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.

Pasta with Truffle Butter

I love truffles! And Oregon truffles are quite affordable and available at the grocery store! This is a simple and delicious dish!

  • 1/2 lb pasta
  • 2 tbsp truffle butter (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 g parmigiano or hard Italian truffle cheese, finely grated
  • Truffle salt
  • 1 truffle, thinly sliced

Cook pasta according to package.

In a 12 inch skillet, melt butter. Add pasta and toss to coat. Stir in the cheese, sprinkle with truffle salt and stir.

Divide between bowls and shave truffle onto pasta.

Serves 2 – 4.

Chicken with Mustard and Tarragon

This is from Patricia Wells My French Kitchen. I have all her cookbooks and every single recipe I’ve made has been perfect! This one was originally with rabbit, which I could not find so I used chicken.

  • 4 slices pancetta
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 1/2 c mustard
  • 1 2/3 c half and half
  • 1/2 c minced tarragon
  • 8 oz tagliatelle pasta

Wrap pancetta around chicken and secure with a toothpick. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat, brown the chicken on all sides for about 8 minutes. Remove and place on a platter.

Pour the wine into the skillet and bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Add mustard, half and half and tarragon. Cover and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet and simmer 15 minutes.

Meanwhile cook the pasta according to package.

Remove chicken from sauce, remove toothpick and tent with foil.

Add pasta to the sauce, toss to coat and cover for 2 minutes.

Serve chicken with pasta.

Serves 4

Air Fryer Crispy Ravioli

This dish was inspired by Eating Well. Use fresh pasta for this recipe. I swapped out Italian Seasoning for herbs de Provence.

  • cooking spray
  • 1 c panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ c grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning or herbs de Provence
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 fresh ravioli
  • 2 cups low-sodium marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 425°F. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet and coat with cooking spray.

Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan and Italian seasoning in a shallow dish. Whisk egg and water in a separate shallow dish. Dip ravioli in the egg, letting excess drip off, then coat in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing to adhere. Place on the wire rack. Lightly coat the ravioli with cooking spray.

Bake the ravioli until golden brown and crispy, about 15 minutes.

Serve the ravioli with the sauce and more Parmesan, if desired.

Serves 4 -6

Truffled Mushroom Mac and Cheese

This is so good and it’s vegan and gluten free. It is a super quick meal and it’s filling. There will be extra sauce you can use for another quick meal.

  • Cheese Sauce
    • 1 c raw macadamia nuts, soaked for 8 hours
      3/4 c water
      3 tbsp lemon juice
      1/4 c nutritional yeast
      1/2 tsp salt
      1 tsp smoked paprika
      1/4 tsp mustard powder
      1 clove garlic
      Pepper

    Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and process till smooth. Add water 1 tbsp at a time if too thick.

    Mac & Cheese:

    • 1 package zita miracle Noodles, rinsed
    • 2 tsp avocado oil
    • 6 oz mushrooms, chopped
    • 1/2 c cheese sauce
    • 1 bag baby spinach
    • Nutritional yeast
    • Truffle oil to drizzle

    In a medium pan heat oil and sauté the mushrooms until brown.

    Add noodles, sauce and spinach, cook stirring until spinach has melted.

    Serve with nutritional yeast sprinkled on top and truffle oil.

    Serve 2.

    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.

    Mushrooms and Noodles

    This is more of combining than a recipe. I was quite surprised at the Wonder Noodles – they were quite tasty! The serving size is ridiculously small – who is going to eat 1 oz of noodles? I added TJs shelf stable roasted tomatoes, some leftover mushrooms, spinach and Daiya’s Alfredo sauce. Hey sometimes I need a night almost off!

    • 7 oz pack of Wonder Noodles, rinsed
    • 1 package Daiya Alfredo Sauce
    • 1 7 oz bag spinach
    • 4 oz sautéd mushrooms
    • 1/2 container TJs toasted tomatoes

    In a large skillet over low heat, heat the sauce, stir in the remaining ingredients stirring until heated through, about 5 minutes.

    Serves 2.