Over a year ago, my colleague was eating her lunch and it smelled amazing. She showed me her Tupperware container and I remarked, “Oh, I love garlic mashed potatoes!” It turned out that she was not eating mashed potatoes; she had “fauxtatoes”: cauliflower disguised as mashed potatoes. From that day forward, I began a new love for cauliflower.
Growing up, I only ever encountered this vegetable in its raw form, cut into small pieces and served with ranch dressing (the version you get in a vegetable and dip trays from the grocery store when you did not have time to make something decent for an office potluck). I also encountered cauliflower in a bland, steamed version, as part of a group of carrots and peas from the freezer aisle in the grocery store.
Cauliflower, fortunately, can be cooked in a number of ways, bringing me lots of Vitamin C and A as well as a smile. The garlic mashed potato version of cauliflower is my favourite form of cauliflower, thus far, so let me pay it forward: a legacy from my lovely former colleagues Thea and Jolene (who are now in New Zealand and Australia, respectively).
Here’s to this oddly beautiful, nutrient-packed flower vegetable that is growing locally right now. Visit your local farmer’s market or grocery store, to pick up some cauliflower as it lies there quietly waiting for you to take it home, wash it and disguise it into your next family meal!
I also love the look of this recipe for roasted cauliflower with garlic and mint, which I am hoping to try this weekend!
If you have a great cauliflower recipe of your own, please share it in the comments section and you will be entered to win in our monthly draw for a $20 gift card to UBC Food Services!
Every month, the Healthy UBC Blog highlights a locally available food, and gives you a recipe or two to try out. This month, read all about mandarin oranges, rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, fibre and folate.
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