WHAT WE'RE COOKING THIS WEEK: Cauliflower

In case you missed it, cauliflower is officially the new kale of 2014 — and for the most part, it really deserves this title.

This vegetable can grilled, roasted, barbecued, blended, mashed, eaten raw or made into rice or crusts for people who following a gluten-free diet. Not only is cauliflower incredibly versatile in cooking, it has tons of health benefits nutritionists and doctors can't get enough of.

Great for your liver, cauliflower is known to flush out toxins, help with digestion and act as an antioxidant, according to 3 Fat Chicks.

One head of cauliflower (yes, it does look like a brain), is about 210 calories, while a 100 gram serving counts towards 80 per cent of your daily vitamin C intake — that's a lot!

And in case you missed it, last week we packed raw foods.

WEEKLY SHOPPING LIST:

Here's what you need to buy this week, while the other necessary ingredients (like pepper, salt and oils) are likely already in your kitchen.

  • Cauliflower head
  • Coconut oil
  • Mustard powder
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Vegetable broth
  • Thyme
  • Cottage cheese
  • Turkey pepperoni
  • Dried basil
  • Hot sauce
  • Ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing

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  • Monday: Cauliflower Popcorn

    This snack recipe is gluten-friendly, a little chewy with, of course, the right amount of crunchiness. <a href="http://balancedplatter.com/cheesy-cauliflower-popcorn/" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from The Balanced Platter here. </a>

  • Tuesday: Mini Cauliflower Pizza

    A low-carb option even kids will love — seriously, they probably won't realize they're eating vegetables. <a href="http://www.realhousemoms.com/mini-cauliflower-pizza/" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from Real House Moms here.</a>

  • Wednesday: Cauliflower And Cheddar Soup

    Blend your cauliflower into a soup to make the perfect afternoon snack or even lunch. <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/roasted-cauliflower-cheddar-soup/" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod here.</a>

  • Thursday: Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower

    A great winter snack that adds serious flavour to the veggie, this recipe includes onions, garlic and cheese.<a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/parmesan-roasted-cauliflower" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from Bon Appetit here. </a>

  • Friday: Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower

    This one is for the vegetarians and vegans who want to fit in on wing night. And yes, you too will get to deal with messy fingers when you're done. <a href="http://www.closetcooking.com/2013/01/buffalo-roasted-cauliflower.html" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from Closet Cooking here.</a>

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  • Monday: Raw Chili Sweet Potato Chips

    Now, because raw food doesn't consist of "cooking" anything, these sweet potato chips are dehydrated instead. <a href="http://www.queenofquinoa.me/2012/03/alyssas-favorite-raw-snacks/" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from Queen of Quinoa here. </a>

  • Tuesday: Raw Raspberry Bars

    If you have a sweet tooth, try these raw raspberry bars made with jam, coconut and cashews. <a href="http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-raspberry-bars-recipe" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from The Rawtarian here. </a>

  • Wednesday: Raw Vegan Nori Rolls

    If you're a big fan of sushi, try this raw nori roll recipe made with cauliflower rice, guacamole and fresh vegetables. <a href="http://therawfoodsisters.com/2013/06/16/raw-vegan-nori-rolls/" target="_blank">Get the recipe from The Raw Food Sisters here. </a>

  • Thursday: Raw Caramel Candy Apple

    Everyone's favourite childhood carnival treat made the healthiest way possible. <a href="http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2012/02/oh-my-raw-caramel-apples-recipe.html#.Uv51q_ldXwg" target="_blank">Get the recipe from This Rawsome Vegan Life here. </a>

  • Friday: Chia And Sprouted Quinoa Crackers

    This cracker recipe combines quinoa and chia seeds — talk about a superfood combination. <a href="http://therawfoodkitchen.com.au/recipes/chia-sprouted-quinoa-crackers/" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from The Raw Food Kitchen here. </a>

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  • Monday: Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffin

    Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack, these dark chocolate muffins are made with dark cocoa powder and brown sugar. <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Dark-chocolate-blueberry-muffins-333626?columns=6&position=1%2F70" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from How Sweet It Is.</a>

  • Tuesday: Dark Chocolate Popcorn

    Say goodbye to butter and say hello to (healthy) chocolate. <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-salted-chocolate-popcorn-recipes-from-the-kitchn-183970" target="_blank">Get the recipe from The Kitchn here.</a>

