Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Try-it Tuesday: Cheesy Cauliflower Bake


If you're looking to try a new side or are a vegetarian looking for a new main dish (sans bacon of course), look no further. Ever since I was pregnant with my son I've been extra cautious of my carb intake due to a diagnosis of gestational diabetes so when I saw this recipe floating around on Facebook, I decided to give it a shot.

The original recipe can be found here but here is the F-it version! I'd like to preface this by saying that I was going to stop at a 'regular' grocery store but had to go to Target before which is why it looks like it's a post sponsored by Target (much to F-it's dismay, it's not). Also if I can get around cutting cauliflower or cooking bacon, I'm f-ing doing it which explains the adjustments to the ingredient list.

Ingredients:

2 - 12 oz. bags frozen cut cauliflower
1 cup reduced fat mild cheddar cheese
8 oz reduced fat cream cheese (aka neufchatel cheese)
6 strips fully cooked bacon (i bought the whole box but only used 6 strips)
1 bunch scallions/green onions
Smart balance (in place of butter)



Directions:

  • Cook cauliflower according to package and drain
  • Mash together cauliflower, cream cheese and butter in a bowl. Cauliflower will be hot so it will melt cheese and butter. You can decide whether you want this chunky or smooth depending on your taste.
  • Spread in a dish and sprinkle with cheese (you can use as much or as little as you want), bacon and scallions 
  • Cook uncovered at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes
Mashing the cauliflower, cream cheese and butter together

Spreading out the cauliflower mash. I kept mine pretty chunky.

Ready to go in the oven. While I was making this it reminded me of a baked potato, which kind of makes sense since they have those 'cauliflower as mashed potato' recipes everywhere now



Tips:
  • I would definitely make this again but would buy real bacon bits. Who has time to cut the precooked bacon? Not me.
  • Next time I might use 3 bags of cauliflower to cut the creaminess down and have plenty for leftovers
  • If you buy precooked bacon, I wouldn't even bother microwaving it. It'll heat up in the oven anyway so just cut or rip it and throw it on top.
  • To bring this to a new lazy level, use a disposable dish for virtually zero clean up. I'm definitely doing this next time.
  • This was the perfect amount as a side for 4 people. If you want a hearty vegetarian main dish, this would be great for 2 people.

Verdict:

F-YEAH! While I realize this may not be the healthiest recipe, it's f-ing good so give it a shot. And there's cauliflower in it so it totally counts as a vegetable side.







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