Nothing is as homely and comforting as Creamy Cauliflower Bacon Mac And Cheese. It's your regular mac and cheese but it's been pimped with bacon and cauliflower.
The easy healthy recipe is sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free and low-carb.
What is creamy cauliflower bacon mac and cheese?
Regular macaroni and cheese recipes are high carb, and low in flavour BUT they are comfort food that many readers have asked me to replicate in a healthy low-carb version.
Mac and cheese generally contain macaroni, flour, butter and cheese. And as for those pre-made dehydrated mac and cheese packets, promise me never to buy those ever again. They are filled with inflammatory seed oils, wheat, pasta, flour, preservatives, flavours, colours, additives, chemicals .... which is a recipe for disaster and certainly not fit for growing children.
Macaroni is a high-carb pasta that makes up the bulk of the mac and cheese recipe, so what do you substitute macaroni with? The answer is always cauliflower of course.
Further reading: Are you a cauliflower ninja?
How many carbs are there in regular pasta?
If you are new here, you may not be aware of just how many carbs are in everyday foods such as pasta, rice and bread.
This is a great infographic to look at. There are 7 handy charts showing you how carbs affect your blood sugars. You will be amazed at cornflakes, apple juice and shredded wheat. Just to name a few.
How many carbs are in traditional mac and cheese?
1 cup cooked macaroni = 31g total - 1.8g fibre = 29.2g net carbs
1 cup cooked cauliflower = 4.1g total - 2.3g fibre = 1.8g net carbs
Not only is cauliflower a lower carb option, but it is a healthier option because in just 1 cup cooked cauliflower it also contains Vit A 0.3%, Vit B6 10%, Vit c 77%, calcium 2.2%, iron 2.4%, magnesium 4%.
Bacon Mac And Cheese
Now you know why we love cauliflower so much, how do you flavour it so the whole family can enjoy a healthy dinner together? Bacon is the answer (it's always the answer).
The creamy bacon mac and cheese has a cheats cheese sauce and cooked bacon to really give this healthy mac and cheese a flavour kick, But why not add a pinch of chilli too?
It's a very adaptable recipe.
How To Freeze Cauliflower Mac And Cheese
If you love batch cooking (and who doesn't love cooking once but serving 2 or 3 times?) then you will love cauliflower mac and cheese because it is a dream to freeze.
Simply wait until the mac and cheese have cooled, then place the leftovers into airtight containers and freeze for up to 2 months.
How To Defrost Cauliflower Mac And Cheese
Place the airtight container on the countertop or in the refrigerator until the mac and cheese have defrosted in the centre.
For best results, the mac and cheese should be reheated in the oven, so any moisture can evaporate and the cheese can remain crispy.
Alternatively, you may choose to reheat the creamy cauliflower bacon mac and cheese in the microwave.
Creamy Cauliflower Bacon Mac And Cheese
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- Steam the cauliflower until cooked but not too soft. Drain and let the steam escape.
- In a saucepan, gently fry on LOW the garlic, bacon and spring onions in oil or butter.
- Add the cream cheese and allow to soften and melt. Do not boil.
- Add the mozzarella and cream. Heat on LOW and stir until it becomes and wonderful melted thickened sauce.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour the drained cooked cauliflower into the baking dish. Pout the cheesy bacon sauce over the top. Sprinkle some additional cheese over the top if you like a crispy topping.
- Bake at 180C/350F for 20 minutes until the sauce is cooked and golden.