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Smashed White Cheddar Cauliflower

Updated: Jun 4, 2020

The mix of roasted cauliflower and White Cheddar make this an amazing, flavorful veggie dish.

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets (about 3 cups)

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 cup shredded White Cheddar cheese

  • 1 TBSN finely chopped chives

  • (optional) 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


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Large pot, baking sheet, sharp knife, measuring spoons, measuring cups, aluminum foil or parchment paper

Prep: 20 min

Cook: 30 min. Ready: 50 min Serves: 4-6

1. Preheat oven to 425° and grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Separate florets in handful portions.

2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook cauliflower until fork tender, about 5 minutes, then drain in a colander and pat dry.

3. Spread florets out in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

4. Using a potato masher, or the bottom of a small glass, lightly smash the cauliflower florets.

5. Top each smashed cauliflower floret with a pinch of cheddar cheese and if preferred, some bacon. Bake until cheese is melted and crispy around the edges, about 20-23 minutes.

6. Sprinkle chives over cauliflower and serve warm.

1 serving:

Calories: 98

total fat: 5.7g

saturated fat: 1.8g

cholesterol: 7mg

sodium: 372mg

potassium: 452mg

carbohydrates: 8.4g

fiber: 3.6g

sugar: 4g

protein: 5.2g

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is naturally high in fiber and B-vitamins. It provides antioxidants and phytonutrients that can protect against cancer. It also contains fiber to enhance weight loss and digestion, choline that is essential for learning and memory, and many other important nutrients.



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