I have spent the past six months on a journey to a healthier life. While I have not been perfect all the time, I have found many substitutes using healthier ingredients to make dishes that I can only describe as pure comfort.
I will also say that no matter what my journey, unless I am highly allergic- I WILL NEVER GIVE UP CHEESE! Especially if the end product tastes like a loaded baked potato! Just add a dab of sour cream, hot sauce and some crumbled bacon! Yum yum!
That being said, I bring to you my Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin!
1 large head of cauliflower, chopped into large chunks
4 oz of cream cheese, cubed
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
6 oz of shredded cheese (your choice)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chopped cauliflower into sauce pan and fill with enough water to cover cauliflower. Boil cauliflower on high heat until just fork tender. Strain cauliflower and add back into pan. Mash with a fork or a potato masher to smaller pieces. Add cubes of cream cheese allowing to melt and mix with cauliflower well. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Spray a small sized baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Layer half of the cauliflower onto bottom of dish. Layer half of the shredded cheese on top and then add second layer of cauliflower, spreading evenly. Add remaining cheese to top of cauliflower. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Turn oven to broil for 3-5 minutes to allow cheese to become bubbly and lightly browned to perfection!