November 9, 2012

Loaded Twice-Baked Cauliflower


I am always on a quest to come up with different vegetable side dishes.  Especially lately, since the scale keeps showing me a number that I am not happy with!  Low carb meals (not Atkins diet, just low carb) have always worked best for me when trying to loose weight and/or just maintaining weight loss.  Since I've fallen off the low-carb wagon the last few months, it recently occurred to me that I need to get back to it before things get too out of control!

Here is a side dish that is so delicious you won't even miss those carbs you would normally get from eating a loaded twice-baked potato.  I swear this tastes just as good, although it's not necessarily low-calorie.  However, it will totally satisfy those carb cravings.  And hey, you need to indulge once in a while, even if you are trying to loose weight.  Give this one a try - I guarantee you and your family will love it!

Loaded Twice-Baked Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup green onions (including white parts), chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
6 slices bacon, cooked until crisp then chopped

Preheat oven to 350 and spray a baking dish with cooking spray (about an 8x8 size pan, but really it depends on how big the head of cauliflower).  Cut the stem off the head of cauliflower, separate sections, and cut into medium size pieces.  Place in a steamer type pan, and cook until tender.  Transfer to a large bowl and mash up the cauliflower with a potato masher.

Add the butter, salt, pepper, sour cream, green onions, 3/4 of the chopped bacon and Parmesan cheese and stir to combine.  Place into baking dish, top with cheddar cheese then remaining chopped bacon.  Place in oven and cook for about 30 minutes or until it's bubbling. 

12 comments:

  1. I am on a no carb diet and this sounds amazing. So making this this week! Thanks so much

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    1. Hope you love it as much as we do & thanks for visiting!

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  2. Fixed this tonight! It was easy and delicious, thank you

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    1. Yay, thanks for commenting & so glad you liked it :)

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  3. Do you have nutritional info for this delicious recipe?

    dstinton

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  4. I just ran the numbers through my program really quick so they will not be exact the total recipe has 1,586 calories 110.5 fat grams 62.9 grams carbs fiber is 22.3 a very good indulgent dish. Thank you for sharing it.

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  5. Do you have an estimate for how many servings?

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  6. I believe it serves 6-8 if my memory serves me right (I haven't made it since this post). Good luck & thanks for visiting!

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  7. Since I am invariably The Designated Cook at every family gathering and am now on a medically-mandated, SEVERELY carb-restricted eating regimen, I sprung this on the whole clan for Easter. Thank goodness I had the foresight to do a full-dress-and-tech two days before! It really doesn't matter what method you use to cook the cauli, but you MUST MUST MUST return the cooked and mashed cauli to a hot pan for AT LEAST five minutes to steam off the excess moisture, otherwise after adding the sour cream it's just a soupy, mucky mess. (Think potato salad, for which wise cooks do the same thing.) Given that proviso, don't cook the cauli all-the-way-mushy-like-potatoes the first go 'round; it'll cook the rest of the way during the drying-out phase.

    I also left out the Parm. The Cheddar is plenty.

    BIG HIT, and nobody missed the carbs :D

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  9. I have made this many times using Alfredo Pasta Sauce and sprinkling with blue cheese. It cuts down on the other cheese and is really delicious. Not sure if it would be suitable for someone on a strict diet. I always make sure I make plenty because everyone goes for second servings.

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