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cauliflower mac and cheese

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Now, the idea of cauliflower mac and cheese might not sound good to you ole die hards.  But, what does one do when you can’t have pasta on keto but  you still crave Mac and Cheese?  Actually, you give this recipe a try!  Yet its cheesy sauce and pork rind topping is so rich in flavor,  you’d be hard pressed to believe it has cauliflower in it.  In short, this is a sure fire way to get the kiddos to eat some veggies!

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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Andie Cumber
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Keto, Side Dish,

Ingredients

Scale

16 ozs cauliflower florets or 1 head of cauliflower
¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 ozs low fat cream cheese
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
⅓ cup monterey jack cheese
½ tsp ground mustard (can use ground mustard powder)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground pepper
½ tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 ½ tsp of dried parsley flakes

Topping ingredients
¼ cup pork rind panko crumbs
¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp melted butter
* 4 slices crispy cooked bacon
* fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F degrees
  • Fill a large saucepan with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil
  • Place cauliflower in boiling water, cook for 8-9 minutes until tender but crisp
  • Drain cauliflower in colander, set aside
  • Butter a 9 x 13 baking pan; set to the side
  • Pour almond milk in the same sauce pan on medium heat
  • Add cream cheese, whisk until completely melted
  • Stir in dried parsley, garlic powder, chili powder, ground mustard, salt and pepper
  • Whisk in the cheddar and monterey jack cheese until melted
  • Fold in the cauliflower to the cheese mixture and toss gently with a large spoon until completely coated
  • Transfer all the cauliflower cheese mixture to the 9×13 baking pan

 

Topping Directions

  • In a small bowl combine pork rind crumbs, parmesan cheese and melted butter; stir until combined thoroughly
  • Sprinkle pork rind mixture evenly over the top of cauliflower
  • Bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes or until bubbly hot and golden brown
  • While the dish is cooking crumble the bacon and finely chop fresh parsley
  • Remove cauliflower mac & cheese from the oven garnish with parsley and bacon crumble

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 242.7
  • Sugar: 2.4g
  • Sodium: 757.2 mg
  • Fat: 19.0g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.9g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.2g Net
  • Fiber: 3.0g
  • Protein: 12.4g
  • Cholesterol: 54.5mg

Keywords: Keto, cauliflower, cauliflower mac and cheese