The beauty of cauliflower is that it is so versatile. Stop casting your mind back to that bland, anaemic looking stuff that we were told was good for us, and to ‘Eat up!’

Time to move forward!

True: As it is related to broccoli, cabbage and kale, it contains mostly of the same nutrients that all cruciferous vegetables have.

Here are some of the health benefits:

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  • 73% vitamin C on a daily basis
  • Glucosinolates – this provides substantial detoxing benefits
  • Beta carotene for additional antioxidant properties
  • Vitamin K with excellent anti-inflammatory properties
  • Fibre – a must for the digestive system

All these qualities make cauliflower a superb cancer fighter too.

An added bonus is that, because the florets look like tiny trees, you can create a garden with the mash and the pumpkin. If you can’t find the colourful varieties, you could even colour the cauliflower with green or yellow food colouring. That way they will be ingested much more willingly by the little ones, I suspect.

Some good recipes for more unusual cauliflower dishes are:

  • Cauliflower couscous. This is a good substitute for rice. Goes well with stir fries and curries.
  • Cauliflower mash. Lovely to use instead of, or mixed together with white or sweet potatoes.
  • Cauliflower soup.  It creates its own smooth consistency and you need little or no milk to blend.

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