, stir-fried, fried, boiled or roasted. You can cook the cauliflower as a whole head or cut into florets.

  • Cauliflower is uncommonly delicious when roasted. Cut one head into small, even florets. Toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper and dried red pepper to taste; or toss with olive oil, 1/4-cup soy sauce and a dash of pepper. Place in a single layer on a baking tray and cook at 450 degrees F for 20 minutes or until golden around the edges.
  • Chop raw cauliflower into different sizes and add it to salads. Add small florets to your favorite bean salad for extra crunch.
  • To add texture to your next stir-fry dish, cut the whole cauliflower into 1/2-inch slices, break into florets and stir-fry according to your favorite recipe. Flat slices of cauliflower cook quickly and have more surface area for the sauce to cling to.

Kitchen Tricks

  • Fix quick, healthy snacks by preparing cauliflower as soon as you bring it home from the store. Clean and cut into florets, then store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • To clean, remove the leaves and gently scrape off any brown spots with a knife. Place the cauliflower upside down on a cutting board and carefully cut around and remove the core that keeps the florets intact.
  • Avoid cooking cauliflower in aluminum or iron pots. When chemical compounds in cauliflower come in contact with aluminum, the vegetable will yellow. When they come in contact with iron, cauliflower turns brown or blue-green.

Chef Cary Neff is the president of the consulting firm Culinary Innovations and the author of the New York Times bestseller Conscious Cuisine (Sourcebooks, 2002).

Care2 Recipes with Cauliflower:

Curried Cauliflower Soup
Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Potato
Guiltless Mashed Potatoes

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7:49PM PST on Jan 8, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

10:20AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

10:19AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

10:21AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Great article thankyou...

4:17PM PDT on Apr 17, 2010

Cauliflower, I like it raw or cooked. Yummyyy.....
Thanks.

6:12PM PST on Mar 13, 2010

Call me crazy but I'm 25 and I have NEVER eaten cauliflower before! I've heard of people making "mashed potatoes" using cauliflower. I'll have to try this.Thank you!

2:05AM PST on Mar 9, 2010

Everyone knows that eating the right amount of fruit and vegetables each day can reduce the risk of disease, improve overall health, and rid the body of harmful substances.Cauliflower, a flowering vegetable that is often eaten with other vegetables such as carrots and broccoli, offers phytochemicals that the body needs in order to stay healthy.
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2:11AM PST on Mar 2, 2010

I love cauliflower. Glad to see it getting some recognition.

1:37AM PST on Feb 16, 2010

i like cauilflower chesse

7:59PM PST on Feb 10, 2010

very good.

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