SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Just the other day it was summer and now we’re talking about winter vegetables. One of the most interesting of those vegetables is cauliflower. It makes me think of an old Mark Twain quote that makes me chuckle.

“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond. Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education,” he once said

While indeed it’s in the same family as cabbage, along with brussel spouts and so many other wonderful vegetables that are good for you. Nowadays it comes in so many colors; white orange, green, purple, are commonly available in most grocery stores.

And yes, these cruciferous vegetables as they’re called are really full of lots of good things. It’s hard to imagine how low they are in calories. A medium head cauliflower is 150 calories and a large head is maybe 200 calories.

For recipe ideas, think of things you would do with potatoes. Substitute cauliflower for potatoes in your au gratin. This is a great way to wipe out so many calories and unwanted carbohydrate calories. You can serve it raw, or in a bread and butter pickle jar.

There’s so many wonderful things you can do with cauliflower; with all these colors available it’s great to put it out on an hors d’oeuvres platter. The variety of colors alone makes it so attractive.

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