Saturday, December 1, 2012

Crunchy Cottage Cauliflower

Cauliflower? Yes.
Really? Yep!
Do it. I've decided cauliflower is too useful in too many ways to not have it on hand at all times. It doesn't hold too much flavor on it's own, which makes it a fabulous blank, but nutritious canvas for a LOT of creative dishes.

From my reading, cauliflower is an excellent source of Vitamin C and Manganese... both of which are HIGHLY beneficial in fighting stress, therefore battling certain cancers AND it's chocked full of Vitamin K, one of the BEST regulators to our body's inflammatory response. Dad! Anti-inflammatory! Get crackin' on this crunchy goodness! :)

  • 1 head cauliflower, green stems and leaves removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 almond meal
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, warm up a little olive oil and toss in the diced onion and roughly chopped cauliflower florets. Sprinkle with pepper to taste. Cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally until the onions are almost translucent. While that's cooking, sprinkle a little sea salt on the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish and then spread the cottage cheese along the bottom.

Once onions are looking a little see through, dump the onion cauliflower mix onto a cutting board and chop chop chop it as fine as you'd like. The boys did say they would have liked it chopped a little more fine... but I liked it with a few chunks. ;) Up to you.
Toss the onion cauliflower mix into the baking dish, top with the chopped spinach and lightly lift the cottage cheese from the bottom with a spoon until everything is just mixed together. Sprinkle the almond meal over the top and the grated cheese over that. (i was trying to be a little more health conscious here so i only used that much cheese... but if you want to splurge or think your kids will eat more of it with extra cheese, go for it, i won't blame you... but it doesn't need it)
Bake for about 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and it's bubbling on the sides. Just for kicks, I put mine under the broiler when it was finished baking to make a few brown bits. I think it's prettier that way and adds an extra layer of crunch.
Serve along side your sweet potato lovin' meatloaf or all on it's own! I ate it for dinner last night by itself and it's fabulously filling and delicious. And lo and behold.. I'm SO not stressed today! ;) (chuckle chuckle chuckle... but really)

HAPPY WEEKEND! How's about you add a little crunch to your day.



  1. Sid, this is great! We're eating much healthier these days and I have become quite the betty crocker without all the baking. Parker was diagnosed with a bunch of food allergies and we're struggling to feed the kiddo. This is almost perfect for us EXCEPT the dairy. He can't have eggs, soy, dairy or wheat. Can you think of any substitute for the cottage cheese? I can just leave off the grated cheese on his corner but I'm wondering what I can sub for cottage cheese. Should you ever want to be crazy and do an allergy free post of family friendly, allergy free recipes, I would forever be indebted!

    1. Hi taylor! so crazy what's goin on with baby boy! I will be doing some more of those type posts soon.... in the mean time, here's what i suggest:

      to get a similar consistency and flavor (although it will still be different) Use a mixture of oat flour, almond milk and golden raisins. I would heat the almond milk over the stove and stir in the oat flour. Then combine that mixture with the golden raisins in a food processor (just to make the raisin chunks lesser in size) and use that as your cottage cheese replacement. This mixture is a good flavorful replacement for a lot of things.. good with salads, in all sorts of bakes, even in sandwiches... just a thought! lots of love! x

  2. Sidders...I so appreciate you always thinking of me as you prepare such great things to enjoy! I'm doing all I can to eat better, exercise, eliminate the bad I can be around for a long time. Can't miss any moments with YOU, my precious baby girl! daddy