Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Superfood Risotto

Of course we've all heard of superfoods by now. But what are they exactly? The Oxford English dictionary defines superfood as "a food considered especially nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well-being".

Cauliflower: As a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, cauliflower is believed to confer fantastic health benefits to those who eat it regularly. Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, as well as other antioxidants and phytonutrients. Plus it's hella yummy!

Mushrooms: Mushrooms are also considered a nutrition powerhouse. One cup of crimini mushrooms provides a good source of 18 different vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant phytonutrients.

Onion: Onions are an outstanding source of polyphenols, including the flavonoid polyphenols. Within this flavonoid category, onions are a standout source of quercetin. Onions, are members of the allium family, and both are rich in sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their pungent odors and for many of their health-promoting effects.

Garlic: Garlic is also a member of the allium family, and thus contains loads of sulfur compounds giving it anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Usually we think of the healthiest meal as a rainbow of colors. But this brown and tan dish packs a serious healthy punch!

I sauteed the mushrooms, onions and garlic in a bit of butter while grating cauliflower (by hand) to make cauliflower rice. I then added the grated cauliflower to a pan to saute and soften a bit, adding a dash of salt, dried rosemary, and some freshly ground black pepper.

 Then I added the contents of the two pans together, squeezed a bit of lemon over the top and dinner was served!

Yummy! It really satisfied like regular risotto without the extra calories and empty carbs. Not only that, but the cauliflower is a superfood with tons of beneficial properties. Win win winner!

You could add grated parmigiano over the top, and cook it with a bit of milk or nut milk to give it a creamy consistency. I've been trying to avoid milk (due to the coughing issues) so I just added a bit of cheese on top for flavor. Really good!

Have you tried cauliflower rice? Have you made cauliflower risotto? Try it!

(source for veggie info: http://www.whfoods.com/)

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