We all grew up eating mac and cheese, but most of us never stopped eating it. How could you? It is delicious! Everybody loves pasta and everybody loves cheese, so it is pretty much a match made in heaven. Better yet, it is especially great when homemade with a nice crispy crust on top. It only gets better the older you get!
There is no arguing that mac and cheese is great, but it does have one downfall – it’s high in carbs. If you follow a low-carb diet, you might assume that you have to say goodbye to pasta, which would also mean no more mac and cheese.
As it so happens, there is a recipe out there for you if you are trying to ditch those carbs but still want to keep your favorite childhood meal in the mix. It is time to think about getting a new macaroni in the mix: cauliflower.
Okay, so calling it mac and cheese may be a bit misleading since there isn’t any macaroni in it. Luckily, your taste buds won’t notice the difference, but your body sure will! Take the time to give cauliflower mac and cheese a shot.
Recipe for Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Now that you know how great cauliflower is for your body and you’ve learned how to prepare it, here’s a delicious recipe for cauliflower mac and cheese!
- 8 cups cauliflower
- 2 slices bacon
- ½ medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- Preheat oven to 425°F and heat a skillet over medium heat.
- Dice the bacon and separate the cauliflower into small florets. Add the bacon and cauliflower to the skillet and sauté for 5 minutes.
- Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring once in a while.
- Transfer the contents of the skillet into a baking dish.
- Mix the butter with 1 cup of cheddar cheese and the heavy whipping cream in a bowl until a consistent cheese sauce is formed. Pour it over the cauliflower mixture in the baking dish.
- Top the contents of the baking dish with the remaining cheddar cheese.
- Bake at 425°F for 10 minutes and broil for 5 more to give it a crispy crust.
To people acquainted with low-carb diets such as the ketogenic diet, it may not be surprising to hear about cauliflower as a substitute. It has become a popular replacement for all sorts of grains, in large part because it goes so well with so many dishes.
More importantly, there are only 3 grams of net carbs in a cup of cauliflower, which means that it can make up the bulk of your meal and still provide you with next to no carbs. If you are looking for one food in particular that could end up carrying a big load for your diet, cauliflower is a top contender.
It also happens to have plenty of merits regardless of its carbohydrate content. It is a big time contributor for giving you Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, choline, biotin, phosphorous, manganese, magnesium, niacin, and protein. Does that sound like a lot? That is probably because it is.
Cauliflower gets the job done and then some, helping you kick carbs out of your diet while also giving you a ton of nutritional benefits. How could you ask for more?
Tips for Making Cauliflower
If you aren’t a regular on the cauliflower train, welcome aboard. You’ll want to make sure you know what you are doing so that you get things just right. That starts with buying the best you can get.
Look for cauliflower with a creamy white color and no discoloration. It should feel dense compared to other vegetables when you hold it. Don’t buy cauliflower with droopy leaves, as this probably means it is not at its best. When all else fails, just give it a sniff!
Once you have purchased your cauliflower, it is time to store it. A good idea is to transfer the cauliflower to a plastic bag along with a paper towel. This will provide it with better conditions where it won’t rot as quickly and excess moisture will be soaked up instead of festering on the cauliflower. This will result in a better overall product.
When it is time to prep your cauliflower, first split it into quarters. Once you have done that, cut away the small piece of core from each quarter and chop the cauliflower into small florets. You will be shooting for macaroni-sized pieces.
Once you’ve followed these steps, you will be on your way to making an especially delicious meal full of healthy cauliflower!
If you are looking for a healthy new way to enjoy a classic dish, it is time to give cauliflower mac and cheese a shot. It just might be what ends up carrying your low-carb diet!
Carly loves to keep fit, healthy and enjoys passing on any tips and tricks to her readers. She can be found in the kitchen cooking up healthy treats!