20 Ways Cauliflower is Better than Kale
When it comes to cruciferous veggies, kale’s got nothing on cauliflower. Here are 20 reasons why cauli is the better brassica
Cauliflower vs Kale
Both kale and-surprise!-cauliflower are good sources of vitamin C. When cooked, cauli has slightly more of this antioxidant powerhouse.
When it comes to fibre, cauli has a slight edge: 2.3 g in 100 grams of the cooked veggie, versus 2 grams in the same amount of cooked kale. Raw kale has slightly more fiber, so let’s just say they’re even on this point. It’s a win-win: yay for fibre!
Here’s a fun swap: Mash cauliflower and it looks and tastes just like mashed potatoes! Have you tried mashing kale? Didn’t think so!
Easy cauliflower recipes
Unlike the bitter green, cauliflower is easily hidden in foods for a nutrient-packed boost. Try it in casseroles and pasta dishes, or mix a purée into the cheese sauce for mac and cheese. (Try it in our Dairy-Free Creamy Macaroni Bake recipe.)
Roasted, salted cauli florets are a delicious treat-and way less messy than kale chips. Plus, kale chips are THE WORST when it comes to getting stuck in your teeth. Think about it: Have you ever had to pick a cauliflower floret stuck between your molars? Nope. Moving on…
You can make a Paleo-diet-friendly cauliflower-crust pizza! Have you tried putting pizza toppings on kale? Not fun.
Rich in folate
Cauliflower is higher than kale in folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that helps make red blood cells. Folate can’t be stored in your body, so you should eat folate-rich foods every day.
The cauliflower florets are the best part of giardiniera, the delicious pickled-veggie antipasto that you can put on sandwiches, or just eat straight outta the jar. Pickled kale? Yuck!
You can make cauliflower “steaks” by slicing a head into thick slabs, drizzling with olive oil and lemon juice, and roasting at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Healthier than a T-bone!
Cauliflower and choline
Cauliflower is packed with choline, a vitamin-like essential nutrient that’s crucial for liver function and brain development. (Raw kale has hardly any choline, btw.)
Here’s another surprising fact: Cauliflower has less carbs than kale. There are 10 g of carbs in 100 grams of raw kale; The same amount of raw cauliflower has just under 5 g.
You can bake those little florets into a soufflé! Sure, you can probably add kale to a soufflé, too, but that would just be weird. And green. And bitter. Like kale.
Cauliflower is budget-friendly
When it comes to bang for your buck, cauliflower takes it. Kale can be expensive, especially if you opt for the organic kind. The lowly cauliflower is wallet-friendly.
Cauliflower is versatile
When it comes to restaurant dishes, kale plays second fiddle to the humble, but versatile, cauliflower. Chefs everywhere are putting the delicious florets on the menu, and roasting, sautéing, mashing and pureeing them to perfection.
Both cauliflower, kale and other cruciferous veggies contain sulforaphane, a phytochemical known for its potential cancer-fighting properties. A 2011 study found that sulforaphane targeted and killed cancer cells while leaving healthy prostate cells unchanged. And animal studies have shown it to prevent the growth of breast, colon, lung and stomach cancers.
Cauli is cool
How cool is this: There’s a mathematical formula for the fractal patterns on a cauliflower’s surface! European scientists unlocked the secrets of the cauliflower’s geometry in a study published in the New Journal of Physics in 2012. Cauli for the win!