Zone Fitness provides a breakdown of the recent cauliflower trend.

Cauliflower is the hottest new diet trend of 2018, and with good reason! This versatile vegetable is gluten-free, packed chock-full of vitamins and minerals, and can be used as a substitute for many “unhealthy” options. Cauliflower is one of the healthiest cruciferous vegetables you can get, so it’s loaded with nutrients including fiber, vitamins C, K and B6, and Folate.

This versatile vegetable is a great gluten-free and low-carb side-dish replacement if you’re trying to embrace a healthier diet. Some studies have shown that the bioactive components of cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower can have beneficial effects on biomarkers of cancer-related processes in people.

Cauliflower can be used as a healthy alternative to many “unhealthy” foods, and can be made into cauliflower “rice”, cauliflower pizza bases, pasta dishes, mashed “potatoes” and many more!

Although pre-packaged cauliflower rice or pizza bases can be quite expensive, it’s super easy and much cheaper to make your own at home! Fresh cauliflower is inexpensive at the produce counter, and a little can go a long way. However, if you’re looking to replace your rice with cauli-rice, watch out for these common mistakes:

Trying to cook cauli-rice like normal rice

Don’t think that you can cook cauliflower rice in a pot of boiling water, if you do, it will come out mushy and flavourless. Rather quickly sauté  the veggies in a hot pan

Sautéing for too long

Cauli rice is perfect with just a quick sauté in a hot pan. Leaving it in too long will result in either mushy, overcooked or burnt cauliflower.

Expecting it to taste like rice (or pizza)

Cauliflower rice and pizza bases (and whatever else you’re using cauliflower as a substitute for) will never taste exactly like the ingredient you’re trying to replace. Rice is very flavour-neutral, which is why it’s used in so many flavour-packed dishes. Cauli-rice, on the other hand, will always taste of cauliflower. Keep this in mind when you’re creating new dishes, and adjust your flavours as needed. Cauliflower pizza bases have a very distinctive flavour, which might not go with the toppings you usually use on pizza, so play around with it!

This versatile vegetable has many health benefits and can be used in so many different ways! Get creative and play around with it, it will definitely become one of your staples soon!