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An Ode to Cauliflower

Cauliflower is the new “in food”. Have you noticed?  I really couldn’t be happier about this new trend of using cauliflower for just about anything and everything.  It certainly beats some of the latest food trends of coconut oil, and agave nectar.  Not that they are bad, but cauliflower is one of those foods/vegetables that not many people even thought twice about before last year. Don’t you think? Now people have finally realized just how delicious it can be!  I like trends that cause people to try new, healthy foods.

 

INSTAGRAM!  When I was growing up we only had white cauliflower, now there are rainbows of options!

Everywhere I look, I see recipes for cauliflower.  It’s really no wonder; It’s crunchy when raw, blends in perfectly to so many dishes, and has an impressive list of health benefits (like all of the cruciferous vegetables).  And just recently the New York Times Well Blog posted an article with some great recipe ideas, stemming from the author’s trip to Sicily, where apparently cauliflower is a favorite vegetalbe (who knew!?!).  So, why is it that can’t eat it? In fact, as a deccendent of Italy I find it strange that foods like onion, garlic, tomato sauces, and…cauliflower, are denied by my body.  Ok, so I’m not 100% italian, basically more like 25%, but still, most of my family get togethers are filled with Italian fare, and now that I have married a fellow Italian, I can’t escape it!  At one time during my low-FODMAPs life, I thought not being able to eat garlic and onion was hard, but lately I’ve found that my desire to eat cauliflower is consuming my brain.  I can’t eat it because……well…..let the app show you; 

Source: The Monash University Low FODMAPs Diet App

Yeah, cauliflower contains polyols, which are sugars alcohols that people like me, with IBS, tend to malabsorb (and you probably do too, but you may not be quite as sensitive).  It’s not simply the case of “I want what Ican’t have”, I’ve always enjoyed cauliflower.  But never has cauliflower been an integral part of so many amazing recipes, and never has it been so popular in the blog and food world!  See for yourself….

Joy Bauer’s Tandoori Cauliflower

Fit Sugar;Cheddar and Cauliflower soup 

This blogger posted a Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’Food and Nutrition Magazine had a great recipe for cauliflower pizza crust Pinterest is filled to the brim with cauliflower recipes.  I want to eat them all.Food Fitness Freshair; Southern Skillet Black-Eyed Peas and Cauliflower

Mother Rimmy; Mock Potato Salad

Lately I’ve been seeing recipes galore for cheesy garlic cauliflower bread sticks!Prevention RD; Creamy Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup

Food to Glow; Caulflower and Green Olive Tapenade Gratin

I want to try them all.  I want to have a cauliflower PARTY!  But….I can’t.  Feel bad for me.   Do me a favor and make at least one of these recipes, and think about me as you’re enjoying every last tasty and healthy morsel.

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