Baked Cheesy Cauliflower & Peas

Nowadays there are so many ways to cook cauliflower, but this is definitely one of my favorite recipes! You can make the recipe vegan or gluten free if needed. I used dairy cheese and for the milk I only had almond milk, but use what you have! It will turn out fabulous! Enjoy this Recipe of the Week!



INGREDIENTS


For the cheese sauce:

- 2 TBS butter (can use vegan butter)

- 2 TBS flour (can use gluten free)

- 2 cups milk (I used Elmhurst milked almonds)

- 1 cup shredded organic cheddar cheese (can use vegan shreds)

- 2-3 teaspoons dijon mustard

- ½ tsp paprika

- 2-3 dashes of ground nutmeg

- Salt and pepper to taste


Other Ingredients:

- 1 large head of cauliflower cut into small florets and the stem cut into small pieces

- 1 small bag of frozen peas

- 1 cup panko or breadcrumbs

- Cooking oil spray


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large pot, heat water to a boil and add a few tablespoons of salt. Add cauliflower and cook until tender, about 7 minutes.

  2. Drain it and return to the pot

  3. Meanwhile, heat a smaller saucepan on low heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour to cook for about one minute.

  4. Add the milk slowly and whisk continuously about 3 minutes

  5. Add the cheese and whisk until it melts

  6. Add mustard, paprika, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

  7. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens about 3 minutes.

  8. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  9. Pour cheese sauce over cauliflower and toss to coat. Add frozen peas. They will defrost.

  10. Coat a baking dish with oil spray and add cauliflower. Sprinkle with panko, spray with oil spray and sprinkle with paprika.

  11. Bake for about 25 minutes and put under the broiler for 2 minutes if topping needs more browning.

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