The Healthy Mashed Potato - errr.... Smashed Cauliflower

Cauliflower for dinner

Paleo Cauliflower Rice for Vegans

One of my very favorite items to put on the dinner menu is cauliflower. It's so rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C. You may not have known this about me but I am very allergic to a number of healthy, vitamin C rich fruits. That makes it hard for me to get enough Vitamin C without supplementation (camu camu, or acerola berries) and getting in more options of Vitamin C rich foods, like cauliflower. You can make lots of soups, curry, so many things with cauliflower. In fact I like to use it as a binder in my carnivore husband's meatballs when I make them.

I like to make Cauliflower Rice as well. Ricing your cauliflower is so easy. Cut it up, run it through the food processor, you can freeze it, and then when ready just cook it in a little raw organic coconut oil. I like to add in onions, mushrooms and paprika for a quick bit of yum.

Smashed Cauliflower Recipe for saving cancer fighting compounds

Smashed cauliflower is every easier. You just have to steam the cauliflower. The reason you steam is so that you do not lose the valuable anti-cancer compounds that you would with boiling it. Then throw it in your mixer, add in any items you want in it (I like to use basil, Earth Balance and diced garlic) and mix. It's like garlic mashed potatoes without all of the starchy carbs that you would get. Don't get me wrong, some people love a good mashed potato, especially after a good strength training session, but that doesn't mean that you have to eat them all of the time.

Cauliflower really is so darn good for you as it is very low in fat and high in dietary fiber. It's got your folate, water, vitamin C and several phytochemicals.

This yummy little veggie is also a source of indole-3 carbinol which is a chemical that boosts DNA repair in cells. Say what? No kidding. It also appears to block the growth of cancer cells. And in this phyto-estrogen rich world we live in, the compound also appears to work as an anti-estrogen, and slows (or even prevents) the growth of breast and prostate tumors. That's one pretty amazing little natural medicine there in a very tasty bite. One tasty, smashed, garlicy sweet bite.



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