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CAULIFLOWER MAC AND CHEESE

This is one recipe that will have nothing but clean plates for the dishwasher. Even cauliflower “hating” kids have been known to clean the plate and ask for more. It is creamy, cheesy and better than a potato bake or “mac and cheese.” Bonus points because it is an easy bake too.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 384kcal
Author: Megan Ellam

Ingredients

  • 400 g cauliflower cut into florets
  • 100 g cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream 125g
  • 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing 125g click for recipe
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 50g
  • 4 slices streaky bacon roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives finely sliced

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 180 ̊C.
  • Pan fry bacon until crispy. Reserve.
  • Steam cauliflower for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, place into microwave-safe dish and add a couple of tablespoons of water. Cover and cook on high for 10-15 minutes, or until just tender.
  • Combine cream cheese, cream, ranch dressing, jalapeños, and half the cheese. Stir through cauliflower, add half the bacon, and half the chives.
  • Transfer to a small baking dish. Top with remaining bacon and cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes or until cheese is lightly golden. Serve with a sprinkle of chives.

THERMAL METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 180 ̊C.
  • Pan fry bacon until crispy. Reserve.
  • Pour 600g of water into mixing bowl and insert the steaming basket. Place cauliflower florets into basket. Steam 15 min/Varoma/speed 2. Set aside to cool slightly. Discard water.
  • Place the cream cheese, cream, ranch dressing and jalapeños into mixing bowl. Heat 2 min/60 ̊C/ speed 2.
  • Stir through half the cheese, half the bacon and half the chives. Follow from Step 4 in conventional method.

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Notes

STORAGE
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge. Alternatively store in an airtight bag or container in the freezer for up to 2 months.
VARIATIONS
Add extra vegetables if preferred. Some sautéed mushrooms would be an amazing addition.
Cooked chicken and/or prawns also can be added for a more hearty meal.
SERVINGS
This recipe is based on 4 servings as a side or for 2 servings as a meal in itself. This recipe can easily be made in larger quantities for entertaining.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 439mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1065IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 1mg | Magnesium: 26mg | Net Carbs: 5g