Cauliflower Mockaroni and Cheese Take 2

My husband's favorite dish is macaroni and cheese. That is one of my favorites as well next to pizza! It is amazing how many low carb friendly recipes come from cauliflower. Thank goodness for that! I wouldn't know what to do without all the great substitutes for pasta, bread and rice! What made me decide to make mac and cheese was because I was putting together my husband's Valentine's Day care package filled with all types of goodies such as a music CD filled with love songs and photos, cookies, candy, chips, snacks, and you guessed it.... mac and cheese! Of course not the already made one, but the Kraft ones you stick in the microwave and add a bit of water. I even like those LOL. It is definitely nowhere near homemade, but they are still quite good. So I remembered the last time I tried a mac and cheese recipe and it wasn't a complete success. I still ate it, but I wasn't completely happy with it.The texture was a little off. It wasn't really creamy at all and I could taste the majority of egg beaters in the dish. Now, we can't have a mac and cheese taste like eggs and not cheese, can we? Grant it, the other recipe was still edible, it was just "okay". My hunt began again for another cauliflower mac and cheese recipe and I came across this one posted on facebook by Jenn Gilmore. This one did not use any egg beaters, but rather more cheese and the addition of cream cheese and half and half. Those two additions really helped out a lot! It had a very nice cheesy flavor. I still find that this dish is almost two cheesy with the recipe makeup of 2 cups of grated cheese and only 3 cups of cauliflower, but the taste was really good. Being cheesy is never a bad thing, right? The texture was a little more chewy because of all the grated cheese versus the creaminess of real mac and cheese, but what can I expect, it will never be the same as real mac and cheese. Out of the two cauliflower mac and cheese recipes, this will be my go to "mockaroni" and cheese hands down. The taste is very yummy with the combination of Worcestershire sauce and spices, but I was looking for just a tad bit creamier texture. I used Cajun seasoning for the topping because I wanted to spice it up some, but you can also try smoked paprika. There is still one more mac and cheese I need to try before making my final decision on which will become a regular rotation on my menu. The other one uses cottage cheese, a little bit of egg beaters and grated cheese. That just might be the right combo.  We will just have to see! What is your favorite "mockaroni" and cheese recipe?

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese # 2

3 cups Cauliflower –Steamed and chopped (6 Green)
1 cup reduced fat (3-6 grams fat/oz) shredded Cheddar (1 lean)
1 cup reduced fat (3-6 grams fat/oz) shredded Colby Jack  (1 lean)
2 Tbsp Half and half (2 condiments)
2 Tbsp reduced fat cream cheese (2 condiments)
1/4 tsp garlic powder (1/2 condiment)
1/4 tsp onion powder (1/2 condiment)
1/4 tsp ground mustard (1/2 condiment)

Preheat oven to 350. In saucepan over medium-low heat, warm half and half, cream cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, and mustard (feel free to use any combination of spices you like).Whisk until creamy, do not let boil. Mix cheese together in bowl. Pour 1 1/2 cups of cheese mixture into saucepan. Stir until cheese is completely melted. Add cauliflower and gently fold until cauliflower is covered. Place mixture into baking dish and top with remaining shredded cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is browned. (If desired broil for the last 2 minutes of baking time)

2 Servings with 1 Lean, 3 Greens, and 3 Condiments per Serving No Healthy Fat Required
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