OK, So FINALLY I am bringing to you an EASY peasy side dish! Think of steamed Cauliflower as the substitute to your potatoes, rice and pasta. All You need to do is garnish it a little different for different flavors/looks.
Lets get to the how-to for starters! You seriously NEED a good pot with a lid. You also seriously need one of these little steamer baskets, you can get them at the dollar store for a dollar! Some people buy the steamer pot that is basically the same thing, but it’s MUCH more pricey and bulky. (in my humble opinion)
The whole process of veggie out of the fridge to serving on the table takes me 15 minutes.
And I certainly don’t chop them anything special, the bigger the better as far as I’m concerned! Just means less work, and I’m all over that!
Once the water begins to boil in your pot, make sure the lid is secure, and set your timer for 10 mins. Walk away, sit down, put your feet up! Or you’re like me and I run around the kitchen like a tornado until the food is on the table! PHEW!
DO check your Cauliflower by poking the stems of the vegetable with a fork, you will soon learn how tender or crisp you like it. Usually 10 mins is perfect for us 🙂 (Cauliflower is Hypoglycemia Diet Strict)
Carrots take 16 mins steaming- check with fork (Carrots are Hypoglycemia Diet LIBERAL)
Broccoli takes 6-8 mins steaming (we prefer them more done, some folks like them still a bit crunchy)- check with fork (Broccoli is Hypoglycemia Diet Strict)
Tip: cauliflower variations: in a hurry? simply steam and put on the table with some butter and salt to smear on those babies! YUMM. OR, sautee with some butter, salt and crushed garlic. OR, use as the potato or pasta with a saucy dish. OR, once in serving bowl, sprinkle grated cheese on them and cover your bowl to allow the cheese to melt!
Tip: makes GREAT left
overs! Just saute for a minute or two in some hot butter. 🙂
Tip: Cauliflower is one of those veggies that CAN go wrong. For an example, the very first time I steamed this vegetable it was SOOO bitter, I could NOT understand how people could eat this stuff, and they even said it was as good as potatoes! I am sorry, but this particular Cauliflower was NOTHING like potatoes, and I’m not even a fan of potatoes! lol 😀 Look for a Cauliflower that has no brown spots on it and has lots of green leafy-ness. And DON’T overcook!
What is YOUR favorite way to cook your Cauliflower?