Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Food of the Month

I wanted to highlight Cauliflower for this month. It is in season this month and it is such a versatile vegetable. Not only is it a great raw snack on it's own, but it can be cooked and used in so many different ways. Before I share with you some of my favourite ways to enjoy cauliflower, here are some fun facts you may want to share with your students if you are featuring this veggie anytime this month in nutrition programs.

Cauliflower has such a mild flavour you can easily 'hide' the vegetable in your favourite dishes to amp up the nutrition value. For example: add chopped cauliflower to Macaroni and Cheese. I mean who doesn't love a great cheese sauce on their vegetables? Or, when making mashed potatoes, throw in some cauliflower - the kids will never know the difference!

A great recipe to try, would also be using cauliflower in place of potatoes.

Picture taken from I Breathe, I'm Hungry
Mashed Cauliflower Recipe:
1 head of cauliflower
1/4 cup milk or cream (may need more or less)
1 tbsp butter (again, use more or less depending on taste)
Optional Items:
Any other spices - chives, salt and pepper, paprika, etc

Boil the cauliflower in water until soft. Mash the cauliflower until desired consistency is met. Add milk, butter and any other spices or ingredients you wish to flavour with. Mix until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

A treat all kids love is popcorn. Why not try this healthier take on popcorn.

Picture and recipe adapted from A Health Foodie

Cauliflower Popcorn Recipe:
1 head of cauliflower
1 tbsp olive oil
Other spices or seasonings - paprika, turmeric, curry powder, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, onion powder, etc.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces. Combine all ingredients you are using in a bowl. Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet and roast for 45-60 minutes. Be sure to turn and flip the cauliflower a couple times while roasting.
*You can also season and enjoy the 'popcorn' raw without roasting.

Surprisingly, you can even make a pizza crust from cauliflower! Add all the right ingredients and you can have a true veggie pizza! You can find the recipe here.

Happy crunching!

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