Loaded Cauliflower Casserole (S)

I know what you’re thinking.  “Jen, there are already many other cauli casserole recipes out there!”  I hear ya, but we each like things our own way when it comes to recipes.  I had posted this recipe quite a while ago in an old post entitled,  “Top 5 “S” Side Dishes”.  I thought this gem of a casserole deserved it’s own post since so many of you go to that post to hunt it down.  Plus, now you’ll have a printable recipe if you have a recipe binder for Trim Healthy Mama that you like to use.  If you like this one, you’ll also love my Loaded Spaghetti Squash Casserole!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bag cauliflower, cooked  (I think the bags are 12-14 oz)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 pieces bacon or turkey bacon, crisped and diced
  • 3 Tbs. butter (cut into little pieces)

Directions:

Cook one bag of cauliflower until tender and drain well.  I set the cream cheese out early to warm a bit or you could “nuke” it a bit to make it soft. Stir all the ingredients together and place in a pie pan or 9 by 9 baking dish.  I top it with another sprinkle of cheese. Cook at 350 for 30 minutes.  I love mine bubbly and a little browned on top.  I often broil it at the end for the crispy, brown, cheesy top to bubble up just how I like it!

I take this to holiday gatherings a lot!  Just double the recipe for a larger group.  Triple it if it’s a large crowd. Everyone seems to love the recipe.

To make this a full meal, you could add in some protein of your choice.  A favorite of mine is roast beef.  I often have leftovers from a roast.  Shred that yumminess up and add it into the mix.  Chicken is a popular choice as well.

I think cauliflower needs some type of award for the most versatile veggie of all time.  I know the zucchini often tries to take that spot and might cause a close tie, but I <HEART> cauliflower.

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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole (S)
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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole makes a delicious side dish to any "Satisfying" meal!
Ingredients
  • 1 bag cauliflower, cooked (I think the bags are 12-14 oz)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 pieces bacon or turkey bacon, crisped and diced
  • 3 Tbs. butter (cut into little pieces)
Instructions
  1. Cook one bag of cauliflower until tender and drain well.
  2. I set the cream cheese out early to warm a bit or you could "nuke" it a bit to make it soft.
  3. Stir all the ingredients together and place in a pie pan or 9 by 9 baking dish.
  4. I top it with another sprinkle of cheese.
  5. Cook at 350 for 30 minutes.

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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole (S) — 15 Comments

  1. This sounds wonderful! Would there be any problem with using fresh cauliflower and do you think there would be any needed changes if using fresh?

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  3. Is there not enough protein in the cheese and bacon? Could you just add more bacon for extra protein or possibly chucks of beef kielbasa?

    • Yes, more protein for sure. This is more of a side dish. I’m sure some beef kielbasa or real beef hot dogs would be a good add. 🙂

  4. I don’t understand how cauliflower is an S meal when there so many carbs in it? Can you explain

    • Sure! It’s a non-starchy veggie! If you read your S chapter of the book it might help explain it more. It’s full of protein and make sure you are subtracting the fiber.

  5. My family loved this casserole. My husband now prefers cauliflower over potatoes!!

  6. I’ve never cooked cauliflower .. are you boiling, steaming or microwaving? And how long do u cook it?

    • I follow the directions on the bag for the stove. 🙂 If you have fresh, I cook it on the stove, cut into small pieces in some boiling water. I put the lid on and let it boil/steam until soft.

  7. Thank you for making a separate post for this recipe! It is definitely a family favorite and so I was one of the ones who had to hunt it down. 🙂 I have served it to many non-THMer guests with rave reviews. My husband loves to grill a filet and have this with some roasted asparagus – his fav meal. Love it!

  8. I made this tonight, I will definitely make this a lot. Very easy recipe and delicious!