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Step Up to the Calorie Counter: Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM

If you love mac 'n cheese, consider this alternative: replacing the macaroni with cauliflower.

Yep, that simple — and that tasty.

Mac-and-Cheese Style Cauliflower


  • 8 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 Tbs. butter or margarine
  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
  • 2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower florets, and boil 5 to 7 minutes, or until just tender. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid, and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in same pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Whisk in milk, garlic, and reserved cooking liquid, and cook 7 to 10 minutes, or until sauce is thickened, whisking constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in cheese, nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper, and egg yolks until cheese is melted. Fold in cauliflower.
  3. Coat 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread cauliflower mixture in baking dish, and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Spray breadcrumbs with cooking spray. Bake 30 minutes, or until casserole is hot and bubbly and breadcrumbs are crisp and brown.


Nutritional Information

Serves 8

Amount Per 1-cup serving:

Calories 273

Protein 16g

Total fat 16g

Carbs 18g

Cholesterol 94mg

Sodium 314mg

Fiber 4g

Sugars 6g


Thanks to Yoga Journal for this recipe. Be sure to visit the Yoga Journal website for more recipes.

Categories: Diet

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