Friday, December 7, 2012

Multi-Colored Cauliflower

Just when you thought the earth started hibernating for the winter and all of the local colorful produce has stopped growing for the season, you spot the most beautiful cauliflowers you have laid your eyes on. Yup, that was me this week at the farmers market when I picked these up along with some gorgeous bunches of kale.
Let me introduce you to the Romanesco cauliflower. It's this psychedelic looking heirloom vegetable that's pretty entertaining to look at with all it funky green swirls. It has a mild cauliflower flavor and looks really great alongside some other multi-colored cauliflower (look at that purple, orange, and neon green one!). The health benefits of cruciferous vegetables like these cauliflower are abundant. Compounds in cauliflower actually protect against numerous forms of cancer and stimulate the body's detoxification systems. Aim to eat 3 cups of cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards, cabbage, kale, watercress, and mustard greens daily and your health and vitality will skyrocket.  Enjoy them raw, lightly steamed, roasted, pureed, juiced, and any other way you can think of!

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