In cold weather, there's nothing like kid-friendly comfort food. If you're looking for something yumo for lil tumos, try this version of mac 'n' cheese from the latest issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray. It's a healthful twist on the classic made with cauliflower and whole wheat pasta. To get the recipe that serves a family of four, read more
With all this talk about eating colorful fruits and veggies, pale cauliflower often gets left out in the cold. Just because it lacks color doesn't mean you should neglect this veggie.
First off, cauliflower is in season from December to March, so it should be easy to find a nice head of it at your grocery store. Plus, seasonal produce tends to be less expensive.
Secondly, one cup of cauliflower contains 91 percent the recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin C. That is nothing to scoff at, especially if you don't enjoy drinking OJ. One cup also contains over three grams of fiber.
Cauliflower is considered a cruciferous vegetable, placing it in the same family as broccoli and kale. Cruciferous veggies may help prevent cancer, and they are known to reduce the risk of lung, colon, breast, ovarian and bladder cancers. This class of veggies, cauliflower included, also benefit the liver and the cardiovascular system. The reasons to love cauliflower are plentiful!
In honor of Passover starting on Monday, I thought a classic Jewish side would be appropriately timely. Kugel is generally served as a side dish on the Jewish Sabbath and is a baked pudding that can consist of potatoes, noodles, meat, or vegetables. The ingredients vary and a sweet version with raisins and spices is an equally delicious dessert. This kugel is a vegetarian, Kosher-friendly side that can be paired with brisket, lamb, or turkey for the traditional Seder dinner. Cauliflower serves as a pleasant, less starchy alternative to potatoes and the almond herb crust packs a special crispiness and flavorful bit to the topping. Already have your menu planned for Passover? Save this recipe for Hanukkah because it can be prepared in advance and feeds a crowd. To take a look at the components and instructions, read more
Hanukkah lasts for 8 nights, so we're only halfway through the festivities. By now you might be wanting some variations on latkes.
If you are looking for something a little more healthy or possibly you are watching your carb intake, try these cauliflower latkes.
Here is a recipe for low fat latkes. Basically you just use the egg whites instead of the whole egg.
Speaking of eggs, here's a vegan latke recipe in case you or some of your guests don't eat animal products.
Hope you enjoy these variations. I love latkes in all forms, but remember you can use low fat or non fat sour cream or skip sour cream and use a low sugar or no sugar added applesauce to lighten the caloric load.