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You might say I’m on a bit of a cruciferous kick lately.

Hopefully you’ve tried my Nutty Brussels Sprouts recipe by now. The scrumptious dish I’ve got for you today is also made from one of my favorite tasty crucifers – the cauliflower. (And for a hearty meal, they’re pretty good together.)

Now, cauliflower is easy. In fact, I love to simply slice a fresh cauliflower into thick steaks … douse them in olive oil and bake them to perfection. All you really need to bring out the flavor of cauliflower is some olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Lately though, I’ve been playing around with cauliflower rice – most markets sell it in their bagged produce sections (or in the freezer), so it’s super-convenient. I’m sure you’ll love this version of pilaf as much as I do.

But first, I’d like to teach you a little bit about the incredible cauliflower.

cauliflower rice pilaf | Gundry MD

Cauliflower 101

Now, did you know that just one serving of cauliflower contains about 77 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin C? That’s pretty amazing. Especially because vitamin C helps to protect your immune system, reduce the duration and severity of allergic reactions, and it can be a huge aid in fighting off illness. 1

Also, cauliflower is a great source of:

Vitamin K – A vitamin which is great for the health of your bones. 2
Magnesium – A wonderful nutrient when it comes to helping monitor your blood pressure and regulate your metabolic function. 3
Fiber – Turns out, individuals with high intakes of dietary fiber seem to be at lower risk for certain heart health issues, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal concerns as well.4
Vitamin B6 – Known for helping to optimize your body’s immune responses.5
Potassium – According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee, there’s a significant body of evidence that increased potassium intake could be connected to blood pressure reduction.6
Manganese – This essential trace metal is pivotal for normal cell function and for your metabolism.7

It’s also a great source of protein – who knew?

Furthermore, crucifers like cauliflower are full of antioxidants that can help fight against free radical damage and support your immune system.8

Finally, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower contain helpful compounds that can be utilized by your friendly gut bacteria.9

Considering all the great things cauliflower can do, should we get cooking? I think so.

Dr. Gundry’s Tasty Cauliflower Rice Pilaf Recipe

What you’ll need –

1 lb cauliflower rice
2 tsp coconut oil
½ onion, finely chopped
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp curry powder
1 cup skin-free slivered almonds
1 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
½ cup coconut milk (from can)
1 cup baby spinach

What to do –

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a pan, and add your onion and spices.
  2. Then, cook until the onion has softened.
  3. Next, go ahead and add your cauliflower rice and almonds to the pan. Cook for approximately 3-4 minutes.
  4. Throw in your cranberries and coconut milk, and stir through until cauliflower is cooked.
  5. Finally, toss in your spinach, and allow it to wilt.

All that’s left is to serve your cauliflower rice pilaf on its own or even as a wonderful accompaniment.

So …

For more GundryMD cauliflower recipes, visit my YouTube channel. You’ll find delicious savory meals, tasty side dishes, and even a few things to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Sources
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23631258
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26468402
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4586582/
4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19335713
5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8302491
6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23674806
7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24209443
8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23631258
9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2728691/

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