If you’re short on time, this is the perfect dish to prepare in advance to enjoy with your favorite protein for an easy and quick lunch or dinner. The recipe has been adapted from a family favorite, using cauliflower in place of rice so you can get an epinutrient-rich and Younger You-approved veggie side dish any night of the week!
This recipe is so versatile that you can make it your own. Do you have leftover asparagus from last night’s dinner? Mushrooms about to go bad? An abundance of carrots popping up in your garden? All veggies are welcome at this party, and you can switch it up depending on what you have available. If you’re unsure about which epinutrient-dense vegetables to add, check out this post for inspiration!
So why are we choosing cauliflower as the star of the show? As a cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower is part of the Younger You Dynamic Dozen (i.e. longevity superfood)! It’s rich in sulfur-containing compounds that can act as powerful DNA methylation adaptogens, supporting epigenetic changes that are potently anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective.
Cauliflower is also a good source of fiber – not only will it promote healthy gut bacteria but it can also help keep you regular and increase satiety. You’ll also get health & longevity benefits from other supporting ingredients such as onion and cinnamon which are sources of many polyphenols, including quercetin. A key epinutrient and a potent senolytic, quercetin helps to optimize genetic expression and slow down aging.
You can’t go wrong with this recipe! Change up the veggies each time to discover the variety of epinutrients you can add to positively influence gene expression and, in turn, aging. I hope this dish will become a staple in your home as it has in mine.
Methyl donors: bay leaf, onion, garlic, ginger, tomato, shredded coconut, cauliflower, mint
DNA methylation adaptogens: cinnamon, bay leaf, onion, garlic, ginger, tomato, shredded coconut, cauliflower, mint
Recipe by Nutrition Resident Madhavi Rao, MS