Cauliflower, the new “it” vegetable, is trending like crazy! Cauliflower pizza crusts, cauliflower mashed potatoes, cauliflower nuggets….cauliflower is popping up every where! There are many reasons why this cousin to cabbage, kale, broccoli and collards is the favorite new kid on the nutrition block. Cauliflower has a milky sweet, almost nutty flavor along with over 9 grams of fiber in every 100 calories, making it good for your digestive health. Because of its omega-3 and vitamin K content, this cruciferous vegetable also provides us with anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits. An excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, cauliflower provides antioxidant benefits too! Bake your cauliflower in a tangy ranch buttery coating with a crunchy panko topping and Buttered Ranch Cauliflower will hands-down be your new “it” recipe! Pass the cauliflower please!
Buttered Ranch Cauliflower
6 cups cauliflower florettes, about 1 medium cauliflower*, trimmed and cut into florettes
6 Tbs. butter, melted, divided
1 envelope (1.0 oz.) Ranch Seasoning & Salad Dressing Mix
1/2 cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs
1. Preheat oven to 425F.
2. Combine 5 Tbs. butter and ranch mix in 2-quart baking dish. Add cauliflower and toss until evenly coated.
3. Combine panko breadcrumbs and remaining 1 Tbs. melted butter and sprinkle over top of cauliflower.
4. Bake 30 minutes or until golden and cauliflower is tender.
Makes 6-8 servings.
*When buying this sweet nutty-flavored vegetable, look for clean creamy white colored heads that feel heavy for their size and are surrounded by fresh looking ribbed green leaves.