Friday, May 29, 2009

Cauliflower Mac 'N Cheese

The other day I saw a clip of The View where Tyler Florence (my favorite chef from the Food Network) was trying to convince Whoopi (by far my least favorite co-host) to eat a vegetable. He made mac n' cheese with cauliflower puree, and I knew I had to try it. Although I'm often tempted when I see a good recipe, I never make homemade mac n' cheese because I know it's not the healthiest choice. My husband, in particular, shies away from anything that looks too creamy. (Except cream cheese frosting, of course!)

So—replace some of the cream with cauliflower puree? Tyler, you had me at hello.
In the end, though, I've gotta be honest—I'm not sure I'd make it again. However, if you're a big mac 'n cheese fan, I do think you should give it a try. It is a pretty darn decent replacement, and when it comes to fat and calories, it's a far better alternative. If I hadn't known it was cauliflower puree, I don't know that I'd have noticed.

But since I wasn't a huge mac 'n cheese fan before this recipe came along, I don't think I'll be adding it to my dinner rotation. :)

But hey, that's why I say this blog is to share my adventures in the kitchen! Not everything you try can turn into a regular. But trying lots of recipes definitely guarantees that your dinner rotation will grow.

Anyway, have a great weekend, everybody! Thanks so much for reading.


Michael Family said...

You should try cauliflower soup! It is SOOO good (but also fatty--since it's made with cream)

Erica said...

Haha, sometimes fatty is worth it!

Brandon Danielle and Laneah said...

we tried a similar version...from 'deceptively delicious' that was pretty good. It also uses cauliflower puree, but also uses white beans puree too. We ended up with our own variation that is now my cauliflower, double bean puree, with whole wheat pasta. It is very tasty.

Erica said...

Thanks, Danielle! That's really interesting! I've never heard of the white beans puree option. I'll have to look up a recipe and see if I like it better.