Monday, 10 June 2013

Spiced Cauliflower (225 calories)

Spiced Cauliflower

I'm still on a quest to develop more interesting meals for my 5:2 fast days. When I made cauliflower cheese recently, I noticed that cauliflower was so low in calories that it was almost possible to smother it in cheese sauce and still be able to eat it on a fast day. However, one of my personal goals with the intermittent fasting is to reduce the amount of cheese that I eat on the fast days (as well as avoiding sugar), because I really eat too much cheese anyway. And if you're only going to have 500 calories, they'd better be nutritious ones.

This cauliflower recipe, then, is a far healthier one - and comes in at just under half of the daily allowance. It looks nice, too, with the bright yellow turmeric and the red splashes of pepper and tomato. I generally like my cauliflower quite al dente, which contrasts with the softer textures of the other vegetables.

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This recipe contains approximately 225 calories per serving.

Spiced Cauliflower
Serves 2 (approx. 225 calories per serving)

600g cauliflower
1 small onion
½ red pepper (65g)
150g chestnut mushrooms
100g cherry tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
1tsp sunflower oil
2tsp garam masala
½tsp turmeric
4 cardamom pods
300ml veg stock
  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets. Roughly chop the onion, pepper, and mushrooms, and halve the tomatoes. Finely dice the garlic.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan.
  3. Fry the onion, pepper, and garlic until the onions are soft.
  4. Add the spices and mushrooms, and fry for a couple more minutes.
  5. Add the vegetable stock and cauliflower florets, and simmer for about ten minutes over a medium heat, turning regularly to coat all the cauliflower florets in the spiced stock.
  6. Add the tomatoes, cover, and simmer gently for another couple of minutes to soften the tomatoes.
  7. Serve up with a slotted spoon to leave behind any excess liquid. You may wish to pick out the cardamom pods, too!


Rachel said...

It might even tempt me to eat cauliflower!

Velva said...

Cauliflower is an under appreciated vegetable. You know you can grill cauliflower like a steak on the grill-very satisfying. You can do a search on my blog if you are interested.

This looks really good.


P.S. I eat too much cheese too.

Elizabeth Braun said...

Gosh, that looks nice! I'm going to try it!=) Thanks!

Gloria Baker said...

I really love cauliflower and I have one, I will try soon your recipe Rachel:)

Kat Biggie said...

That actually looks really good!

Bibliomama said...

Well geez, if you're a vegetarian how the heck do you NOT eat 'too much' cheese?

I love cauliflower. But I hate mushrooms and peppers. My husband and I are doing Weight Watchers, so roasted cauliflower features large in our diets right now.

Jenny Woolf said...

This is nice. I often cook a version of this with potatoes added, but now I will try it with just the cauliflower. Thanks for these suggestions, I am doing this fast day thing too.

Kalyan P said...

looks delicious & mouthwatering!

christine said...

love cauliflower, and this looks colourful and tasty! I find I take the trouble to make the meal really tasty on the semi-fasting days so that it's actually something to look forward to, and it's not like going without at all:)

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