Let everyone eat … cauliflower

IMG_8684As much as I’d like to be the perfect mum, I resolved quite quickly that there is no such thing as perfect, especially when you’re trying to do the best that you can as a single parent. Doing the best that you can means choosing your battles and do what you need to do to get your tasks accomplished. This included what we ate.

I love to cook, especially for others, but it’s not always possible when I’m also running the family business [all on my own]. So we resort to, you guessed, fast food and packaged foods. I’ve decided that this is the one thing that I need to do for both myself and my daughter – to make sure we both eat better. I’ve been collecting and reading lots of cookbooks about Slow Cooking, Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw and Juicing.

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I think that change needs to be gradual to make it work. Here’s my journey in finding new [old] dishes for us to like that is a healthier choice.

Today’s dinner: Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower (hidden) courtesy of saltscapes.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500 mL) whole grain macaroni
  • 1  head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 4 tbsp (60 mL) flour
  • 2 cups (500 mL) milk
  • 2 cups (500 mL) grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup (125 mL)
  • whole wheat bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Steam cauliflower until soft, 15-20 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a sauté pan, then add flour, stirring to incorporate. Allow flour to cook until it just begins to bubble and release some butter back into the pan.
  4. Add milk and stir until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat; add cauliflower and purée using a blender or hand mixer.
  6. Return to heat and add cheddar cheese, stirring until melted.
  7. Add cooked and drained macaroni to sauce. Place in a 9×9-inch (23×23-cm) baking dish. Top with bread crumbs and bake at 350ºF (180ºC) for 30 minutes.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Note: I amended the recipe slightly by using Penne Rigate instead of Macaroni, Planko instead of Breadcrumbs and I added Fried Onions