Cauliflower is a vegetable we are very comfortable with. It’s like an old friend; it’s always there, and you never have to wonder why it’s in your life.

This recipe is a stunning addition to any meal; it tastes amazing and has incredible health benefits with the addition of Turmeric. If you are unfamiliar with turmeric or how it can assist your health and well-being, I thought I would give you a little info cause that’s what a good blogger does, right? Yep, that’s what we are here for, so here you go:

Turmeric is a spice native to Southeast Asia and a cousin to ginger. The ground yellow spice that we buy is made of the ground roots of the plant. Many cultures have used this yellow spice as a beautiful natural dye. As a side note, when cooking with it, be VERY careful; it will stain everything it touches; I have stained my kitchen bench, my hands, tea towels and pretty much anything I am wearing at the time! But it’s worth the mess, plus I’m the messiest cook going around, so I know deep down it’s my fault.

An interesting little fact is that turmeric itself isn’t the star of the show. It has a component within it called curcumin, which is the real star. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties with revolutionary healing potential.

While we should never change or modify our diets because of a trend adding a little spice like turmeric here and there might help with a laundry list.

A brilliant scientific report published in 2013 compiled the results of a collection of clinical trials of curcumin over the prior 50 years. This report claims curcumin has “promising effects” for health issues that many of us suffer from or want to avoid. The list is long, and it’s fascinating when you read through all the health issues it can help with. I have listed some of the health issues below. However, there is much more in the report.

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Psoriasis

Turmeric is such a powerful little spice, but it can also affect some medications and some existing health issues, so you should consult your doctor before jumping headfirst. There are positive and negative elements with anything, and you need to be sure it’s right for you.

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower


  • Author: Michelle Mitchell

Ingredients

Scale

1 large head of cauliflower

¼ cup melted coconut oil

1 clove of garlic

½ tbs of dried powdered turmeric

½ cup grana Padano (this is a cheese that is a close relative to parmesan cheese; you can use fresh, finely grated parmesan if you prefer)

Sea salt flakes and cracked black pepper


Instructions

Preheat oven to 220c (fan-forced oven). Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper.

Trim off the outer cauliflower leaves. Cut away the base of the stalk so the cauliflower can sit nice and flat. Rinse cauliflower and pat dry. Place cauliflower onto your prepared baking tray.

Mix the turmeric and garlic with the melted coconut oil and use a basting brush to apply this mix to the cauliflower. Ensure the entire cauliflower, including the bottom, is evenly covered with the mixture. The mixture will begin to solidify once on the cauliflower (see note); keep applying all over until you have used all the mixture.

Bake the cauliflower for 45 minutes. Remove it from the oven and place the cheese evenly over it. Gently press the cheese down with the back of a spoon to help it stick.

Reduce the oven temperature to 200c and bake the cauliflower for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and serve.

Notes

You will need to melt your coconut oil for this recipe. It will re-solidify before baking, which helps keep it from sliding off when cooking. If you purchase liquid coconut oil, the mixture won’t stick as well.

Grana Padano is a close relative of parmesan cheese; you can use fresh, finely grated parmesan if you prefer.

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