In doing research for this blog post, I was not surprised to find that cauliflower is not America’s favorite vegetable*. And I can assure you that it wasn’t a big hit in my house while growing up either, only making the dinner table with other raw vegetables — carrot, celery, radishes, broccoli, etc. — alongside a bowl of Ranch Dip. Not the most appealing mealtime display.
But my taste has changed over the years. Vegetables that I would turn my nose up at are now among my favorite to eat — with a bit of camouflage.
Mixing in the reserved cooking liquid, saves calories and cuts the fat. But you can use olive oil in place of the reserved cooking liquid, for a richer tasting dip.
While I still like hummus made with garbanzo beans, Cauliflower Hummus helps me enjoy the health benefits of cauliflower — vitamins, fiber, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, among others — while also adding a few more servings of vegetables into my daily diet.
*Although the survey was conducted in 2009, I would be surprised if the results have changed in the past four years. Can you guess what America’s favorite vegetable is?