Cauliflower doesn’t get enough credit.
It’s relatively inexpensive, versatile and rather mild, but nutty in flavor. Plus, it’s loaded with some pretty impressive health benefits. For instance, one cup of cauliflower(1)…
- Gives you 73% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin c!
- 19% of your daily recommended intake vitamin K
- 14% of your daily recommended intake of folate
- And is only 29 calories!
Because it’s so versatile, you can saute it, lightly steam it, and even roast it. Which is definitely my personal preference and the recipe I’m sharing with you today. (Let me know what yours is in the comments below!)
In addition to all the overall health benefits, cauliflower can also play a role in strengthening your bones due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Remember vitamin K and vitamin C above? Well, they both help us avoid unwanted chronic and oxidative stress. And we want to avoid those because chronic inflammation activates osteoclasts, promoting bone loss.
So without further adieu, let’s get into the good stuff, shall we? It’s time to eat!
Easy Peasy Oven-Roasted Cauliflower
- 1 medium head of cauliflower
- 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. cayenne
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C or 400 F.
- Wash and cut cauliflower into florets and place into a large bowl.
- Toss cauliflower with olive oil, ½ of the lemon (squeezed for juice), paprika, cayenne and salt and pepper. (As you can see from the pictures above, I used slightly more paprika and cayenne because I love bold flavors. Season to your preference!)
- Place on a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Roast on the middle rack for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and flip the cauliflower
- Then place back into the oven, but now on the top rack for the remaining 10-15 minutes. (This will give the tops and edges some browning and caramelization)
- When finished, squeeze the remaining ½ of the lemon juice over top of the cauliflower.
This recipe is just as wonderful the next day – no heating required. And as you can see in the pictures above, I usually make a hummus to go with the cauliflower.
Have you tried our sweet potato hummus recipe? I have a feeling they would go really well together…
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