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Roasted Cauliflower and health benefits

I was searching for some ideas of making interesting side dishes with cauliflower. So I went about creating one. Wayne just loved it, so did I of course. Hope you do too. Baking cauliflower is not new, but I like to add my own special touch to this recipe.

Cauliflower has been widely used over the last few years due to its versatility. Lots of raw recipes etc.

As most of you know I specialise in raw food. We eat 80% raw at home and I like to develop interesting tasty vegies, to accompany our salads, especially in winter.

I have mentioned before the health benefits of Cauliflower as it is a potent cancer-fighting food and full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Vegetables high in antioxidants, like cauliflower, can prevent all types of inflammatory diseases and improve symptoms in people who already have them.

This versatile vegetable provides sulfur-containing compounds, glucosinolates.

Glucosinolates are biologically active compounds found in the Brassicaceae family of plants, including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, rapeseed, mustard, and horseradish.

One of the glucosinolates that cauliflower provides is turned into a compound called sulforaphane in the body.

There is extensive research behind this special compound sulforaphane for its anti-cancer benefits.

Sulforaphane has been shown to block carcinogen activity, halt cancer cell growth, induce cancer cell death, and protect healthy cell DNA. Research has found glucosinolates beneficial in prevention and treatment of prostate, colorectal, lung, stomach, bladder, skin, and breast cancers.

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

1 x Organic Head of Cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets.

1 Cup Vegan Parmesan cheese - See recipe below

1/4 cup Macadamia oil

1/2tsp Salt

Black ground pepper

1tsp turmeric powder

  • Pre-heat oven 200c or 425f - perfect for baking with placing rack mid way in oven

  • Trimmed and cut into florets

  • Line a ceramic (or similar) baking dish with baking paper

  • Place florets evenly in baking dish

  • Drizzle oil over florets and use a brush to spread evenly over the cauliflower

  • Add Salt and Pepper plus turmeric

  • Add Vegan Parmesan

  • Place in oven and bake until golden brown.

Many people use olive oil when baking and I do like to use this on my food, except at high heat olive oil only moderately stable and have a tendency to turn rancid when heated.

Note: You can also use coconut oil. Please also us only organic cold pressed oils.

Raw Parmesan Vegan Cheese

1 Cup Brazil Nuts

1 Large Piece Garlic

  • Place ingredients in a food processor until you make crumbs.

  • You can store any left over cheese in the freezer for later if needed.

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