CLEAN CAULIFLOWER MAC & CHEESE

CAULIFLOWER-SAUCE-MAC-&-CHEESE-HEALTHY-VEGAN-VEGETARIAN-WHOLEWHEAT-HEALTHY-RECIPES-COMFORT-FOOD-Comfort food cravings? I GOT YOU GIRL! Creamy cheesy sauce, brown carbs, oh yeah, you’ll be just fine(and you won’t undo all your hard work at the gym). Can be made vegan friendly! Continue to recipe

IMG_8335Look at that creamy sauce! Cauliflower is the new food god. Yeah it’s fairly bland as it is, but this sorely underestimated veggie is going to get the treatment it deserves today. The first of my healthy comfort food series, this recipe is pretty damn clean compared to regular mac & cheese but you get that same pleasure of eating something deliciously as rich. It can be made cleaner and even vegan depending on your preferences.

You’ll need:

  • 1 large cauliflower chopped into florettes or two small ones (enough to 3/4 fill a medium pot)
  • pasta of choice, I’m using wholewheat fusilli
  • broccoli
  • handful of low fat cheddar cheese(3/4 mug), or nutritional yeast if vegan
  • tablespoon of parmesan if you feeling generous
  • 1/2 can of low fat coconut milk
  • salt & pepper
  • veggies & meat of choice, I just used tenderstem broccoli.

1. For smoothest creamiest results using a blender or smoothie/juice maker(might have to do two rounds in a smoothie maker)

2. First, add cauliflower to the pot on a high heat and add BOILING water. Cook until very soft but not soggy, about 12 minutes (poke with a fork).

3. In another pot boil your pasta.

3. When cooked, add cauliflower straight to blender with half the can of coconut milk and a handful of mature cheddar(sounds like a lot but bare in mind it makes 4 servings so your not actually eating a lot), and a dash of finely grated ground parmesan if you want an extra cheesy kick. Also add generous black pepper and a little salt to taste. Now blend until super creamy 1-3 minutes depending on blender. Add a little water if necessary to make it a little less thicker then you want it, the baking process will dry it out a bit.

4. After you’ve made your delicious thick creamy sauce, combine with all your other ingredients. I put my broccoli in raw as to not over cook it.

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5. If your feeling a bit sad and you need more cheese, sprinkle some more cheddar sparingly on top & pop in a dish and over bake on 200 for 10-12 minutes until the top looks nicely baked.

Thats it! deliciously rich cauliflower sauce mac & cheese that you won’t feel to guilty about. For me the key to weightloss is essentially these ‘comfort food’ recipes that I can have a few times a week to squash cravings and their especially handy on my meat free days. Yes it has cheese, but a lot less than normal and can always be replaced by nutritional yeast or any other flavour you like! Thats the beauty about the cauliflower sauce, you can play with thickness and flavours. This is certainly not my prettiest attempt but I wanted to share the recipe asap! Give it a go and hashtag #TMfood so I can see them!

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