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Cauliflower Two Ways: Cauliflower Steaks with Herb Salsa Verde and Indian Spiced Cauliflower

Cauliflower Steak with Herb Salsa Verde
Indian Spiced Cauliflower
It’s Cauliflower season here and great heads of the vegetable are stacked high in our supermarkets and on our On-street vegetable stands.   If you remember Cauliflower as a somewhat tasteless vegetable, you’re likely familiar with the boiled preparation of the dish. This is truly a darned shame. Boiling reduces the levels of every good thing in Cauliflower and there are a lot of them.   Cauliflower is full of vitamins C, B and K but it’s low in calories, fat, and carbohydrates. The longer the cauliflower is boiled the fewer cauliflower compounds remain.  Fortunately, today’s recipes call for roasting and stove-top grilling.   The first is a recipe from Alex Guarneschelli of Food Network fame. Here, cauliflower is sliced clear through into ½ slabs and sautéed. But the real star is the salsa verde. With its fresh herbs, capers and cornichons, it gives the Cauliflower Steaks a whallop of flavor.   This is another very quick dish to prepare. It comes together in under 30 minutes.  The second recipe for Indian Spiced Cauliflower is even simpler.  Here the cauliflower is broken down into florets and roasted in the oven with a variety of Indian spices. But my friend Kristi, who shared it with me, was very excited about one of particular ingredient…

“I have long heard from my acupuncturist and other holistic practioners the health benefits of turmeric….but on the news last night- they now have scientific evidence- that the ingredient in turmeric significantly reduces cancer.” Kristi wrote. “ Researchers noted that people in India have 5-10 times less breast cancer, colon cancer, etc….and that is what prompted the study into a number of spices- the outcome was curcumin- the ingredient in turmeric- was the answer.”  Good to know!  So now you can build all these health benefits into a main course or side dish that will make Cauliflower a new family favorite.  Here are the recipes:

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