Broccoli and Cauliflower

Raw Cauliflower Tabbouli

Cauliflower tabbouleh

Don’t get me wrong —there’s nothing wrong with making tabbouli (the Middle Eastern classic grain-and-parsley salad) with bulgur, or even the modern rendition, with quinoa. Especially the latter, yum! But in the summer I just love to eat really light, and discovered the trick of making a grain-like salad backdrop from raw cauliflower. Try this salad simply as is or with the optional variations listed below. Serve with hummus (ready-made or homemade), fresh pita, and stuffed grape leaves for an easy meal. more→

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Thai-Flavored Tofu and Broccoli

Serve this easy dish of tofu and broccoli over rice or bean-thread noodles, a simple coleslaw dressed in sesame-ginger dressing, and strips of red bell pepper and cherry tomatoes. more→

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Cauliflower, Carrot, and Olive Salad

Cauliflower and florets

Here’s an easy salad  of lightly cooked cauliflower and raw carrots, with lots of extra flavor from parsley, olives, and sunflower seeds. I like to make this as part of a meal of cool dishes in the summer, either with a cold soup, or with two additional interesting salads. Adapted from Vegan Express by Nava Atlas. more→

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Cauliflower-Avocado Bake

avocados and limes

Try this unusual combination of cauliflower and avocado in a casserole for a family dinner or even as an appetizer for a dinner party. It’ll be sure to please all your guests!  more→

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Sautéed Broccoli or Broccoli Rabe, Baby Carrots and Yellow Squash

cut broccoli and carrots

I make this colorful trio of sautéed vegetables often, as the combination of broccoli, carrots, and yellow squash complements many different kinds of main dishes, including pastas, potatoes, and grains.

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Sesame Kale and Broccoli Sauté

lacinato kale

Kale and broccoli, two nutritious and delicious green vegetables are a compatible team in this sauté featuring Asian flavors. This is a great side dish with other Asian-inspired noodle, rice, or tofu dishes.  more→

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Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

Cauliflower rice pilaf

Once you have some rice cooked, this sturdy, aromatic dish featuring cauliflower and curry seasonings comes together quickly. For a nice meal, serve with Lentils with Greens and Sun-Dried Tomatoes and a simple salad. more→

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Penne and Broccoli with Tomatoes, Walnuts, and Raisins

Broccoli in a seashell dish

This pasta dish is filled with a variety of delicious flavors and textures — tomatoes walnuts, as well as along with healthful broccoli. Broccoli is loaded with calcium and vitamin C and nutrient-rich walnuts are a good source of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid.  more→

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