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Week 20: Cauliflower

CauliflowerAll About It:

Oprah elevated cauliflower to “hot veggie” status since she eats them mashed as a lower carb alternative to potatoes. Quit hiding them under melted cheese and put cauliflower on top of pizza instead.

Boasting a mere 29 calories per cup and a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and fiber, cauliflower deserves its notoriety as a go-to vegetable for side dishes, salads and as part of flavorful stews and main dishes.

Look for cauliflower that has a creamy white color with densely packed florets that are free of blemishes, browning or wet spots. The cauliflower head should feel heavy in your hand for its size. The leaves should be fresh and vibrant, which is a sign that the cauliflower was recently harvested. Whole heads of cauliflower can be kept in a loosely sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for four to seven days. Precut florets should be stored for no more than four days.

Recipes:

Roasted Curried Cauliflower

Cauliflower Mash

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Fresh Food Links:

MFMA: Find a Farmers' Market Near You

Minnesota Grown

University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Cole Crops in Minnesota Home Gardens

Farmers Markets at CentraCare Health

Farmers Markets are available at the following CentraCare Health locations:

St. Cloud

Every Thursday through Oct. 13 at CentraCare Health Plaza, from 3 - 6 pm

Long Prairie

Every Friday through Oct. 14 at CentraCare Health—Long Prairie from 2 - 6:30 pm

Paynesville

The 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through Oct. 27 at CentraCare Health—Paynesville , 11 am - 1 pm