Not sure if I've mentioned it here but I know I've commented on other
blogs about how cauliflower is a vegetable I really want to like but just haven't been
able to. I mean, I'll put some in a soup if I have it in a frozen mixed veggie
medley but otherwise it's not even something I buy anymore. I've tried it
every which way but.... mashed as in fake mashed potatoes. Why?
Because I don't even care for real mashed potatoes and I think it's a
consistency thing. I didn't want to waste cauliflower trying it.
Then a while ago I came across a recipe on Kayln's Kitchen that intrigued
me so I Pinned it. Then I came across a recipe for cauliflower 'rice' and
Pinned that. Then cauliflower went on sale so I bought a head. We
all know last week I was still in my vacation haze and I never got around to
making the cauliflower rice. Last Sunday when I was prepping food I
looked at that cauliflower and knew I had to do something with it before it
went bad so as I had all the ingredients for the recipe I'd seen on Kayln's
Kitchen I decided to go with that. I figured if it was awful, I'd just
never, ever try cauliflower again.
Sunday was Mother's Day and I spent a few hours with my mom and had a
lovely grilled vegetable salad that I'd purchased. When I got home I
wasn't all that hungry but Mr. Helen needed to eat so I grilled a flank steak
I'd been marinating and served it with some ratatouille I'd also made. I
baked off the cauliflower casserole and for my own dinner just had a spoonful
of it and a spoonful of ratatouille. When I dished up the casserole Mr.
Helen asked me what it was and decided to try some.
We sat down and both of us immediately forked the casserole first
and.... HOLY CARP WE LOVED IT! Good googly moogly this is
something that is going into the permanent rotation and I've got all sorts of
variations for it rotating around in my head. I kid
you not when I say I have NEVER seen Mr. Helen voluntarily go back for seconds
on vegetable like this. He says it's the ham. I think it's the
cheese! Sorry there's no picture, which just goes to show you how
much I didn't think we'd like it. But here's the way I did the recipe and
if you don't like cauliflower try it this way. Honestly, I could eat this
with large salad, no other protein necessary.
Au Gratin with Ham
10 cups cauliflower pieces (this was one very large head of cauliflower
2 cups diced
extra lean ham
4 oz. light
cream cheese, softened
2 T grated
non-fat Greek yogurt
shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese (I used Sargento)
Spray a two
quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to
Put cauliflower in a pot, cover with water and cook for 15-20 minutes
until soft. Drain well and return to pot.
Using a potato masher, smash (do not whip or mash
too much) the cauliflower leaving some chunks. Stir in ham pieces.
In a separate bowl, mix together the softened
cream cheese, parmesan cheese, Greek yogurt, scallions, and pepper
together. Pour over cauliflower and ham and mix well then pour into
prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with the grated cheddar.
Bake for 35 minutes until bubbly and the cheese on top has
melted. Let sit for 10 minutes to reabsorb some of the liquids and set up
Makes about 8 servings 3/4 cup
each. 150 calories, 6.3 g. fat, 9.6g carbohydrates, 3.3g fiber, 15.2g
The brown belt? Well I thought since I didn't have a proper photo of the casserole I'd give you a photo of me in my brown belt! I probably should have made a mean face, huh?