This recipe is a take on a vegetarian paella but using cauliflower instead of rice.
Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous vegetable family (also called the brassica family) which includes broccoli, cabbage, brussels, kale etc. Studies suggest that cruciferous vegetables are an excellent source of natural antioxidants as well as good suppliers of essential vitamins (especially vitamin C which help boost immunity and vitamin K which helps to keep the skeletal system healthy and with blood clotting), carotenoids, soluble fibre, minerals, omega 3 fatty acids, folate and phenolic compounds. Brassica vegetables have the ability to help prevent chronic diseases including cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders and various forms of cancers and more. The antioxidants have the ability to reduce what is called oxidative stress and the presence of free radicals in our body. Free radicals have the potential to cause inflammation, neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, increase the signs of ageing and cell changes which can lead to cancer.
Chickpeas are full of fibre (essential for good digestive health and helps to lower blood cholesterol), protein (helps in cell repair) folate, potassium and magnesium (helps to protect against heart disease).
Peppers are a rich source of vitamin C (for healthy cells and to absorb iron), E (for healthy cells and circulation) and B6 and again have anti-cancer properties.
Onions of all types are truly a superfood containing vitamin C and compounds which have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, help to lower bad LDL cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol thus reducing the risk of heart disease as well as regulating insulin response (insulin resistance is often a precursor to developing type 2 diabetes).
The sulphur compounds in garlic which create its odour also offer many health benefits from minimising the risk of heart disease, certain cancers (colon, stomach and prostrate), can help to prevent stomach ulcers and is a natural antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal food.
The various vegetables bring vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and soluble fibre which help the body to function and prevent so many diseases and health conditions.
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