In this third and final installment of “Flowers on Your Plate,” we’re moving on vegetable flowers that begin with the letter “C.”
C for Cauliflower
With its versatility and profound flavor, cauliflower has been identified among the top food trends of 2015! Belonging in the cabbage family, the very name “cauliflower” describes it. In Latin “caulis” means stalk; “floris” means flower. Choose fresh cauliflower with firm, compact buds and crisp, green leaves along the stalks; any size is fine. Enjoy cauliflower raw, or sautéed, roasted or steamed. Tip: Cauliflower in one of three colors – white, green or purple – is a great vitamin C source.
- Creamy Stove Top Cauliflower Mac n Cheese: Serve this nourishing mac ‘n cheese version as a great side dish or a meatless entrée. Blend cooked, mashed cauliflower, with cheese, eggs, mustard and cooked Dreamfields penne rigate, cook and top with breadcrumbs.
- Spaghetti for Two with Seared Cauliflower and Walnuts: Incorporate fresh seared cauliflower, sharp garlic, crunchy walnuts, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh basil into cooked Dreamfields spaghetti for a heaping and healthful dish for two!
Enjoy a vegetable “bouquet” of flavor in your healthy pasta meals!
Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RDN, CFCS is author of the American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, with flavorful ways to fit vegetables of all kinds into healthy pasta meals!