Profile of a Superstar - Cauliflower

by Bartley Creasman |

At 80Fresh we use a ton of cauliflower in our meals (mashed cauliflower with the steak and shepherd's pie meals, and shrimp and cauliflower grits). It's great as a light substitute for starches like potatoes, and we utilize it in dishes to "sneak in" a serving of vegetables and keep your home-cooked favorites from exploding with calories while maintaining the taste you love.

We believe it's more than a substitute for other foods, however, as its slightly sweet, nutty flavor combines well with certain spices and flavors to create wonderful side dishes. Most customers agree that our mashed cauliflower stands up quite well to typical mashed potatoes, and the cauliflower grits allow the sweet and spicy flavors of the shrimp and grits dish to shine while adding a light base and gritty texture. We believe that it's very important that our meals maintain the taste of your home-cooked favorites, as that's the only way to stick to a sustainable eating pattern in the long-run.

From a health standpoint cauliflower is a nutritional superstar. It's a cruciferous vegetable in the same family as broccoli, cabbage, and kale, and is very nutrient-dense with 29 calories (!?) per serving, only 5g of carbs, 3g fiber, 73% of your daily value of Vitamin C, and 19% of your daily value of Vitamin K, and many anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits (for a more extensive nutritional breakdown, click here). Bottom line, lots of nutrition and taste for very few calories.

Delivering all these nutrients and a low calorie count, while standing in seamlessly for their caloric counterparts, you can see why we love cauliflower so much.