Wow, this is my 100th post! I’ve certainly learned a lot since publishing my first recipe, Green Curry Tofu, on November 25, 2013. I had never even been on a blog before starting Goodmotherdiet, so it has been quite a learning curve. I got a domaine name on WordPress and suddenly, I was a blogger! Every new techie thing I have learned, has been a major victory, like successfully uploading photos and then figuring out how to make them larger than a thumbnail; or adding links that work and making my recipes printable. I’m even writing code! What? Six months ago I didn’t even know what that was! My thought processes and food choices have also evolved. It’s been over a year since I’ve eaten meat, other than the occasional free range chicken, and I feel good about the evolution, but I promised myself not to make any permanent changes, or edits to my About Page, until GMD turns one in November. There will definitely be some edits since I now have a different and stronger perspective than when I started. It’s interesting how just a simple change in diet can also change your way of thinking. Anyway, thanks for joining me on this journey. I hope you’re enjoying the ride… You can follow me via email by clicking the Follow Me button or you can Like the Goodmotherdiet Facebook Page, both top left of the screen.
Deciding what to feature for my 100th post which happens to fall on a Wheatless Wednesday, was a challenge until I came across a recipe for Cauliflower ‘Mac’ and Cheese on Tabitha’s Gluten Free Dishes, which is a great blog that I follow. What is more iconic or American than Macaroni and Cheese? Nothing is quite so comforting as a big bowl of yummy, creamy cheesiness! How about a Mac and Cheese that has no actual pasta but still satisfies that craving? Many versions of Cauliflower Mac and Cheese are available including those by Dr Oz and Rachel Ray. Most recipes include heavy cream and cream cheese. I have opted to make a ‘skinny’ version using non-fat milk and yogurt instead of heavy cream. Cauliflower is a good stand in for pasta and many other things as it is extremely versatile and good at absorbing flavors while adding a variety of good nutrients and fiber but little fat and no cholesterol. I have already posted recipes for Cauliflower Crust Pizza and Cauliflower Buffalo ‘Wings’ and Cauliflower Puree instead of mashed potatoes, all with great success. So here goes…
TIP: You can use any kind of cheese that you like but a sharp cheddar gives you more bang for your buck than mild, in that it’s stronger flavor allows you to use less cheese (hense fewer calories and fat). Another way to cut fat and calories is to use 2 cups non-fat milk and increase the butter and flour to 3 Tablespoons each, or 1 1/2 cups low or non fat milk and 1/2 cup full fat milk or cream. If you like extra creamy, you can use all heavy cream and even add 2 tablespoons of cream cheese. To make this vegan, use coconut oil, almond milk and vegan cheese. I used 1 1/2 cups non-fat milk and 1/2 cup non-fat yogurt with good results. Several recipes I looked at called for adding cayenne pepper, onion powder, sautéed onions or fresh scallions before cooking, so think about those as options.
1 head cauliflower
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
2 cups mild or sharp cheddar (gruyere, Swiss or your favorite melty cheese)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan (optional)
2 Tbsn butter
2 Tbsn flour (rice, oat or quinoa flour work well in lieu of wheat flour)
1 1/2 cups non or low fat milk (see Tip above for other options)
1/2 cup yogurt
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 head cauliflower