*Cauliflower Remix Recipes provided by guest blogger, Chervyn Lee
Cherv’s Cauliflower and Mushroom Casserole
Hey guys! So to tell you the truth; I am the farthest thing from a vegetarian but I love veggies! My boyfriend, not so much… So we’ve been trying to implement “one complete vegetarian meal a week” policy. Don’t get me wrong, we’ll do a lot of veggie sides, but I’m still slowly easing him into a bigger variety of vegetables (and yes, I know vegetarians eat more than just veggies!).
One of my favorite vegetables to play around with is cauliflower. It’s so versatile in what you use it to make, but also can be used in quick recipes when you’re in a rush. This recipe is easy and the ingredients aren’t out of the ordinary. These are things that you’ll find laying in your pantry that you use for other meals, which makes it especially appealing to me. I find it particularly filling, and it’s not bad for you, I promise!
3 cups raw cauliflower (You can just buy florets only if you want)
5 mushrooms caps, chopped
1 cup milk (I used whole milk, which makes the cheese sauce a bit creamier than 2%)
½ cup of mozzarella
1 tbsp of onion powder
1 tbsp of garlic powder
2 tbsp of French’s French Fried Onion
After washing the cauliflower, place the cauliflower in a pot and add about an inch of water. Bring it to a boil, cover and reduce heat to medium. Leave it in for 5 minutes.
Unless your oven is the devil and takes a long time to heat up, this would be the time to preheat it at 350˚F.
While the cauliflower is being boiled, wash and chop the 5 mushrooms caps into whatever size pieces you’d prefer.
Mix together the milk and egg, then add in the onion powder, garlic powder, mushrooms followed by the mozzarella.
When the cauliflower is done, place it in a round pan (I used an old aluminum pan that’s about 7 inches in diameter) and pour the milk and cheese mixture over it.
Lastly, top it with the 2 tbsps of French’s French Fried Onion on top and it’s ready to go in the oven. I originally had mine in the oven for 20 minutes but when I took it out, it was still a Saucy Bitch so I put it back in for another 5-10 minutes. My recommendation would be to place the dish in the oven for about 25 minutes and then check it. If it’s still a bit runny, put it back in for another five minutes until you get the consistency you want.
And voila! The nutritional information! *Btw, if you are nervous about the cholesterol information, you can always forgo the egg and use more cheese. (I prefer the egg as it solidifies it a bit more.)
*this recipe makes two servings, OR serves one and enough leftovers for one serving of the REMIX version (below).
Part Deux! The Remix!
Cauliflower and Pepper Cheese Spread
½ cup “Cherv’s Cauliflower and Mushroom Casserole”
1 tbsp olive oil
½ bell pepper, chopped (I used half yellow, half orange. But you can change it up!)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 slices of bread (Or lettuce if you’re feeling carb conscious. 1 large leaf of lettuce only contains .6 grams of carbohydrates)
Preheat the oven to 350˚ (You can omit this step if you’re using lettuce as a base)
In a skillet, heat up 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat. When ready, add the bell pepper in and sauté for about three minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for another minute.
When the peppers and garlic have a nice gold tone to it, add in the ½ cup of the leftover Cauliflower and Mushroom Casserole. After a minute, start breaking apart the cauliflower with your spatula. The cheese from the previous recipe will help all the ingredients start mushing together to get you a cheese spread consistency.
This will take about two to three minutes. Remove from stove and apply the cheese spread to the bread. At this point, place the sandwich in the oven for 3-5 minutes on a greased pan, flipping once. Take the sandwich out, cut them into little bit size pieces, and you’re all set for a nice grilled cheese remix.
Note: If you are using lettuce, leave the spread in the pan for an additional 3-5 minutes.
** I only ate half of the sandwich and was totally full. However, I really hate it when recipes only allot for one piece of bread or half a sandwich!