Today, we will suggest an amazing recipe which can provide fantastic health benefits and lots of energy, apart from its delicious taste. This warm and spicy dish will be perfect when consumed in winter or autumn, and if you prepare it in summer or spring, you can serve it chilled as a salad.
It contains turmeric, which is a miraculously healthy spice. This popular yellow-pigmented curry spice is an integral part of Indian cuisine. Its active ingredient, curcumin, has powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Despite turmeric, you will also need a cauliflower, popular due to its sweet and nutty flavor. It is rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants which promote heart and brain health, and prevent inflammation and cancer.
When roasted, the taste of the cauliflower is, even more, enriched, and when combined with turmeric, it contains innumerate nutrients. Therefore, this roasted cauliflower with turmeric will quickly become one of your favorite recipes!
Roasted Cauliflower with turmeric- recipe
- Organic cauliflower – 1 head
- Turmeric – 1 tbsp
- Olive oil/coconut oil – 1 tbsp
- Cumin – A pinch
- Pepper and salt — To taste
- First, chop the cauliflower head to get florets, and put it in a baking dish. Preheat the oven to 400∞F.
- In the dish with the cauliflower, add cumin, turmeric, olive oil, salt and mix all ingredients.
- In order to prevent the cauliflower florets from during, cover the baking dish with a foil.
- Roast for 35 to 40 minutes and remove the foil. The, cook for another 15 minutes.
If possible, use coconut oil as it is stable and prevents the possibility of being damaged by the heat. On the other hand, the olive oil may oxidize when heated, so use it cold.
Cauliflower belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables. Its benefits contribute to the high nutritional value of the recipe.
It contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound, able to kill cancer stem cells, thus preventing tumor development. Some scientists believe that the destruction of cancer stem cells might play a major role in the control of this disease.
Research has additionally discovered that by combining curcumin and cauliflower, we can inhibit and treat prostate cancer.
A study published in Carcinogenesis found that in the case of animals, sulforaphane might lower the rate and occurrence of chemically induced mammary tumors. It may also decelerate the development of cultured human breast cancer cells, thus leading to the death of cells.
Furthermore, cauliflower contains numerous anti-inflammatory nutrients, including indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which prevent inflammation. It is believed that this powerful anti-inflammatory compound functions at the genetic level for inhibiting inflammatory responses at the basic level.
This vegetable also detoxifies our body, as it contains glucosinolates which activate detox enzymes and is abundant in antioxidants which aid with Phase 1 detox and sulfur-rich nutrients essential to Phase 2 detox functions.
Hence, in order to increase the intake of nutrients, you should eat cauliflower. Nowadays, numerous people are deficient in nutrients, and for instance, a single serving of cauliflower provides 77% of the daily recommended dosage of vitamin C.
This healthy vegetable is rich in other nutrients, including:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B6
- Pantothenic acid
It is also a rich source of choline, which is a vitamin B type that promotes brain development. Moreover, it is also very useful in the case of pregnancy, as it stimulates the brain activity in utero. Hence, it can enhance the cognitive function, the process of learning and memorizing. Furthermore, choline is very helpful in the case of a decline in memory due to aging and the brain’s susceptibility towards toxins in childhood, and also offers protection during later stages in life.
Also, the consumption of cauliflower will increase the amount of phytonutrients and antioxidants in your body, as it is rich in:
- Vitamin C
- Cinnamic acid
The Cauliflower and Turmeric Combination
When cauliflower is mixed with turmeric, their combination is enriched and made even more powerful. The main ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been shown to possess more than 150 beneficial therapeutic activities, such as strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
The findings of Dr. William LaValley, whose main clinical work is concentrated on cancer treatment, claims that curcumin can be used in the treatment of almost all cancer types. He moreover adds that the highest volume of literature based on evidence confirms its effectiveness in the treatment of cancer.
Curcumin modulates the genetic expression and activity by destroying cancer cells and promoting the function of cells. Furthermore, it also supports anti-angiogenesis. This means that curcumin inhibits the increase of additional blood supply needed for the growth of cancer cells.
Numerous other clinical studies prove that it may also be of great help in the following cases:
- Preventing formation of tumor
- Protecting against symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
- Accelerating wound healing
- Reducing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis
- Preventing pulmonary toxicity and fibrosis
- Preventing cataracts
- Preventing platelet aggregation
- Preventing symptoms related to type- 2 diabetes
- Supporting bile secretion
- Inhibiting oxidation of low-density lipoprotein
- Preventing HIV replication
- Promoting healthy levels of cholesterol
- Stopping thrombosis and myocardial infarction
- Reducing rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
- Preventing liver damage
Yet, although curcumin is found in turmeric, the regular spice doesn’t contain the needed amounts to provide all these important health benefits. Namely, it contains only 3% curcumin concentration. Therefore, in order to enjoy all these medicinal effects of curcumin, you need to take turmeric extract supplements which have at least 95% curcuminoids.
Apart from the recipe that we suggested above, we will provide an additional recipe that contains these two healthy ingredients, turmeric and cauliflower. This second recipe also contains high amounts of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory effects. A serving of this miraculous recipe will provide 181% of your daily recommended dosage of vitamin C, 46%of vitamin K and 33 % of folate.
What’s more, its preparation is almost instant, so in only 5 minutes, you will prepare your healthy meal!
Turmeric and Cauliflower instant recipe
- Cauliflower (organic) – 1 lb
- Turmeric – 1 teaspoon
- Vegetable broth or chicken (low-sodium) – 5 tablespoons
- 3 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 Garlic cloves (medium) chopped/pressed
- Pepper and salt – To taste
Chop the cauliflower florets into quarters and leave them for 5 minutes, in order to activate their health properties. Chop the garlic and leave it for 5 minutes as well. In a skillet, add 5 tablespoons of broth and heat. As soon as it starts steaming, add the turmeric and the cauliflower in the skillet. Do not cook more than 5 minutes, in order to obtain al dente cauliflower.
Next, pour the mixture into a bowl. In order to enrich the taste, you can add cauliflower into the remaining ingredients right away, and do not need to prepare the dressing alone.