Fast Fitness: Explaining the Cauliflower Craze

On your last trip down the frozen vegetable aisle, or even at some trendy healthy restaurants, you might have noticed a lot more cauliflower. You're not imagining things.

Cauliflower, like kale before it, is undergoing a renaissance. Previously a largely forgotten vegetable over broccoli, its health benefits have made it a very popular substitute for rice, as well as a tasty standalone side dish. Here are just some of those benefits, as outlined in Plated:

  • It is a healthy substitute for so many things. This is due to its starchy consistency. Riced cauliflower and cauliflower pizza come to mind as two common examples of alternative uses.
  • Its mild taste make it nearly indistinguishable from potatoes and other starchy foods. Mashed cauliflower and mashed potatoes aren't as far apart in taste as you might think.
  • It can be cooked in a variety of ways. Its versatility is unique among vegetables, as it can be grilled, boiled, mashed, roasted or made into a puree, among many other forms.

Mom may have said, "eat your broccoli", but maybe it should have been cauliflower all along!

- Dan Mulcahey