Roasted Spiced Cauliflower + Health Benefits of Sulforaphane

My go-to dish will probably always be some sort of roasted veggie. It’s simple, filling and nutritious- a no brainer. I am a huge fan of crucifers and love my broccoli, cabbage, arugula and in this case cauliflower. Rich in fiber, crucifers are unique superfoods because they are high in glucosinolates, a sulfur-rich compound. All plant foods are superfoods in my opinion and just like humans possess unique personalities and characters, plants are similar. Each contain special properties that contribute to improving our health in some way. Cauliflower and other cruciferous veggies contain sulfur-rich glucosinolates that give them a strong odor, but very powerful nutrient profile. One of the most potent glucosinolates is sulforaphane a type of isothiocyanate. So many names to remember I know!

The cool thing is that the sulforaphane lies dormant in the vegetable until it is either chopped or pulverized in some way. Cooking may destroy some of it, but adding 1/2 tsp of mustard seed powder to your cooked crucifer will once again activate the sulforaphane. Who knew?! Isothyocyanates are also converted into a major intracellular antioxidant glutathione in the liver. Glutothione is a tripepetide (glutamate, cysteine, glycine) and is involved in eliminating toxins. So much yay! Studies show that consuming 4.5 servings of cruciferous veggies a month is associated with decreased lung cancer by 55%. Sulforaphane deactivates genes involved in inflammation so it increases longevity, and it improves cardiovascular and cognitive health. Not too shabby. While broccoli sprouts are the richest source of sulforaphane, broccoli and other crucifers like cauliflower also provides multiple health benefits.

I love roasting cauliflower because it brings out its sweetness and by adding some spices like turmeric, curry, ginger, cinnamon and mustard seed powder like I did in this recipe you can increase its anti-inflammatory power. Cauliflower is also high in fiber, B vitamins, folate, potassium and vitamin K.

Ingredients

3 cups of broccoli florets
2 Tbsp turmeric
2 Tbsp curry
2 Tbsp ground ginger
2 Tbsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp ground mustard seed
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
3 Tbsp grapeseed oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl combine all spices and oil, except salt. Add cauliflower and shake well to ensure spices are evenly distributed. Spread cauliflower onto a parchment paper on a baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes or less if you prefer more crunch. Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt. Enjoy!

Happy & Healthy Cravings! 🙂

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