November 21, 2022
This month our teachers filled the classrooms with one of the most colorful vegetables yet… Cauliflower! Wait, what? You thought Cauliflower is white? Well, while that may be true, like its name suggests, cauliflower is actually the flower part of the plant. Just like flowers come in many different colors, so does cauliflower. While you most commonly see white cauliflower in the stores, it also blooms in purple, green and orange! You can just imagine the surprise on our kids’ faces this month when they saw a real purple cauliflower in the classroom for the first time!
In every class we have the kids try each fruit or vegetable in at least two different ways, because they may not like a vegetable raw, but when cooked in a particular way it can be delicious. This month they tried cauliflower raw and as cauliflower fries. We bet you can guess which one they liked better!
Also, the kids learned a cool new recipe for the holidays – cauliflower mashed potatoes! They’re really simple, and we thought we’d share a recipe here with you!
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- 1 medium head cauliflower (3 lbs / 1.3 Kg) trimmed and cut into florets
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- For garnish: chopped fresh thyme, extra virgin olive oil, homemade flavored salt, freshly ground black pepper
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the cauliflower and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is fork tender. Drain, return it back to the hot pan and let it stand for 2 to 3 minutes with the lid on.
- Transfer the cauliflower and garlic to a food processor, add the olive oil, salt and pepper and purée until smooth. (You can also use a potato masher or hand blender)
- Adjust the salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish with chopped fresh thyme, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.
- Serve immediately & enjoy!
However you like your mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving, we hope your table is filled with lots of love, laughter, and happiness. And if you have a little extra to give this holiday season, consider making a donation to support our Nutrition Education initiative.