  • Wednesday: Dark Chocolate And Nut Clusters

    An easy recipe for those of you who always have a chocolate craving while on the go. <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/quick-easy/healthy-snack-ideas-00100000085108/page17.html" target="_blank">Get the recipe from Real Simple here.</a>

  • Thursday: Dark Chocolate Dipped Cherries

    If you can get your hands on some cherries, try this quick and easy snack idea. <a href="http://www.wholeliving.com/132830/dark-chocolate-dipped-cherries?czone=e&czone=e&czone=e&czone=e&center=144884&gallery=136343&slide=132830#" target="_blank">Get the recipe from Whole Living here.</a>

  • Friday: Dark Chocolate Bark

    On the day of love, treat your valentine to a homemade treat with this dark chocolate bark made with almonds and sunflower seeds. <a href="http://www.kitchendaily.com/recipe/dark-chocolate-bark-roasted-almonds-and-seeds" target="_blank">Get the recipe from Kitchen Daily here.</a>

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  • Monday: Coconut Curry Soup

    Any lovers of curry will fall in love with a coconut curry soup. This combination of coconut milk and noodles is perfect for dinner (and lunch). <a href="http://chefmichaelsmith.com/recipe/thai-coconut-curry-soup/#.UuwaA_ldXwg" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from chef Michael Smith here.</a>

  • Tuesday: Beef Pho Noodle Soup

    Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup often made with broth, noodles, meat and vegetables. <a href="http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/2008/10/pho-beef-noodle-soup.html" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from Viet World Kitchen here.</a>

  • Wednesday: Mushroom Cream Soup

    This flavourful mushroom soup is made with mixed mushrooms and onions. <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/creamy-mushroom-soup" target="_blank">Get the recipe from Jamie Oliver here.</a>

  • Thursday: Butternut Squash Soup

    Butternut squash is also another must-have soup. This recipe includes a total of five ingredients. Yes, five! <a href="http://lickmyspoon.com/recipes/healthy-butternut-squash-soup/" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from Lick My Spoon here.</a>

  • Friday: Chicken And Lentil Soup

    This hearty lentil soup is not only tasty on those cold winter nights, but it is packed with healthy ingredients as well. <a href="http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/01/lentil-and-chicken-soup-3-pts.html" target="_blank">Get the full recipe from Skinny Taste here.</a>

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  • Monday: Apple Spice Granola

    This yummy homemade granola mixed with rolled oats, coconut flakes and almonds is the perfect addition to your morning yogurt or oatmeal. <a href="http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/08/apple-spice-granola/" target="_blank">Get the full recipe by Beth of Tasty Yummies here.</a>

  • Tuesday: Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Chewy, sweet and gluten-free. These cookies will make your afternoon tea break (or early morning coffee run) taste a little better. <a href="http://www.pastryaffair.com/blog/almond-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies-gluten-free.html" target="_blank">Get the full recipe here.</a>

  • Wednesday: Sweet Onion Dip

    Hump day means dip day, for us at least. This roasted sweet onion dip is quick and requires minimal ingredients. For dippers, try gluten-free crackers or veggies. <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/roasted-sweet-onion-dip-50400000117198/" target="_blank">Get the full recipe here.</a>

  • Thursday: Cherry Vanilla Power Bars

    If you're looking for a quick snack for work or after the gym, these power bars are made with flaxseeds, almonds and dried cherries and cranberries. <a href="http://www.elanaspantry.com/cherry-vanilla-power-bars/" target="_blank">Get the full recipe here.</a>

  • Friday: The "Sweet Tooth"

    Not only does this look incredibly mouthwatering, this stuffed sweet potato recipe from With Style and Grace features dried cranberries and roasted Brussels sprouts as well. <a href="http://withstyleandgraceblog.com/2012/01/12/fifty-healthy-gluten-free-snack-recipes-and-ideas/" target="_blank">Get the full recipe here.</a>

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  • Monday: Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Cooked chicken wrapped with sprouts, carrots and a dash of peanut miso sauce. <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/ingredients/chicken-recipes/chicken-appetizers-10000001943513/page2.html" target="_blank">Get the full recipe here.</a>

  • Tuesday: Moroccan Chicken Stew

    Infused with beans, tomatoes, and zucchinis, this hearty stew is perfect for those cold winter days. <a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/easy-chicken-recipes?page=6" target="_blank">Get the full recipe here. </a>

  • Wednesday: Indian-Spiced Chicken Pita Wraps

    After grilling or pan-frying your chicken breast slices with spices, stuff them in a whole wheat pita with an Indian-inspired yogurt sauce. <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/indian_spiced_chicken_pitas.html" target="_blank">Get the full recipe here.</a>

  • Thursday: Hummus Crusted Chicken

    Hummus and chicken? Yes. This recipe involves seasoning your chicken slice with salt and pepper and covering it with hummus before baking. <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/hummus-crusted-chicken/" target="_blank">Get the full recipe here.</a>

  • Friday: Chicken And Asparagus Rolls

    Made with chicken cutlets or breasts, this recipe is the ideal option for someone who loves their veggies as well. <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/313991/chicken-and-asparagus-rolls" target="_blank">Get the full recipe here</a>.

