You may have or may not have heard of sweet sprouting cauliflower. It is not a super widely spread vegetable but lately I have seen it in supermarkets a lot more than ever before.
What is it sweet sprouting cauliflower….
This sweet couliflour was first produced in Japan and it’s a lot sweeter than the traditional cauliflower, it has long stems with tiny little white flower heads.
It is a popular vegetable in China too and they have been using it for some time and it is now also produced here in the UK. Can be consumed raw or cooked especially stir-fry style as it cooks pretty fast, in fact, it doesn’t need much cooking at all, just a matter of a couple of minutes and it’s done!
Kids as well as ourselves the bigger kids, ha ha, really love it and I have to say it is a lot more appealing and less ‘intimidating’ particularly to children both taste and appearance wise.
Hello there, the cauliflower haters, try this sweet sprouting cauliflower, you will be way impressed. The beauty of this is that it tastes nothing like cauliflower. It is an absolute promise!?
A little bit about is orzo….
Have you had it before, do you like it?
For those that don’t really know what orzo is – it ultimately is a type of pasta shaped like a larger rice grain and like most pastas this is also made from semolina, a coarse – ground flour or known also as a durum wheat. It even cooks like pasta but just maybe a dash quicker, just a dash ?
Orzo is commonly used in Mediterranean cuisines like Israeli, Turkish, Greek, some Arabic or Spanish, ohhhh and it’s so cute and tasty. My kids call it “cute pasta”. ? They are so right!
It can be served on its own or as part of a salad, soups, ‘rissotto style’ as a pilaf or in a casserole and even stews. As you can gather, cooking with orzo offers endless possibilities. It’s such a versatile ingredient. My kids also love it boiled in milk for breakfast with some sugar and lemon zest. ?Whichever way you decide to cook it, you will end up with a delish dish. We love it in any type of dish but particularly prefer it this way (salad type) that this recipe is all about mainly because it is so easy and quick to make.
Yes indeed, this warm salad dish is another one of those that I love making because it can be put together in no time, it’s healthy, DELICIOUS, it is appealing and very appetising. Good for crowds, really desired by children and so super yummy. More orzo recipes will follow, so stay tuned!
I find this dish a great and easy way of incorporating a few more vegetables in children’s diets. They will just love it! ?
Curried orzo & ground beef, turmeric and sweet sprouting cauliflower
- 500 g of ground beef lean 5% fat
- 200 g sweet sprouting cauliflower
- 200 g sweet kale
- 8 medium chestnut mushrooms
- 150 g broccolini
- 1 can of ready cooked chickpeas well drained
- 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp Cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp red chilli flakes optional
- 10 springs of fresh coriander optional
- Wash and prepare the orzo according to package instructions.
- Meanwhile wash all the vegetables and chop according to your liking.
- Place a deep pan (wok style) on a medium heat, add 1 tsp coconut oil. When slightly hot add the chickpeas, 1/2 tsp cumin powder a pinch of salt and 1/2 tsp curry poder. Toss well to coat the chickpeas with the spices and coof tossing regularly for about 2 min. Take them out of the pan on a plate and set aside.
- Using the same pan (no need to wash) add the ground beef, salt pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally until the beef has cooked (browned slightly). Break it so there are no big lumpy bits.
- Mix all the spices in (cumin, curry and turmeric powder as well as the mustard seeds) and cook further stirring occasionally for another minute or so.
- Add the chopped kale and sliced mushrooms and the broccolini. Carry on cooking for another 4 minutes. Toss it every now and again.
- Throw in the sweet sprouting cauliflower and allow it to cook for another 2 minutes toosing it a couple of times.
- Bring in the cooked orzo and mix together gently with the help of two wooden spatulas. Sprinkle the coriander and enjoy.
- Dish out on plates and serve immediately.