Cruciferous Vegetables

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  • Arugula
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard greens
  • Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Wasabi

The mysterious purple cauliflower. The color has always intrigued me, but it wasn’t until my son requested we eat it did I bravely put one in my basket.  Trying the unknown is always scary but I suggest you take the purple leap too because as it turns out there is more to this cauliflower’s rad color than just being rad! The purple cauliflower has more vitamin A than his pasty white sibling and also holds an antioxidant called anthocyanin.  This is the antioxidant that is found in red wine that makes everyone drink more red wine for its “health benefits”.    However, the benefits of cauliflower no matter the color are impressive.  Cauliflower lives in the cruciferous vegetables  family and these vegetables are bad ass cancer fighters, so in the nicest way possible… fucking eat them.

While the Cruciferous group contains fiber, carotenoids, vitamin E,C &K they are extra special because they have something called, glucosinolates. For some reason I can remember this word by saying in my head, “I will get some GLU, at the COSINO, and some LATES”. Stupid but it is a hard word so it helps.

Glucosinolates contain a sulfur containing compound that is released through cruciferous vegetables (like cauliflower) but only through the process of chewing and digestion. So if you just go around smelling cauliflower you will totally miss the benefits of glucosinolates.   I find it fucking fascinating that we were so perfectly created to work with nature in such a marvelous way,  unlocking a plants magical properties through the magic key of chewing.  So cool.

I have found it hard to eat cauliflower, it honestly is not my favorite, but have found some ways I do like to eat it.  One is a recipe my friend Sarpreet created and the other is by ricing the cauliflower.

Here is the recipe from Sarpreet: https://myvegetariankitchen.com/2015/06/22/sauteed-cauliflower-with-roasted-red-pepper-sauce/

Here is my favorite cauliflower rice recipe: https://paleofoodandthebeveridges.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/coconut-lime-rice/