Cauliflower “mac” and cheese is a bit of a mind twist. As a plant-based advocate, I know that cauliflower is one of the good veggies. One cup is only about 25 calories and is fat and cholesterol free. You can get almost 100% of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C from just one serving. And did I mention that it’s a good source of fiber? Also really great in terms of helping us feel satisfied.
If you are looking for cancer fighting antioxidants, you can find them in cauliflower. It’s also high in choline. We need choline to fight liver and heart disease as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s. But what does all of this have to do with cauliflower “mac” and cheese? Well, I felt guilty just diving into the recipe. As you can imagine, pouring the “cheese” all over the healthy cauliflower changes things dramatically.
Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese is Comforting
I am not going to lie to you. When the temperatures drop, this plant-based lover craves the warm and cheesy foods just like everyone else. Thus the need for cauliflower “mac” and cheese. Winter months in my house have us calling the pizza delivery team more often than I’d care to admit. So it did not shock anyone last weekend when I announced that I would be would be making something cheesy.
When I started leaning into plant-based nutrition, I was excited about all of the different ways I could prepare vegetables, fruits and grains. But this recipe was not on my radar. What did it for me was a grilled cauliflower “mac” and cheese sandwich that I had on a visit to Indianpolis. I have not been eating a lot of cheese in the past couple of years but OMG….that sandwich was unforgettable. Shout out to the staff at The Garden Table for such great dishes.
Okay So It’s Not Really “MAC”
I know, the recipe says cauliflower “mac” and cheese. The mac refers to the macaroni noodles that are usually in the dish. But nope. The pasta has been replaced by the cauliflower. This vegetable is full of surprises. It starts out rock hard but after you roast it, you can bite right into it as you would with a bowl of pasta.
This recipe is not remotely vegan friendly. I made the first batch for the family with traditional cheese and made a second batch for me using a vegan cheese. The second batch was not great because the cheese didn’t melt the way I thought it should. I will try it again and happily post my own vegan cauliflower “mac” and cheese recipe soon.
In the meantime, if you aren’t facing any dietary restrictions, try this recipe. Even though it didn’t work out for me, I still included vegan options for you to swap out. Enjoy this yummy and comforting cauliflower “mac” and cheese dish. Hang in there my friends! Spring is just around the corner.