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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Turmeric Cinnamon Roasted Cauliflower

Turmeric and cinnamon are cooking spices with healthy benefits.


  My husband just got his results from some bloodwork that he had done a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised to see that his sugar level, blood pressure, and cholesterol were inching to not so good levels. While they are levels that don't require medication, they are not good levels. So being the good wife that wants my husband to remain healthy so I don't become a widow at an early age, I am always searching for foods and spices that are good for his health. Then I have to create magic in the kitchen so my husband will eat the healthy food. Lately, I have been trying to sneak spices into his food that are beneficial to his health. So I decided to see which spices could help with his heart and blood sugar. Two spices that I discovered to be beneficial were Turmeric and Cinnamon. So I decided that I needed to create a delicious dish that my husband would eat with those two spices.

          I received samples of Spice Islands spices to facilitate this post.

  My husband is not big on eating his veggies but loves when I roast veggies in the oven. Roasting vegetables gives them a wonderful flavor that my husband can't resist. So I decided to roast cauliflower, one of his favorite veggies, with a paste made from Turmeric and Cinnamon. I also added other spices like sea salt and black pepper. Did you know that turmeric needs black pepper to enhance body absorption?  I am not going to go into all the health benefits of these spices as there are a lot but cinnamon is known to be great for diabetics and turmeric is known to be good for the heart. I recommend visiting a reputable health website to see all the benefits of these two spices.


Did you know that turmeric is a cousin to ginger root?
A cousin of ginger root, turmeric has a rich, woody aroma and warm, pungent flavor. This spice has a wonderful yellow color that can be used to give foods like rice a nice deep color. Turmeric gives a wonderful flavor to chutneys, pilafs and lentil dishes. Use it to add an Eastern flair to curries or chicken.

Cinnamon adds wonderful flavor to baked goods and more.
With its rich hue and warm aroma, cinnamon brings spicy sweetness to all kinds of baked goods. But cinnamon also gives great flavor to many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean. This spice is also good in pilaf and rice dishes.



Turmeric Cinnamon Roasted Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower, chopped into big pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons turmeric powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Mix the cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, and salt together. Set aside.
Chop the cauliflower into large chunks. I like to keep them bite size, about 2 inches
Pour the olive oil into a large bowl and add the cauliflower pieces. Toss to coat the cauliflower evenly. Then sprinkle the spice and salt mixture over the cauliflower. Toss to coat evenly.
Place the cauliflower on a baking sheet. I like to line the baking sheet with a silicone sheet for easier cleanup. The place the baking in the oven uncovered for about 20-25 minutes on the upper middle rack. Bake until tender and a bit brown.

This roasted cauliflower was delicious! It had a nutty and spicy flavor. The spices did a great job of complementing each other.


I received some other spices from Spice Islands, so the question is what should cook next?


Looking for other ways to get the great benefits of turmeric?


 
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13 comments:

  1. YES PLEASE! This actually reminds me of a recipe I made on my blog a few weeks ago! Roasted cauliflower is THE JAM!!! :) -- As is Nuzest!

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  2. I have some tummy issues so I will definitely try Tumeric. I had no idea that it had a health advantage to it.

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  3. Cauliflower and turmeric is one of my favorite vegetable and spice! Not only delicious but also it is very healthy! I never put cinnamon before I would love to try next time I cook cauliflower! Great recipe!

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  4. This looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to get some cauliflower tomorrow so I can try this recipe. I am sure it will be a big hit.

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  5. I like the combination of these flavors. The roasted cauliflower looks so good! Gotta make this.

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  6. Oh my goodness, this looks so good. I really do enjoy cauliflower so I would definitely try this. IF you invited me over for dinner lol. (no really I will try making it at my house).

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  7. You've got my interest as I love vegetables & really, really curious about what cinnamon & cauliflower will taste like so thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love experimenting and cooking with spices! I have never thought to season cauliflower with cinnamon, but it sounds and looks delicious! I'll definitely have to try this out, thanks for sharing!

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  9. I love adding Turmeric to recipes etc... It is a great way for me to reduce the inflammation in my joints while also being delicious.

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  10. I love roasted cauliflower, but have never put many spices on it. I would love to try it with turmeric.

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  11. What a fantastic idea. Yes both turmeric and cinnamon are great healing spices with many benefits. I'll try this real soon.
    I recently made golden paste for my honey. Love turmeric. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I love cauliflower but always smother it in sauce. This looks like it would taste amazing.

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