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Cauliflower “Macaroni” and Cheese

15 Jun

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So Justin and I are still sticking to the low carbs thing, and I am seriously missing some pasta and potatoes. (Truth be told, I snuck to spaghetti while Justin was out of town earlier this week, but that’s another story). Anyways,we have been reading all about cauliflower and it’s versatility. We’ve read about cauliflower pizza crust, lasagna, and of course macaroni and cheese. 

This was so good and SO easy to do. It was still a little bit higher in calories than I would like, but definitely lower than your typical mac n cheese. We did not come up with this recipe on our own, this was a Dr. Oz recipe. You can go to the original link here. 

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/original-cauliflower-mac-and-cheese-casserole

We didn’t change much, just used low fat cheese and cream cheese. I am not one for low fat items so I was a little bit hesitant about going this route, but it tasted delicious. 

What You need

  • Large cauliflower head
  • 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of dijon mustard
  • 2 oz of low fat cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups of low fat cheddar cheese (plus extra to top)
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

Break the cauliflower into florets and boil for 5-10 minutes, just long enough for it to be slightly tender

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Once it’s tender, drain the cauliflower thoroughly and pat dry. We learned the hard way that this step is really important. My cheese sauce ended up slightly runny, so really make sure you get all the extra liquid out. After that, put the cauliflower aside in a baking dish. 


Meanwhile, in a sauce pan, bring the heavy cream to a simmer. Once it’s simmering add the cream cheese, mustard, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Once that is melted, add the cheese and stir until creamy. 

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Add the cheese mixture to the cauliflower. Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes. The cheese should be slightly browned and bubbly. 

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Once it comes out of the oven, it should look a little bit like this…

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See all the bubbly cheesy goodness? All that with low fat cheese and cauliflower. Who knew?

After eating this, Justin and I decided that next time we are going to try it with milk or half and half to cut back on some of those calories. Hopefully it will turn out just as good. 

We served this along side of ham and okra. The cheese sauce the oozed all over the plate tasted pretty good on top of both. Just in case you were wondering! 

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1 Comment

Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Side Dishes

 

One response to “Cauliflower “Macaroni” and Cheese

  1. TigerStephie

    June 15, 2012 at 1:36 am

    wow that looks so yummy! I think I will be making that for dinner tomorrow night!

     

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