Cauliflower is one of those things which seems to feature a LOT in keto recipes; it’s fairly neutral in flavour and is often used as a low-carb dupe for rice, potato and other stuff. However, there’s only so much cauliflower you can eat before becoming really, really bored of it, so I thought I’d try to make it a bit more flavoursome and interesting. I’ve been craving cauliflower cheese lately but couldn’t think past the fact that a white sauce is usually based on a roux, which is obviously made of flour, and none of the flour substitutes we use (like ground almonds) seemed like they would work.
However, after a bit of a brain-wave yesterday, I decided to go a completely different way about it. The result was cheesy, garlicy and unctuous all in the right measures and Husband even commented that is was the nicest cauliflower cheese he’s ever eaten – HIGH PRAISE! Here’s how you make it:
A flourless caulflower cheese, perfect for a low carb, high fat diet.
A head of cauliflower
200ml double cream
100g cream cheese
250g mature cheddar cheese
2 tsps garlic powder
20g grated parmesan
Cut the cauliflower into florets and par-boil for 10-15 minutes, until it just starts to go soft (there is nothing worse then HARD cauliflower in cauli cheese, if you ask me!)
In a separate bowl, place the double cream, cream cheese, 200g of the cheddar (keeping some back for sprinking on top before baking) and garlic powder and microwave on high for 1 minute, or until melted together. Stir to combine fully.
Drain the cauliflower and allow to cool for a minute (this will allow more moisture to evaporate away and stop you from ending up with a watery sauce at the end)
Place the cauliflower in an even layer in a 9"x9" Pyrex dish and pour the cheese mixture over evenly
Sprinkle the remaining cheddar and the parmesan over the top
Bake at 180° for 25 minutes and the finish under a hot grill for a minute or two to get a really browned-off finish
Be aware before you eat this; it’s pretty high calorie thanks to the cream and all of the cheese, but it’s well worth it and fits a keto diet pretty perfectly. We ate ours with slow cooked lamb and veg, but this would also be amazing with pork chops. Obviously if you wanted it to be lower calorie, you could eat a smaller portion but it’s very moreish so that’s easier said than done!
Let me know if you give this a go – it’s definitely going to be a regular side-dish to our meals.
Something I’ve found since I started eating keto is that I seem to do better with a “little and often” approach, rather than trying to plan three main meals a day. Combine this with the fact that I often get hungry in the evenings AND I crave snacky, crunchy food, I’m often on an “AVOID CRISPS/TOAST/CHIPS!” wavelength when finding something to eat.
Sometimes, though, the simplest snacks are the tastiest and getting creative with what’s in the fridge can really help. Last night, I was having a major Jones for something salty and crunchy and as much as a 25g portion of peanuts is nice, the carb levels are too high to properly indulge.
This snack satisfies the need for something salty, spicy, flavourful and with a definite CRUNCH which makes it absolutely perfect for me and it couldn’t be simpler to make:
I can’t even tell you how tasty these were so I’m hoping the photo does a good job of showing you! They’re 45 calories PER crisps, so really not a low calorie snack (especially as they’re so moreish and one definitely won’t be enough) but at less than half a gram of carbs per crisp, they’re pretty much the perfect keto snack! My husband commented that they’d also be good dipped in salsa but I have no idea how carby salsa would be so don’t take my word for it!
Let me know if you try these or come up with any variations of what to top them with.