While 2014 saw a huge increase in the popularity of kale as a superfood, many dietitians are suggesting that the next big food trend will be cauliflower.
Cauliflower is packed with nutrients and becoming more trendy on menus everywhere. Image credit: Greyman/sxc.hu
This year has seen a huge boost in the consumption of kale as it pops up all over in supermarkets, farmers markets, and on the menus at juice bars and cafes.
Additionally, with the popularity and rise in gluten free foods, cauliflower can, in many recipes, be used as a suitable replacement. Particularly for items such as pizza crust. Also for those watching their carbohydrate intake in general, mashed cauliflower is a wonderful potato replacement or it can be blended raw to replace rice.
To make a cauliflower pizza crust:
Process the cauliflower in a food processor until it's finely chopped.
Put it into a microwave safe bowl, cover and microwave on high for about 8-10 minutes until it's very tender (this it to remove much of the water contained inside it).
Drain the cooked cauliflower through a fine sieve, pressing down with a wooden spoon to remove as much excess liquid as possible.
Combine the cauliflower with 1 lightly whisked egg and 2/3 of a cup of grated Parmesan cheese in a bowl.
Preheat oven to 230°C or 210°C for a fan forced oven. Line a 30cm-round pizza tray with baking paper. Press cauliflower mixture firmly into the tray so that it's evenly spread. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
From here, add your favourite toppings and bake as you would a regular pizza.
Cauliflower in general is rather versatile and can be mashed, grilled, barbecued, served on its own, in salad or tossed with herbs, vinegars and oils.
With regards to healthy eating and making wise food choices, cauliflower stands in a class of its own. Closely related to broccoli, it is of the same species as cabbage and Brussels sprouts. It's rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium, and is an excellent source of dietary fibre.
You might also find orange and purple cauliflower in your local markets. Image courtesy of B Skye/sxc.hu
Certain types can be colored orange or purple but no matter what the color, it is so very good for you.