Today, we will suggest an amazing recipe which can provide fantastic health benefits and lots of energy, apart from its delicious taste. This warm and spicy dish will be perfect when consumed in winter or autumn, and if you prepare it in summer or spring, you can serve it chilled as a salad.
When combined with the somewhat nutty, even sweet, flavor of cauliflower, which is brought out even more by roasting, you’ll find there’s no need to overload on starchy mashed potatoes or rice to get your comfort-food fix – this recipe is bound to become a new go-to favorite.
Did You Know?
– The active ingredient in the spice turmeric is curcumin, which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties
– Roasted turmeric cauliflower is packed with flavor and nutrition
– Cauliflower contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support your brain and heart health, and fight cancer, and inflammation
Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower
– 1 head of organic cauliflower
– 1 tablespoon olive oil [or coconut oil]
– 1 tablespoon turmeric
– Pinch of cumin
– Salt and pepper to taste
1. First, chop the cauliflower head to get florets, and put it in a baking dish. Preheat the oven to 400∞F.
2. In the dish with the cauliflower, add cumin, turmeric, olive oil, salt and mix all ingredients.
3. In order to prevent the cauliflower florets from during, cover the baking dish with a foil.
4. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes and remove the foil. The, cook for another 15 minutes.
If possible, use coconut oil as it is stable and prevents the possibility of being damaged by the heat. On the other hand, the olive oil may oxidize when heated, so use it cold.
Why Eat Cauliflower?
Cauliflower belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables. Its benefits contribute to the high nutritional value of the recipe.
It contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound, able to kill cancer stem cells, thus preventing tumor development. Some scientists believe that the destruction of cancer stem cells might play a major role in the control of this disease.
Research has additionally discovered that by combining curcumin and cauliflower, we can inhibit and treat prostate cancer.
A study published in Carcinogenesis found that in the case of animals, sulforaphane might lower the rate and occurrence of chemically induced mammary tumors. It may also decelerate the development of cultured human breast cancer cells, thus leading to the death of cells.
Cauliflower also contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory nutrients to help keep inflammation in check, including indole-3-carbinol or I3C, an anti-inflammatory compound that may operate at the genetic level to help prevent the inflammatory responses at its foundational level.
This vegetable also detoxifies our body, as it contains glucosinolates which activate detox enzymes and is abundant in antioxidants which aid with Phase 1 detox and sulfur-rich nutrients essential to Phase 2 detox functions.
Easily Increase Your Intake of Vitamins, Minerals, and Antioxidants
Snacking on cauliflower is a simple way to increase your intake of nutrients in which many Americans are seriously lacking. For instance, one serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C.
This healthy vegetable is rich in other nutrients, including vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese. Cauliflower is also a good source of choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development.
Moreover, it is also very useful in the case of pregnancy, as it stimulates the brain activity in utero. Hence, it can enhance the cognitive function, the process of learning and memorizing. Furthermore, choline is very helpful in the case of a decline in memory due to aging and the brain’s susceptibility towards toxins in childhood, and also offers protection during later stages in life.
Also, the consumption of cauliflower will increase the amount of phytonutrients and antioxidants in your body as it is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, cinnamic acid, and much more.