Many individuals do not get excited when told to increase vegetable consumption. When grocery shopping, most individuals do not get excited about picking up their greens as choices are often limited (in his/her mind) to spinach, broccoli and/or kale. Everyone knows they need to eat dark greens because they are good for you. Typically, many of the dark green vegetables fall under the cruciferous vegetables but cruciferous vegetables do not just include green vegetables.
Cauliflower is just as good as broccoli as it is part of the cruciferous vegetables; however, cauliflower often gets the shaft because it is not dark green. Cauliflower, however, has become somewhat of a trendy vegetable as it is considered a carbohydrate substitute. One can make cauliflower rice, cauflower mashed potatoes and cauliflower pizza crusts.
We are often told we eat with our eyes. With that being said, we are typically more drawn to aesthetically pleasing items. May I present to you, Romanesco, one of the most aesthetically pleasing vegetable I have ever seen and/or tasted.
Romanesco is also part of the cruciferous vegetable family. The appearance of this vegetable would lead individuals to think that romanesco is a cross between broccoli and cauliflower. Although romanesco looks more like cauliflower, the taste is not as strong and there is a trace of nuttiness.
I decided to roast romanesco and boy was it ever delicious!!!! Are you a fan of roasted brussel sprouts because roasted romanesco sure is a treat. It takes less time to roast romanesco; therefore, there is a motivator for you to try this vegetable if you are all about saving time but looking for nutritious options.
Food For Thought: Bored of your current dark green vegetables? Packed with lots of phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins & minerals as well as fibre, who wouldn’t want to give this vegetable a try? 🙂