cauliflower mac and cheese

cauliflower mac and cheese

Cauliflower mac and cheese is the perfect way to add vegetables into a really delicious dish!

I’ve really fudged up this time! It’s been nearly a month since my last post and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t done any real cooking in about 2 weeks.

I’m sure most of you have made some monumental New Year’s resolutions this year…lose weight, save money, etc. I’m right there with you. However, I’ve already been slacking on one of my biggest goals for 2013, which is to help at least 100 people get healthy and lose weight through my blog. Well, that’s about to change!

If you’re one of my readers who is looking for workouts, healthy recipes, and nutrition strategies you’ve come to the right place!

I am promising, right here and now, to be more diligent with my recipe posts, to post some great workouts you can do in your own home, and to finally launch my Curvy Chick Nutrition Program that I’ve been working on for almost a year! Those are some big promises to make, but sharing my goals with you is my way of staying accountable.

I can’t promise to post a new recipe everyday, but I can promise myself to spend at least 30minutes writing every single day! It may not seem like a lot, but setting a specific goal will help me build momentum and get some awesome material out to you on a consistent basis!

Weight loss tip alert: Breaking any goal down into small, simple action steps is a great trick that really helps you stick to your guns and get real results.

For example, This is a great trick for you to use and it’s one of my favorite weight loss strategies discussed in the afore mentioned Nutrition Program.  Whether you are trying to lose weight or learn a new language, one of the best things you can do is break the task down into simple actions.

For example, if your goal is to eat healthier, choose 1 habit to focus on at a time. Pick something that you can easily track…instead of saying “I will eat healthy during the week” promise yourself, ” I will eat a salad for lunch everyday.” See the difference? The latter goal is trackable and specific. At the end of the day, eating healthy is very subjective and can mean different things to different people. However, something specific like drinking 10 glasses of water or having a piece of fruit for dessert can easily be tracked and will keep you on track!

If one of your goals is to eat more veggies or cut down on carbs, you HAVE to try this recipe! You’re essentially replacing half of the grains with cauliflower so it not only cuts down on carbs and calories but it tastes amazing too! Cauliflower is a super cheap veggie and roasting the florets brings out their natural delicious nuttiness!

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cauliflower mac and cheese

Healthier take on the classic favorite.

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  • Yield: 5
  • Category: 10 ingredients or less, easy dinners
  • Cuisine: american

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 heads of cauliflower (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • 1/2 package brown rice pasta (8oz)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup chicken broth
  • 1 Cup (8 oz) cheddar cheese- or any cheese you like (grated)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the chopped cauliflower on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. Roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until the cauliflower is golden brown.
  2. While the cauliflower is getting golden brown and delicious, boil a big pot of water and cook the pasta according to package instructions but cook for 1 minute less than the shortest cook time.
  3. In the meantime, heat a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter and add the flour, stirring until you get a nice paste and the paste turns lighlty golden brown.
  4. While stirring the flour and butter with a whisk, slowly add the milk (heat the milk in the microwave for about 40 sec before you add it to the pot). Add the chicken stock and cook over medium heat until the sauce comes to a bubble and starts to thicken.
  5. Once the sauce is thickened, add the grated cheese and stir until it is completely melted (reserve some of the cheese for the top). Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Combine the cheese sauce, the pasta, and the cauliflower in an oven proof dish (grease the dish with butter or olive oil before you add the pasta) top with the reserved cheese and bake in the oven for about 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

 

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