Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
This Loaded Cauliflower Casserole recipe is a delicious and unique side dish- whether you are looking for a keto or low carb option, or just want to add variety to your vegetable cooking. This recipe is a favorite for those trying to lower their carb intake because potatoes and all other high-carb foods are eliminated, but the fiber in cauliflower makes this a great substitute for starchier vegetables.
Best Recipe For Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
Would you believe that even someone who hates cauliflower, like my husband, can be persuaded by vegetable and cheese “faux-tato” casserole? Most people don’t think they enjoy cauliflower because it doesn’t have much of a taste. It turns out that the lack of flavor is in fact what makes cauliflower so good in dishes like this one.
Can You Freeze Loaded Cauliflower Casserole?
Absolutely, leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months! This makes it a perfect recipe to make ahead of time. Just remember to seal it in an airtight container. In addition, you can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
What Do I Serve With Loaded Cauliflower Casserole?
There are a number of cuisines that can be served with this dish. For example, the Mexican-inspired dishes have beans and cheese which would go well with this recipe. The Italian option offers hearty pasta or rice dishes for pairing it with. If you’re looking to stick close to home, try serving up some ham and applesauce on the side! I would also recommend:
- Maple-Balsamic Pork Chops
- Roasted Artichoke and Mozzarella Salad
- Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta
- Roasted Maple-Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
- Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken
- Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers
- Chicken Thighs with Bacon Ranch Cream Sauce
- Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetables
- Broccoli Salad
What Changes Make This Recipe WW Friendly?
When you think of a loaded baked potato, the usual suspects of sour cream, cheese and bacon come to mind. To lighten up this recipe to be more WW friendly, make little swaps to cut back on fat content but still keep the flavor. For example, using turkey bacon in place of fatty pork bacon and skim milk for the heavy cream. Also changing to fat-free cheeses can make a big difference in your points!
Is Cauliflower Low Carb and Keto Friendly?
Yes, cauliflower is keto friendly! How many carbs are in cauliflower? Cauliflower is a nutrient-dense vegetable and acts like a pseudo potato in providing a similar texture. One cup has about 1.5 carbs; it’s also high in protein, antioxidants, and fiber. To avoid an upset stomach when eating cauliflower for the first time as well as to maximize its health benefits–drink plenty of water with it!
Is This Recipe Keto Friendly?
This recipe has been lightened up for those following WW with fat free and low fat ingredients. If you are looking to make this recipe keto friendly, use heavy cream and full fat cheeses with regular pork bacon instead of turkey bacon.
Can I Use Colored Cauliflower in this Recipe?
Yes! The best part is that colored cauliflower can be FUN especially for kids who are picky eaters! It is possible to buy cauliflower in many different colors, each with a slightly different nutritional profile. White cauliflower does not have any more or less benefits than Romanesco and various other variations such as brown, green, orange, purple and yellow. However, orange and purple heads of cauliflower may contain a higher concentration of antioxidant vitamins also have more vitamin A than a head of white cauliflower..
Can I Steam Cauliflower in the Microwave?
Yes, you can! It is a quick and easy cooking method that won't leave your house smelling like cooked cauliflower. When microwaving the whole head at once, be sure to use a paper towel as extra insulation on top of it to help reduce some of the moisture in the microwave. Cover the bowl with a microwave safe plate and then microwave on high for 3-6 minutes.
What Can I Substitute for Mozzarella?
This depends on WHY you are want to substitute mozzarella. If it's because you need vegan, dairy-free or lactose-free, then something like Kite Hill's alternative ricotta would be great for you. If it's simply a matter of personal preference or availability, go for white cheddar, provolone, parmesan or even feta. If you're following WW, make sure to grab the fat-free cheese option!
*Points were accurate at the time of posting, but nutrition can vary from brand to brand.
Consult your app to ensure accuracy for yourself.*
- 4 cups cauliflower florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces (about a 2 pound head)
- 6 oz. fat free cream cheese, cut into chunks
- ¼ cup Skim Milk
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried dill
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1½ cups Fat Free Mozzarella
- 4 strips Turkey bacon, cooked and diced
- 1 Tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
- Place top oven rack in the center position and preheat oven to 400°F.
- Place the cauliflower in a steamer basket on top of a pot with boiling water and steam until fork-tender, around 6-7 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer cauliflower into a cold water bath to prevent further cooking. Drain well and pat dry.
- Transfer steamed cauliflower to a large bowl and add cream cheese, heavy cream, butter, garlic powder, and dried dill. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to combine.
- Transfer to oven-safe casserole dish and top with shredded cheese blend and crumbled bacon. Place in pre-heated oven and roast until cheese is melted and nicely browned on top, around 8-10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately topped with fresh chives. Enjoy!
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 340Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 17gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 89mgSodium 378mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 13g
*This is an automatic calculation by a third party app*
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