When you go to the store and look at all the veggies and wonder how can I cook something different, but don’t really have an idea what. Well, let me tell you that since we have been on our Atkins diet things in our house have been surprisingly different. For instants Cauliflower, we always ate Cauliflower before our diet but it was either raw, steamed or roasted. Now cauliflower has been our potatoes I cook (steam) the cauliflower and then mash them, add salt and pepper of course with a little butter and they are delicious. Since our vegetables are pretty restricted I have found ways to improve the bland favor with new ways of cooking.
Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. It is a very good source of choline, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, and biotin. Additionally, it is a good source of vitamin B2, protein, vitamin B1, niacin, and magnesium.
There have been some articles that suggest not steaming or boiling the cauliflower because it makes it water logged, but if you don’t over cook it, it should be ok. Here are some ways that you can make it a side dish, that is different and tasty.
For great tasting cauliflower add 1 tsp of turmeric when adding the cauliflower to the skillet. Break up the florets to bite size pierces and add a little olive oil or butter with the turmeric and cook until just al dente.
Roasting with other vegetables, separate florets, add brussel sprouts, (I cut in half) carrots, onions and asparagus. Other veggies you can add are turnips, snow peas, rutabaga or what kind of vegetables you like. All of the items are cut in equal size for cooking and then add olive oil to coat and your spices. They vary according to a persons taste. I usually add lemon pepper, garlic, salt and a little pinch of hot pepper flakes. Bake in oven at 425 for 20 minutes or until they are tender, but not mushy. I use my toaster oven since it’s just the two of us and then I know am not cooking more than what we can eat.
You can also roast a whole cauliflower if have company coming and want a special looking dish. Clean and wash the cauliflower, and let dry. Mix your spices whatever you like with a little olive oil and spread on the cauliflower and put in oven until tender.
Depending on the main course, I either use lemon pepper, salt, turmeric, or paprika. Either one gives it a nice color and flavor.
I hope you enjoy these suggestions. Oh one more, use this like rice under a stir fry. It soaks up the juices and taste great.