Cauliflower is a great vegetable. It is high in fibre and low in calories and is a great substitute for more starchy carbs such as potato, rice and pasta. In studies cauliflower is shown to reduce the risk of cancer (particularly prostate cancer) and also has a good antioxidant and anti inflammatory effect on the body. This makes it an ideal candidate for one of our challenge diets.
Many people tend to boil cauliflower and cover it in cheese. You are probably thinking it is the cheese that makes this a less healthy way to enjoy cauliflower but in fact boiling is one of the best ways to destroy the nutritional value of a cauliflower. So this is why we are providing a recipe for roasted cauliflower. Not only will this help you to keep as much of the nutrient content as possible but by including paprika you can also benefit from a good helping of Vitamin A. This vitamin doesn’t only help us have healthy eyes, it is particularly good for the immune system in fighting off any virus, and fights against cancer by inhibiting the production of DNA in cancerous cells. It slows down tumor growth in established cancers and may keep leukemia cells from dividing. You can serve this cauliflower with your favourite meat and some green beans, or snack on it by itself.
Preparation: 5 Minutes Cooking: 20 – 30 Minutes Serves: 4
- 1 large head of cauliflower
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1-2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 200 degrees C (400F, Gas Mark 6). 2 Prepare the cauliflower by removing the leaves and stem. Cut the head of cauliflower into florets. First quarter the cauliflower then cut the quarters into 6 or 8 peices. Rinse the florets and shake them dry in a collander.
- Pop the florets into a food/sandwich bag and then pour in the oil, paprika and salt. Shake the bag vigorously to coat the florets in the oil and spice then spread out the cauliflower on a lined baking tray. (If there are any really small florets keep them to one side and add them later in the cooking process. This will stop them burning)
- Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and let the cauliflower roast for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Sprinkle the reserved cauliflower bits onto the baking sheet. Return the baking sheet to the oven. Let the cauliflower roast for 10-20 minutes longer till tender. When it’s ready you will be able to pierce it easily with a fork. Keep a close eye on the cauliflower, it can go from brown to burned fairly quickly if you’re not careful.
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