I am not going to pretend that today’s recipe is low fat. It’s not. At all. However, it is filled with delicious vegetables and cheese. If you are trying to avoid carbs, this is a great alternative to Mac and Cheese, using cauliflower instead of pasta. If you are not avoiding carbs, you can actually do half pasta and half cauliflower. Either way, it is a delicious dish!
Cauliflower and Cheese
You’ll need cheese: 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, and 4 oz cream cheese (I usually use the 1/3 less fat stuff), cut into cubes. You’ll also need 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/4 tsp black pepper.
You’ll also need 1 additional cup of cheddar cheese for the topping.
Wash, cut, rinse and cover a head of cauliflower with water, boil until tender.
Alternatively, you could steam it.
Next, in a saucepan, add 1 cup cream or milk for a lower calorie version and cream cheese. Mix until combined over medium heat.
Once the milk and cream cheese is heated to simmering, add cheese.
Stir until all cheese is melted.
Remove from heat.
Place cauliflower into a 8×8 pan. (You can also use a 9×9)
Top with cheese mixture.
Spread mixture evenly over the cauliflower. Top with 1 cup cheddar cheese.
Bake at 350 until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly. About 15-25 minutes.
About This Author
Crystal (Crystal’s Cozy Kitchen) is a mom to an active 2 year old son. Since becoming a mom she has learned just how hard it can be to get a toddler to eat healthy. She has always loved to cook and believes that while eating healthy your taste buds should not suffer and neither should your bank account. Crystal is a firm believer in the Family Table and loves to sit down to dinner with her husband and son as often as their schedules permit.
Growing up in a rural area in Utah she learned to love comfort food, but now realizes that most comfort foods can be made healthier. During her childhood she feels that vegetables were almost an afterthought to preparing meals and wants to have them take a more central role on the table.
She and her family have moved 6 times in the last 5 years, lived in two different states and will be moving again once her husband finishes his Masters Degree. She can understand the varying situations of home cooks as she has lived in apartments with small stoves/ovens, no counter space, hardly any cabinets as well as lived in areas where it is impossible to find some ingredients in local stores.
Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute.
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