Cauliflower is an annual cool weather veggie in the cabbage family that kids can grow in their organic raised bed garden. Cauliflower is low in calories but filling as it is high in fiber, with abundant health benefits in its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, vitamin C, and potassium. When the cauliflower head is 6 – 8 inches in diameter, kids can harvest it by cutting the head just below the first set of leaves with a sharp knife. Kids can pull off the outer dark green leaves and cut the cauliflower in half, cut out the core in a V shape, and cut into florets or slice it into steaks.
Kids can brush a whole cauliflower with a marinade and roast it whole for an elegant, vegan, gluten-free main course. Cauliflower is hearty with a meaty texture and when it is thickly sliced into steaks and roasted with organic extra virgin olive oil, herbs, and spices, it makes a satisfying plant based entree. There are a variety of marinades that kids can use to roast cauliflower florets alone and with other veggies and serve over organic brown rice. Kids can also bread cauliflower florets with flour and bread crumbs and bake them in the oven.
Kids love steamed cauliflower mashed with potatoes for a familiar dish with extra flavor and nutrition. Cauliflower also can be blended for a smooth and creamy sauce. Kids can enjoy a bowl cauliflower soup with carrots, celery, onion, and garlic for a yummy and comforting lunch.