You could say cauliflower is a brain food, and not because it looks like one. (Though, that.) The veggie is a good source of choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development. It could boost cognitive function and improve memory, and may even help with memory decline due to aging. That’s in addition to being associated with the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and some forms of cancers, among other benefits.
Shopping tip: A few brown spots on cauliflower indicates the plant suffered from boron deficiency, boron being an element in the soil. But the spotting won’t significantly impact either taste or nutrition. The recipe below is one of many "grate" ways to use this versatile veggie.
- ½ head organic cauliflower grated
- 2 cups organic red cabbage, sliced thin
- 2 cups organic spinach, sliced thin
- 2 large organic shallots, sliced thin
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tbsps olive oil
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbspn stone ground mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Mix cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, shallots, dried cranberries, and walnuts in a large bowl.
- Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, and mustard small bowl. Toss with cabbage salad.