cauliflower_healthThis one pot roasted cauliflower, turmeric, chickpea, cherry tomato and spinach dish is being served up for dinner on quite a regular basis around here, it’s super easy as all the ingredients are cooked in the same dish and a bit of a powerhouse of ingredients. Cauliflower is often over cooked, overlooked or just plain boring steamed, but by roasting it, it develops a beautiful sweetness.
The health benefits of our humble cauliflower are really quite amazing: as a cruciferous vegetable studies have shown it to have cancer preventing properties and it’s a particularly powerful combination with turmeric as in this recipe. It supports the body’s detoxification systems, has anti-inflammatory benefits acting at a genetic level to reduce chronic oxidative stress and as such supports our cardiovascular system too. It is high in fibre for a healthy digestive system and rich in vitamins and minerals (vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin K, magnesium, potassium and manganese to name a few). Definitely one to include regularly in our diet! (see related articles below)
cauliflower and turmericI cut a small cauliflower into florettes which I rubber with a mixture of 3 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tsp cumin and 1 tsp turmeric, then cooked in the oven on gas mark 6 (180 degrees C) for 30 min until tender.

cauliflower chickpeas and tomatoesI then removed the dish from the oven and added 150g cooked chickpeas and vine cherry tomatoes and cooked for a further 30 min. You can also add some garlic cloves at this time if wanted.

cauliflower chickpeas tomatoes spinachLast of all I added a few leaves of spinach and a drop of water, covered the dish with foil and baked for a few more minutes until the spinach wilted.

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For further reading on the benefits of cauliflower:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/22/cauliflower-health-benefits.aspx

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=13