Healthy Ingredient of the Week – Cauliflower

Due to its light color, cauliflower, one of my favorite vegetables, is often overlooked for being a nutritional powerhouse.  However, it is low in calories (one filling cup contains only 25!) and packed with nutrients like fiber; Vitamins C (one cup contains 75% of the Recommended Daily Intake), K, and B6; and potassium, folate, and manganese.  Cauliflower is also low in carbohydrates, and is often featured as a swap for higher-carb ingredients, like potatoes, in healthy recipes.  Here, it is used as a substitute for everyone’s favorite movie snack, popcorn. 

Cauliflower Popcorn

1 head of cauliflower
cooking spray
pepper, salt, and turmeric, to taste

1.  Break up cauliflower into popcorn-sized pieces; this can be done by hand or with a small knife.
2.  Place pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
3.  Spray cauliflower with cooking spray and season with pepper, salt, and turmeric; toss to mix.
4.  Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.

Recipe from Kids Eat Right.


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