If you’re looking for a warm, hearty, and super healthy side dish, then roasted turmeric cauliflower should definitely be on top of your list. When you combine the slightly bitter flavor of turmeric with the nutty and somewhat sweet flavor of cauliflower, you will find out that there is no need to rely too much on starchy mashed potatoes or rice to get a comfort food fix.
What’s better, the combination of turmeric and cauliflower will also provide a plethora of health-boosting properties.
For instance, cauliflower is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support brain and heart health, and fight inflammation. Turmeric, on the other hand, is well known for its active ingredient called curcumin, which has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties.
Moreover, this easy-to-make recipe is not only delicious when served warm during the fall and winter, but it also works well as a summer salad when served chilled.
Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower
- 1 head of organic cauliflower
- 1 tbsp. turmeric
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- A pinch of cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 °F.
- Chop cauliflower head into florets, and place them into a baking dish.
- Add olive oil, turmeric, cumin, salt, and pepper, and mix until well combined.
- Cover baking dish with foil to keep florets from drying out and roast for 35 minutes.
- Then, remove foil and cook for another 15 minutes.
What Makes Cauliflower So Special?
Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound which has the ability to kill cancer stem cells, thereby slowing tumor growth. Many researchers around the world believe that destroying cancer stems may be the key to controlling cancer.
According to a study published in Carcinogenesis, sulforaphane can reduce the incidence and rate of chemically induced mammary tumors in animals.
Cauliflower is also packed with powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which may operate at the genetic level to prevent the inflammatory responses at its foundational level.
Regular consumption of cauliflower also helps your body to get rid of harmful toxins. It contains antioxidants that support Phase 1 detox activities along with sulfur-containing nutrients that are needed for the second phase of detoxification.
Vitamins, Minerals, and Antioxidants!
Eating cauliflower is a great way to increase your nutrient intake. Just one serving of cauliflower contains a whopping 77 % of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. Cauliflower is also a good source of vitamin, K, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, and fiber.
Additionally, cauliflower also provides a healthy dose of choline, a type of B vitamin that is well known for its role in brain development.
One study has found that regular choline intake during pregnancy “super-charged” the brain activity of animals in utero, indicating that it may increase cognitive abilities. It may even help reduce the brain’s vulnerability to toxins during childhood,
Plus, the presence of high amounts of vitamin C, beta-carotene, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, and cinnamic acid in cauliflower means that you will get a huge dose of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Cauliflower and Turmeric!
Adding turmeric to cauliflower will provide more health benefits. Turmeric, the famous Indian spice, contains curcumin, an active ingredient which exhibits more than 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and even anti-cancer properties.
According to Dr. William LaValley, curcumin can be useful for the treatment all types of cancer. Dr. LaValley, whose clinical work is mostly focused on cancer treatments, stated that there is more scientific evidence which supports the use of curcumin for cancer treatment than for any other nutrient known to mankind.
Curcumin can modulate genetic activity and expression – both by destroying cancer cells and by promoting healthy cell function. It also promotes anti-angiogenesis, which means that curcumin prevents the development of additional blood supply that is needed for the growth of cancer cells.
In addition to the above-mentioned healing properties, curcumin also helps:
- Prevent low-density lipoprotein oxidation
- Reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
- Speed up wound healing
- Protect against liver damage
- Increase bile secretion
- Reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
- Inhibit platelet aggregation
- Reduce the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol
- Protect against cataracts
- Suppress the symptoms type 2 diabetes
The only downside of turmeric is that it doesn’t have enough curcumin. The turmeric root itself contains about 3 percent curcumin concertation, which is not enough to experience all of its therapeutic effects.
So, while this remains a healthy dose of curcumin, you should consider taking a supplement of turmeric extract with 95% curcuminoids if you are looking for the best way to reap its benefits.
Here’s a Bonus Recipe with Cauliflower and Turmeric!
This easy-to-make recipe is perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a quick snack. Just one serving of this amazing dish provides 181% of the daily value for vitamin C, 46% for vitamin K, and 33% for folate!
- 1 pound organic cauliflower
- 5 tbsps. low-sodium chicken (or vegetable broth)
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 3 tbsps. Extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed or chopped
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Cut cauliflower florets into quarters and let them sit for 5 minutes.
- Press or chop garlic and let it sit for 5 minutes.
- In a stainless steel skillet, heat 5 tablespoons of broth over medium heat.
- Once the broth starts to steam, add cauliflower and turmeric and cover. For al dente cauliflower, cook for no more than 5 minutes.
- Transfer to a bowl. For more flavor, toss cauliflower with the remaining ingredients while it is still hot. (NOTE: Mediterranean Dressing does not need to be made separately.)