Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

20171015_125314Happy Wednesday y’all! Sorry it’s been so long since I posted, been super busy baking it up and trying to expand my market, developing new recipes. I do a stock pile of recipes to share with you all, though.  Today, though, I had to start with this one for Loaded Cauliflower Casserole.

I prepped this on a Saturday, it was super easy, and then just baked in on a Sunday afternoon for the Lions game (my husband is from Michigan, meaning they are die-hard Lions fans). It was so simple, yet so good.

My husband may have even tricked my sister-in-law into eating it. She may be a slightly picky eater, so he told her after eating it, that it was cauliflower and not potatoes. And she did say it was good, so I would consider that a win!

I added chicken for some added protein and so I could make just one single dish. I love one skillet or one dish meals. It makes cleaning up a lot nicer too.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese
  • 2 chicken breast
  • sea salt and pepper
  • Italian seasoning
  • 6 slices bacon
  • one bundle green onion
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

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Gouda Mashed Cauliflower

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I think I’ve been using cauliflower as a potato substitute for almost a decade now. And I have mashed everything. One day I tried: rutabaga, parsnips, turnips and celery root. I’ve also mashed sweet potatoes several times, but even though I like color, the bright orange is not appealing to me as side. And the rutabagas and such were tasty, but the cauliflower is hands-down the best.

One year for Thanksgiving I made them, and my uncles ate them, thinking they were potatoes. They loved them and requested them for the next year.

I usually like to whip them up with either butter or cream cheese or sour cream. They give them a lovely texture.

But I saw a mash with Gouda and I had to give it a try. I love some Gouda and it was so easy. AND it was a perfect side dish for yesterday’s Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken.

I’ll have more to come with cauliflower mash Thursday, as well. I used them in a loaded casserole. It was so good, my husband went for thirds. And between him, me, and my sister-in-law, Mary, we crushed the whole thing.

Smoked Gouda Mashed Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 sliced sliced Gouda cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter or ghee
  • Garnish: crumbled bacon

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Cabbage Rolls with Mashed Cauliflower

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Living in two places makes eating challenging sometimes. Truth. When we do go home on the weekends, I feel like I am preparing to come back to Champaign. I want to see everyone. Do everything. Sometimes I prep meals. Sometimes I don’t (here lately it has been more on the don’t side).

A reminder that we are living in a frat house. So  Monday through Friday we work in Champaign, staying in the space provided by Zach’s job. Lacking my own kitchen space, I feel bad using the houses. Therefore, I try to prep food on Saturday or Sunday to take with and heat up, like this delicious meal I am about to share. But like I said, sometimes I am good, other times I am not.

This meal above, however is by-far my favorite thing I have made to bring yet. It was incredibly easy to make. AND it made a ton. I had enough to eat some every day. It tasted freaking delicious. The only downfall, may be, that it smelled a little bit when heated (blame the cauliflower). It also reminds me of my childhood and the pigs my grandma used to make on New Years morning. Waking up in a house full of cousins. Snow outside. Pleading to go sledding or thinking we were going to ice skate. Lots of loud talking and personality. And the beautiful people who are a key part of my upbringing and self. Plus, cabbage is also one of my favorite foods. I used to eat it almost everyday!

Cabbage Rolls with Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp sour cream (or yogurt)
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp melted ghee
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasonings
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk

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Super Bowl Recipe Round-Up

It’s Friday, the Super Bowl is Sunday, here are some recipes. Short simple and absolutely delicious!

Buffalo Chicken Party Pizza Poppers

  • 1 1/2 cup cauliflower rice
  • 3/4 cup cheese
  • 3 egg whites
  • Shredded chicken
  • Cream Cheese
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • 1/4 cup ghee

How to make the Crust: Mix the orange ingredients, season with Italian seasoning. Spoon into muffin tins and press down. Bake at 450 until slightly browned.  For the topping melt cream cheese and ghee in a saucepan. Stir in hot sauce and shredded chicken. Add the topping and bake another 8-10 minutes. Let cool and serve!

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Sweet Potato Bacon Bites

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Mashed Cauliflower

010I haven’t eaten a regular in potato in……years. I have typically replaced it with cauliflower. Although I’ve tried other: celery root, rutabaga, parsnip, turnips, and sweet potatoes. I always go back to mashed cauliflower, it is simply the best. While playing with goat cheese recently, I thought to myself: why not replace the tablespoon of sour cream and cream cheese with goat cheese. Hmm….. I can dig this inspiration. And true to form, I went with my intuition and used the goat cheese and I was not disappointed. And now it is yours to have and hold as well!

Mashed Cauliflower

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp goat cheese
  • 2 tbsp sauteed garlic
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin first-pressed olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper

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Breadsticks

016If you have pizza, you need breadsticks right? The other day I posted some yummy pizza rolls. To take it above and beyond, I used the cauliflower pizza crust recipe to make some breadsticks. They are so simple, just don’t add the topping, brush with some Kerry Gold butter, coconut oil, or olive with some garlic salt. You may shave a little grass-fed cheese on the top. Delish!

Breadsticks

Dairy-Free Cauliflower Pizza

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Cauliflower Pizza crust has been my go-to option pizza option over the years, but this weekend I decided I wanted to cut out the cheese. Thus, this delicious pizza pie was created. So good. For an hour afterward, Tab and I reflected in awe about how good it was. We would be silent or watching a movie and randomly blurt out: man that pizza was the shit. It was our first dinner together since I’ve been crashing there. My take is that if this is the first thing we made, think of the potential of great dishes we can make. Wow, wow, wow this was divine, any cheese would have taken away from the great flavor.

Paulin Paleo Pizza