It looks like popcorn but it is actually cauliflower! People who do not like cauliflower change their minds after this recipe. Who wouldn’t? It is so tasty, healthier than regular popcorn and you get added health benefits. This Cauliflower Popcorn recipe is simply delicious and great for the entire family.
Did you know that cauliflower is packed with rich nutrients? Food trend watchers are calling cauliflower the new kale of 2015! Have you seen all the new cauliflower recipes and creative ways to cook with them? Cooking with cauliflower is a great way to incorporate a healthy ingredient in your snacks and meals.
The flower heads contain numerous health benefiting phtyo-nutrients such as indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane, that help prevent prostate, ovarian and cervical cancers. Cauliflower contains powerful anti-cancer properties, boosts your heart health, it’s rich in important vitamins and minerals, it’s also anti-inflammatory, detoxifies the system ,and helps with the digestive process. It is also very low in calories. 100 g of the fresh cauliflower head provides only 26 calories.
Fresh cauliflower is also an excellent source of vitamin C. 100 g provides about 48.2 mg or 80% of daily recommended value. Vitamin-C is a proven antioxidant helps fight against harmful free radicals and boosts immunity.
Making Cauliflower Popcorn is super easy and great for all ages. This recipe uses only three ingredients. That’s it! Cauliflower, olive oil and salt. Cauliflower Popcorn is a healthy and creative fun food idea!
(about 2-3 servings)
1 head cauliflower
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt (I use Celtic Sea Salt)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut the cauliflower, discarding the core and stems. Cut the florets into small pieces to resemble popcorn and place in a bowl with olive oil and salt and toss.
Cauliflower Popcorn is ready to bake!
Place in a non-stick baking sheet or on top of Parchment Paper and bake for about 20 minutes, turn florets and bake for another 20 minutes approximately. The length of time you choose to cook the cauliflower will depend on how sweet and crunchy you like it. The browner the cauliflower pieces turn, the more caramelization occurs and the sweeter they’ll taste.
If you like them really sweet and crunchy bake for about 1 hour, turning florets every 15-20 minutes.
Serve right away and enjoy this delicious and healthy snack!
Tip for kids: Serve it in fun Popcorn Containers and they will be super excited! Great for family movie night also! If you want to stay away from plastic you can try the popcorn Paper Party Bags. Great way to eat more vegetables!