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Cauliflower

on May 18, 2014

I love to make foods that take less than ten minutes to cook.  My lifestyle is a juggling act of working, raising two-year old Luna and taking care of all else that life brings on a daily basis…

Here’s some great things to know about cauliflower and the super, simple and healthy recipe to follow…

Cauliflower is part of the amazing cruciferous family.  It provides nutrient support to (1) the body’s detox system, (2) its antioxidant system, and (3) its inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system.  All three of these systems are linked to cancer if become unbalanced.  Making cauliflower a huge cancer preventer – bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer.  Eat that cauliflower!

Detoxes– Detoxifies the body with its antioxidant nutrients and phytonutrients called glucosinolates that can help activate detoxification enzymes and regulate their activity. If we do not eat enough detoxifying foods like cauliflower, our bodies will have increased toxin related damage and risk cells turning cancerous.

Antioxidants – Excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of manganese.  Contains a huge spectrum of antioxidant nutrients; and Beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, caffeic acid, cinnamic acid, ferulic acid, quercetin, rutin, and kaempferol are among cauliflower’s key antioxidant phytonutrients.

Anti-Inflammatory– Excellent source of vitamin K which acts as a direct regulator of our inflammatory response.  Vitamin K allows the phytonutrients, glucosinolates to be converted to a molecule called I3C that prevents the start of inflammatory response on a genetic level – pretty impressive!

Cardiovascular– The anti-inflammatory support provided by cauliflower also provides cardiovascular benefits.  Cauliflower contains phytonutrients (glucosinolates called sulforphane) that trigger anti-inflammatory activity in our cardiovascular system, which helps prevent and even possibly help reverse blood vessel damage.

Digestion– High fiber content of cauliflower helps digestive support.  The sulforaphane made from a glucosinolate in cauliflower (glucoraphanin) can help protect the lining of your stomach. Sulforaphane prevents bacterial overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori (ad bacteria) in your stomach keeps it from clinging to your stomach wall. 

Cruciferous vegetable overall have potential benefits of reducing inflammation-related health problems such as Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, insulin resistance, irritable bowel syndrome, metabolic syndrome, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and ulcerative colitis.

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

Cut florets into bite size pieces and place in a bowl

Add 1 -2 tablespoons olive oil (enough to coat the florets)

Add 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Add 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Add a pinch of turmeric

Mix well and place florets on baking sheet

I used a toaster oven at 300 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown

Conventional oven at 40 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown

 

**BABIES 6+ months – Simply place cooked florets in a food processor and blend!  

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