I’m total a sucker for anything involving a cheesy sauce. And while pasta may be an ideal receptacle, sometimes you have to cut back on your carb intake. What’s a girl to do when she’s already eaten her weight in wheat this week? Turn to the next best thing: cauliflower.
Cauliflower is a great vegetable because its starchiness mimics carb-y foods that we love but shouldn’t eat so much of: namely, pasta and potatoes. In fact, I’d argue that you can substitute cauliflower in 75% of pasta and potato dishes. Have you ever tried buttered mashed cauliflower? Cauliflower with pesto sauce? Or baked, cheesy cauliflower casserole? Turns out cauliflower is an ideal delivery device for all sorts of comforting ingredients, like butter, meat sauce, and of course, cheese.
This dish is lovely for many reasons, including its cream and cheese content, but what I love most about this recipe is that it provides a huge helping of comforting richness while still getting in a mega-serving of vegetables. You could just as easily make this dish with macaroni, but cauliflower allows you to skip the pesky food-coma that sets in after indulging. Then there’s the toasty, crunchy topping, which I adore on a cold winter night; it really makes the dish, so don’t skip bread crumbs. In fact, trying using your own homemade breadcrumbs for an even homier effect.
Southern breaded cauliflower is cheesy and creamy, with a few spices added to make things interesting. If you like, you can leave out the nutmeg and cumin, but they really do take the dish from standard to sensational. You could even add a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon if you like to amp up the sweetness, or a few pinches of cayenne to up the spice.
Tell me in the comments: What are your favorite ways to cut back on carbs but still enjoy the foods you love most? Do you have a favorite tip on how to make your favorite comfort foods healthier? Let me know in the comments!