How to Add Cauliflower Into Your Smoothies
I have to start this article out with this because it made me laugh out loud.
I know we usually think of smoothies as tropical, sweet, and full of fruit. So when we hear something going into these sweet smoothies that usually pairs with our savory dinner dishes, we may be a little turned off.
To sum up, you may be saying HELL no, Alex.
If you're still reading, I put together some tips for incorporating it in! It's a good way to add a new texture and some fiber to your favorite smoothies.
1. Steam THEN Freeze
The first time I tried this, I froze the cauliflower raw. While it was still good, steaming vegetables actually can help your body digest them easier unlocking more of their nutrients. When you cook them, the fibers will start to break down, saving your body some digestion energy.
2. Mix it with a sweet fruit
Let's be honest here. I've tried eliminating bananas and other sweeter fruits from my smoothies, but who am I kidding, the smoothies were not good. Now I like to add both. I like adding a frozen banana and frozen cauliflower. I find the cauliflower balances out the sweetness of the banana and adds a cool texture too.
3. If you have time, separate them before freezing
Sometimes I just steam the cauliflower and throw them all together in a bag and into the freezer they go. The only issue with that is they tend to freeze in one big clump making it hard to break apart when you're ready to throw some in the blender.
I learned from @leefromamerica that you can place the steamed florets on a baking tray before putting them in the freezer (without them touching each other). Once they froze on the sheet, she tossed them in a storage bag so the florets remained individuals while the froze instead of one heaping blob.
Obviously we don't always have that kind of time, but if you're already in the kitchen doing some meal prep, it's a nice little hack that can save you time later on.
So there you have it. Simple as pie. Don't worry, I won't try to add cauliflower into pie any time soon, but I will continue to experiment with it in smoothies! It sounds really weird at first, but I promise you can't even taste it when you pair it with other delicious ingredients. I would love to hear and see your creations so be sure to share if you try :)