Mark Twain said ‘ cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education’. Well call me a crock pot and roll me in gluten free flour but I love cauliflower. I use it instead of pasta. I will either make rice/couscous and construct a salad with it as a base or I will mash it and use it like potatoes under a stew or chilli.
Lulu loves it which is a bonus because if I happen upon a vegetable dish that Lulu likes I embrace it with every fibre of my being.
Cauliflower Couscous or Rice
I make this to have with stews, casseroles or curry or added to other ingredients as a salad. I also love it cold for lunch the next day.
Break off the florets and put them int0 a food processor. Pulse until you get a coarse texture that resembles couscous. There is no need to be too precious here but don’t over process it or you will end up with a very wet result.
Microwave for four minutes on high.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with a good slosh of olive oil.
Serve as a base for a salad or make fried rice just as you would with normal rice.
The list of ingredients you could add to make a salad is as long as your imagination, but why not go middle eastern and instead of microwaving the cauliflower fry it off with spices then add feta, pomegranate, spring onion, pine nuts and anything else you fancy.
I sometimes fry off the raw rice with shredded chicken, mushrooms, spring onions, and egg. Add a little smidgen of soy sauce and you have your own healthy version of fried rice.
Using cauliflower is a great way to cut down on your carbohydrates and at the same time benefit from all that goodness of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium and folate. As an added bonus it also has anti-cancer properties and is a great anti-oxidant.
If you get the chance try the purple variety. They are milder in flavour and have high anti-oxidant qualities.
Many of our dinner guests have gone home firm cauliflower converts. I like to think I am making the world a healthier place one cauliflower disciple at a time. Maybe the pope will catch wind of it and make me a saint. Whatever, just give it a go, it is well worth it.