Please excuse my attempt at a pun! Really experimenting with unique post names to grab your attention and I realize I have a long way to go… 🙂
This afternoon I spent some time with my Mom in the garden trying to gather the last of our summer produce and clean up for the colder seasons to come. We typically grow tomatoes, beans and peas, and maybe some cucumbers and squash. This year we decided to branch out and try our luck growing cauliflower. Not being an experienced grower by any means our harvest was not the strongest. Instead of being disappointed I took the situation as a learning experience! Having a grocery store stocked year-round with produce takes away from knowing where and how our food grows. I was pleasantly surprised to see how our little cauliflower plants grew! Here are some pictures of our efforts:
If you are like me and have never seen cauliflower grow before, I hope you find the plant as cute as I do! What we learned is that tying the leaves over and wrapping it helps to keep the cauliflower very white until you are ready to pick.
Cauliflower has gotten a lot of attention from bloggers and food lovers due to its versatility. You can really manipulate it into any recipe or use for substitutions. Try Buffalo Bites to start, from this blog I found on Pinterest. I will definitely have to post recipes later tonight of some of my favorites, so make sure to check back in!
Since cauliflower is so popular, I thought you would enjoy some small tidbits. Cauliflower is from the same family as broccoli, kale, and brussel sprouts (who knew). It is incredibly low in calories (like 30 calories in 1 cup!) but very nutrient dense. Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and folate to name a few. So the next time you are considering cauliflower take the plunge! You and your family can feel good about filling up on a nutrient dense food 🙂
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.