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The Cauliflower Fad & Baked Tots Recipe!

Cauliflower has become a food star, exploding onto the culinary scene as a nourishing stand-in for white rice, pasta, potatoes and flour. Cauliflower is used as a low-carb alternative in pizza crusts, breads, bagged salads and veggie bowls.

Looking after your weight?
For those maintaining their weight, Cauliflower is appealing for its low amount of carbohydrates and calories — 1 cup of raw cauliflower contains just 27 calories, 5 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of dietary fiber.

Nutrition value
Cauliflower is considered a powerhouse vegetable, as it falls into a category of foods most strongly associated with reduced chronic disease risk.
Cauliflower contains powerful anti-cancer phytochemicals called glucosinolates which, when broken down during digestion, release a plant hormone called indole-3-carbinol (I3C). The latter may suppress the spread of cancer cells in the body, including breast, colon, prostate and endometrial cancer cells. Cauliflower also packs an anti-cancer punch with sulfur compounds.

Look out for the flatulence!
While you may love the taste of cauliflower, your gastrointestinal tract may not always love cauliflower back. Like all cruciferous veggies, cauliflower contains a hefty dose of insoluble fiber that can create painful gas and bloating. It also has a complex starch called raffinose that can cause similar symptoms. Here are a few tips to reduce raffinose gas effects:

1. Drink peppermint tea after consuming a cauliflower based meal.
2. Ensure you chew at least 20 times before you swallow.
3. Your gut microbiome might not be at its best bacteria levels. Order tests at the lab and if that is not available to you, invest in food that curates a variety of bacteria in your gut like Sauerkraut, Siggi’s Yogurt, Sourdough, Kefir, and Kimchi.
4. Consult with your doctor on taking Boldocynara Complex to stimulate bile production and reduce flatulence from cruciferous veggies.

With the above measures in place, eat and enjoy your cauliflower in small amounts and here is a recipe that will remind you of your childhood Tater Tots, but made with cauliflower, and oh so healthy and delicious!

Enjoy these baked cauliflower tots as is or with your favorite dip or plain old ketchup. Make a complete wrap when topped on lettuce leaves or make delicious sandwiches! This dish is so versatile and you can make them in advance and store them for 3-4 days in the fridge.

Hail Cauliflower!

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Written by: Nishi Bhonsle

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