Shoppers are everywhere during the holiday season, and with so many people out and about, increasing your vitamin C intake at this time of year, can help boost your immune system as you begin preparing for family gatherings and holiday meals. What better way to increase your vitamin C and other disease fighting vitamins, than to bake them right into your holiday meals. Many side dishes are just loaded with vitamins and will help you stay healthy. Don’t forget how important hand-washing is, too. Wash your hands frequently to keep germs away. Now, here is a delicious holiday side dish high in vitamins.
Cauliflower with Tomato Relish… Yum!
- 1 head *cauliflower, steamed (or 1-2 bags frozen, and then cooked according to package directions)
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon drained capers
- 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Pinch of ground black pepper
Steam or microwave cauliflower. While cauliflower is cooking, place tomatoes, capers, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, salt and black pepper in a food processor bowl. Pulse ingredients for about 15-seconds until coarsely chopped. Spoon tomato relish over cooked cauliflower and serve.
*Cauliflower is a great source of Vitamin C and contain more than half of the recommended daily allowance in just ½ cup. It also contains B6, folate, phytochemicals, Vitamin K, copper, potassium, and is a good source of dietary fiber.
*Cherry tomatoes provides about 20 mg Vitamin C in just one cup. These vegetables are high in antioxidant vitamins which prevents cells from oxidative damage.
*A medium tomato contains approximately 1025 I U’s (International units) of Vitamin A which is vital for vision and cell development.