Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

I love cauliflower and cheese so I made a few changes to the Skinny Girl recipe and it was delish! The béchamel took a bit of work and was well worth it. It’s about 15 hands on and 40 min total time.

  • 12 oz cauliflower florets
  • 12 oz pasta
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 2 c milk
  • 1 c low sodium veggie broth
  • 2 c grated lite cheese – I used TJs Mexi blend
  • 1/4 c panko
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9×13 pan.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook cauliflower for 3 minutes, remove and drain. Add pasta to the water and cook according to package. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium low heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the broth and Mik, whisking until flour/butter mixture dissolves. Increase heat to medium high, whisking until mixture comes to a boil. Continue to whisk for 7 – 8 minutes until smooth and thick.

Remove from heat and stir in cheese, until smooth. Add the pasta and cauliflower and stir to coat. Pour into prepared pan. Top with Parm and panko.

Bake for 18 minutes. Turn oven on the broil and cook until the panko is crispy.

Serves 8. 9 ww pp.

Cauliflower Tikki Masala

Meatless Monday is a thing in our house! This dish is inspired by Eating Well and it is da bomb! Perfect for a busy Monday! I used Madras sauce.

  •  1 tbsp coconut or canola oil
  • 4 c cauliflower florets
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ c water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1½ c tikka masala sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add cauliflower and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add water; cover and cook until the cauliflower is tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add chickpeas and sauce; cook, stirring occasionally, until hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Serve topped with cilantro, if desired.

Serves 4 – 6

Cauliflower Egg Bites

I tried something very similar from Trader Joe’s, they were amazing, and then I looked at the packaging and knew I could come up with something just as tasty and not be left with a bunch of plastic wrap and cardboard. These are super quick to whip up and freeze beautifully. Just pop them in the oven for 15 min at 350, and let sit for 1 minutes after.

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped fine in the food processor
  • 1 c shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 400. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake wrappers. Spray with olive oil lightly.

Mix Cauliflower, shredded cheese and eggs into a mixing bowl and let it sit for a few minutes.

Scoop about 1/4 c of the mixture into each muffin tin, filling just below the top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Edges with be golden brown.

Let sit for 5 minutes, pop out of muffin tin with a spoon. If freezing, let cool completely.

Makes 12.

Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo

This dish was from Eating Well and it is amazing!!

  • ½ c breadcrumbs, toasted
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ tsp grated lemon zest
  • 4 c cauliflower florets (1 small head)
  • 1 c raw cashews
  • 8 oz fettuccine
  • 4 c lightly packed thinly sliced kale
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp white miso
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • ¾ tsp salt

Bring a pot water to a boil.

Combine breadcrumbs, parsley and lemon zest in a small bowl. Set aside.

Add cauliflower and cashews to the boiling water; cook until the cauliflower is very tender, about 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cauliflower and cashews to a blender.

Add pasta to the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add kale and cook until the pasta is just tender, about 1 minute more. Drain; return the pasta and kale to the pot.

Add lemon juice, miso, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and 1 cup water to the blender; process until smooth. Add the sauce to the pasta and stir until well coated. Serve topped with the breadcrumb mixture.

Serves 4.

Cauliflower Soup

Simple and delish is how I describe this soup. I added a little truffle oil and green onions just cos I had them on hand.

  • 2 small heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 qt veggie broth
  • 3 c water
  • Salt and pepper

Toppings

  • Truffle oil
  • Scallions, sliced
  • Parmesan cheese or vegan parm

Place all ingredients except toppings in a slow cooker. Cook for 6 hours. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.

Serve with toppings.

Serves 4 – 6.

Cauliflower Gratin

This is such a yummy veggie dish – it takes about 45 min to bake, with a total time of about 1 hour – so it may not work for a crazy weeknight.

  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp pine nuts
  • 16 Kalamata olives, halved & pitted
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3-4 tbsp nut milk
  • 6 oz feta
  • 1/4 c bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a casserole bowl with olive oil.

Steam cauliflower until just tender.

Toss tomatoes, garlic, olives, thyme, salt and 1 tbsp oil in a large bowl, toss with cauliflower and place in casserole.

Pulse milk and cheese in a food processor until blended but a little chunky. Spread over cauliflower.

Toss together bread crumbs, pine nuts and 1 tbsp of oil and spread over cauliflower and bake for 45 minutes.

Serves 4 – 6.