Packed with rich nutrients, cauliflower or cabbage flower are available throughout the year, however, they are at their best during winter months. The flower heads contain numerous health benefiting phtyo-nutrients such as indole-3-carbinol, sulforaphane etc., that help prevent prostate, ovarian and cervical cancers.
Fresh cauliflower is very low in calories and an excellent source of vitamin C; 100 g provides about 48 mg or 80% of daily recommended value.
We have been enjoying cooked or raw cauliflower on it’s own or mixed with other vegetables for a long time, so it may seem a bit, well, boring. I’m going to show you that in fact the unassuming cauliflower is an amazingly versatile veg, that you are going to fall in love with all over again!
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|Roasted Cauliflower Soup|
- 8 cups cauliflower florets (1 large head)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Cooking spray
- 4 slices prosciutto, chopped (optional)
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 3/4 sweet onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup 10% cream (or milk)
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 3 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
- Preheat oven to 450º F.
- Spread cauliflower florets on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, toss. Sprinkle with sea salt; bake for 30 minutes, stirring once.
- Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sauté prosciutto for 3 minutes until crisp. Remove; drain on paper towel.
- Melt butter in same pan. Add onion and garlic and sauté for about
- minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cauliflower, stock, water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and add cream.
- Add in batches to blender and pureé until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.
- To serve, ladle into bowl, garnished with a bit of the prosciutto, a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds and chopped parsley.