Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese

Main Dishes | July 8, 2014 | By

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Mac and Cheese is definitely one of my childhood favorites. This rendition is a healthier adult-friendly version, made with cauliflower instead of macaroni. (Note that it’s still not 100% healthy since it’s super cheesy!). It was so good that I don’t see any reason going back to regular mac and cheese when you get get some vegetable nutrients into this meal instead of gluentous, starchy carbohydrates. Because cauliflower is so light compared with pasta, you get all the cheesy goodness of mac and cheese but don’t feel as heavy afterwards; win-win situation in my book. Cauliflower is also in season right now, and I can’t wait to try this recipe with one of the bright purple cauliflowers I have been seeing at the farmes market lately…although the colors might look a little strange together.

Bon Appétit!

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Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese

1 Head of Cauliflower, rinsed and cut into florets

2 Tbsp Butter

3 Tbsp All-purpose Flour

2 Cups Non-fat Milk

2 Cups Cheddar Cheese, Grated

2 Eggs Yolks

1 Cups Fresh Breadcrumbs (try these Homemade Croutons crushed!)

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 Deg F. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add salt. Boil cauliflower florets for 5-7 minutes, or until slightly tender. Drain the cauliflower, but keep 3/4 Cup of the boiled water and set aside.

Melt the butter in the same pot, and whisk in flour until smoothly combined, about one minute. Add milk and reserved cooking liquid, and continue to stir until the mixture thickens, around 7-10 minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and stir in cheese and egg yolks, until fully combined. Fold in cauliflower florets.

Transfer mixture to an oven-safe dish, spreading the cauliflower mixture evenly in the dish. Sprinkles bread crumbs on the top of the mixture. Bake for around 30 minutes, or until golden brown on the top.

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