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When dishes become healthy, there is no guilt in loading it up. At least, that is how I like to look at things. When I made this loaded cauliflower bake, I quickly became convinced that this exciting dish should replace loaded mashed potatoes. As Dan took just a few bites, I easily convinced him as well. Not only is this loaded cauliflower bake delicious, but it is also incredibly healthy and lean. We loved how replacing creamy potatoes with steamy cauliflower created a completely mouthwatering taste and had an amazing, upgraded texture. Every bite was such a delight and we cannot believe that it took us so long to make this wonderful bake!




Loaded Cauliflower Bake

Our favorite part about this bake is that it is so amazingly easy! After chopping and steaming the cauliflower, everything just gets thrown into a food processor and then the oven. There is no need to tiredly mash any potatoes or beat the ingredients until they are smooth. Because we worked with cauliflower, this vegetable is already lump free! That means, that amazing, creamy cauliflower disguised as mashed potatoes can be smooth and ready in no time and with no muscles required!




Loaded Cauliflower Bake

With our healthy kick going strong, we hit a snag when we became sick with the flu. Suddenly when our appetites came back, unhealthy takeout was called and fresh vegetables were not bought. However, with both of us finally back on our feet, we are feeling ready to try and create more healthy meals. With a grocery bag full of fresh produce that is ready to get spiralized, I know that I am ecstatic to start eating well again!




Loaded Cauliflower Bake




This cauliflower bake is the perfect side dish to make for picky eaters – especially those who will not eat their vegetables. I know he will hate for me to say this, but I have one in my house. The minute he dug his fork into this bake, I made him a vegetable believer. All it took was a once forbidden vegetable, a little cream and bacon. I guess that is the new combination into Dan’s heart. Whomever you are trying to trick to eat their vegetables, this irresistible and creamy loaded cauliflower bake with bacon will do the trick! We know that if you make it in your home, it will soon become a weekly staple just like it has become in ours.




Loaded Cauliflower Bake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 2-4 servings

Loaded Cauliflower Bake

Whomever you are trying to trick to eat their vegetables, this irresistible and creamy loaded cauliflower bake with bacon will do the trick!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 3 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Bring a medium pot to a boil and add cauliflower. Boil until the cauliflower is soft, about 15 minutes. Finely chop the cauliflower.
  3. In a food processor, add the cream, butter, salt and pepper to the cauliflower and purée and blend for about 30 seconds to a minute. If you don’t own a hand blender, a regular blender would work fine as well. Pour mixture into a baking dish and top with cheese. Bake for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and melted.
  4. While baking, cook the bacon until desired crispness is achieved. Let cool and then chop.
  5. When cauliflower is out of the over, top with bacon, chives and rosemary. Enjoy!

Notes

A bag of cauliflower florets can also be purchased to save time, and they can be steamed in the microwave.

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