Low-Carb Cauliflower ‘Mac’ and Cheese

A healthy alternative to mac and cheese, made with steamed cauliflower and tastes 100x better without all the added carbs!Low-Carb Cauliflower 'Mac' and CheeseJust when you thought mac and cheese could not get any better it suddenly does! If this is your first time eating or even hearing about cauliflower mac and cheese, than bear with me and prepare to be amazed. Cauliflower mac and cheese is the perfect way to introduce this amazing veggie to your children in a clever way. It’s also great for people who are on a low-carb diet or simply trying to eat healthier.

This mac and cheese does NOT include any pasta at all. Yup. I said it. It’s made completely with cauliflower. The cauliflower is steamed in the microwave until almost soft and tender and resembles the texture of al-dente pasta. It works great in mac and cheese because the texture is so similar to macaroni.

But that’s not even the best part. The real magic happens in the cheese sauce. I like to brown onions or shallots and garlic when making mac and cheese to add an extra layer of flavor. I also use 3 types of cheeses. I personally like to combination of cheddar, parmesan, and mozzarella or italian cheese but you can totally mix things up.

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My favorite cheese to use when specifically making mac and cheese is Crystal Farms Cheese because it melts beautiful and makes the perfect gooey cheese sauce.crystal-farms-cheese

Crystal Farms® brand is one of the largest cheese brands in the country. Lake Mills, Wisconsin has been home to Crystal Farms for the past 25 years and the hard-working, honest people of Lake Mills are devoted to delivering consistent quality and great tasting products for what they love – cheese!!

For this cauliflower mac and cheese I used Crystal Farms cheddar, 6 cheese italian, and parmesan. You can use the cheese blocks or the shredded version.Low-Carb Cauliflower 'Mac' and Cheese

Low-Carb Cauliflower 'Mac' and Cheese

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Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup milk (plus more as needed)
  • 1 Cup Crystal Farms® Sharp Cheddar, shredded
  • 1 Cup Crystal Farms® Mozzarella or Italian blend, shredded
  • ¼ Cup Crystal Farms® Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces Crystal Farms® Cream Cheese (sour-cream can also be used)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Cut cauliflower into small florets and place in a large microwave safe bowl Cover with plastic wrap and steam for 8-10 minutes or until cauliflower in tender. You can also boil the cauliflower in water on the stove top for 5 minutes.

  2. While the cauliflower is steaming, Heat a large pan or pot to medium high heat. Add the olive oil, butter, and onions. Cook onions for 3-5 minutes or until they begin to brown. Add the garlic and cook for just 30 seconds. Add the milk and cheeses. Stir mixture until the cheese is fully melted and the texture is smooth.

  3. Pour in the steamed cauliflower and mix until fully combined. Boil for 3-5 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft and tender or to your preference.

Notes

To cut down on calories, substitute cream cheese with low-fat sour-cream. Use Low-fat cheeses.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Crystal Farms Cheese. The opinions and text are all mine.

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