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  • Monday: Greek Salad Bites

    On Monday (hopefully with leftovers from a Greek salad you made on the weekend), try this salad bite recipe, combing delicious feta cheese and sour cream on a chopped cucumber slice. <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Greek-Salad-Bites-471922" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

  • Tuesday: Homemade Tzatziki

    Tzatziki can be healthy (and nutritious) if you make it at home. This recipe includes low-fat Greek yogurt and diced cucumbers and onions. For work, bring some whole wheat pita chips or bread for dipping purposes.<a href="http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/chucks-tzatziki/11727/" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

  • Wednesday: Dakos

    This one may be a little messy, but it is the perfect snack to make at home. The combination of Kalamata olives and tomatoes makes the perfect Greek-style bruschetta. <a href="http://www.lemonandolives.com/cretan-dakos/" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

  • Thursday: Hummus

    Hummus is traditionally a Middle Eastern dip but it is quite popular in some Greek recipes. This recipe can be made with Greek yogurt as well — how healthy! <a href="http://chefinyou.com/2013/02/hummus-recipe/" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

  • Friday: Mini Chicken Souvlaki Bites

    Keeping with our trend of bite-sized options, we also have this Greek souvlaki bite recipe made with fresh oregano and chicken breast. <a href="http://www.maypurr.com/recipe.php?id=88521&utm_source=maypurr&utm_medium=desktop+website&utm_campaign=also+pawed+this" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

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  • Monday: Microwaved Sweet Potato

    If you have a mini-oven or microwave at work, pop in a sweet potato for a couple of minutes, split it open and add a splash of orange juice on top. The best part? <a href="http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/103-healthy-snack-recipe-ideas/4/" target="_blank">You can eat it right out of the skin.</a>

  • Tuesday: Roasted Snap Peas

    On Tuesday, make sure you get a dose of your green veggies. We love this sesame roasted snap pea recipe that will only take 10 minutes to prep the night before. <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-sesame-roasted-snap-pea-117556" target="_blank">Get the full recipe here. </a>

  • Wednesday : Glazed Carrots

    Instead of bringing carrots and dip, try this recipe for glazed carrots with cardamon and ginger that will give you an extra kick during your lunch hour. <a href="http://www.kitchendaily.com/recipe/glazed-carrots-cardamom-and-ginger" target="_blank">Get the recipe here. </a>

  • Thursday: Kale Chips

    Kale may have been so 2013, but it's still a nutritious leafy green you can eat all year round. Even though we've seen tons of variations of kale chips, this zesty flavoured one seemed particularly appealing. <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2013/10/baked-kale-chips-recipe.html" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

  • Friday: Roasted Cauliflower Poppers

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/31/food-trends-2014-_n_4523642.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-living" target="_blank">2014 is all about cauliflower</a> and if you're not a fan of eating it raw, we suggest roasting it with coconut oil and sea salt. <a href="http://wholelifestylenutrition.com/recipes/appetizers-snacks/organic-roasted-cauliflower-poppers-recipe/" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

Monday: Cauliflower Popcorn
This snack recipe is gluten-friendly, a little chewy with, of course, the right amount of crunchiness. Get the full recipe from The Balanced Platter here.

Tuesday: Mini Cauliflower Pizza
A low-carb option even kids will love — seriously, they probably won't realize they're eating vegetables. Get the full recipe from Real House Moms here.

Wednesday: Cauliflower And Cheddar Soup
Blend your cauliflower into a soup to make the perfect afternoon snack or even lunch. Get the full recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod here.

Thursday: Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower
A great winter snack that adds serious flavour to the veggie, this recipe includes onions, garlic and cheese.Get the full recipe from Bon Appetit here.

Friday: Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower
This one is for the vegetarians and vegans who want to fit in on wing night. And yes, you too will get to deal with messy fingers when you're done. Get the full recipe from Closet Cooking here.

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