Eat Your Vegetables!

Eat your vegetables!

How many parents have said that over the years. How many kids have given them the stubborn look, crossed their arms and pouted? I’d venture to guess the answer is most. Every parent comes up with different schemes to make it happen. Some get lucky and the kids don’t have any problems with vegetables. Other try to use force or cajoling. As mentioned in a previous post, we quickly went the route of stating that no other eating could take place until they were gone.

Like some other parents, I had an aunt that would serve problem vegetables frozen. They all tasted like little balls of ice. Doesn’t sound overly appetizing, but if it works….

Other parents really tried to hide the vegetables in favorite foods. Puree them and add it to the recipe. Cover it up with something that tasted good. This recipe does that very well with cauliflower.

A great tasting mac and cheese whose volume is supplemented with quite a bit of diced cauliflower.

Nothing overly unusual.

Making the topping.

Cooking the cauliflower.

Adding the mac.

And cheesy goodness.

Ready for the oven.

Baked golden brown with pockets of lava cheese poking through….

Macaroni and Cheese With Cauliflower

Makes: Serves 6


  • 12 ounces multigrain elbow macaroni
  • 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 4 slices multigrain bread, torn
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar (6 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup 1 percent milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


1. Heat oven to 400° F. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, adding the cauliflower during the last 3 minutes of cooking time; drain.

2. Meanwhile, pulse the bread in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Add the parsley, 2 tablespoons of the oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper; pulse to combine.

3. Return the pasta pot to medium heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the onion, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 3 to 5 minutes.

4. Mix in the pasta and cauliflower and the cheese, sour cream, milk, and mustard.

5. Transfer to a shallow 3-quart baking dish, sprinkle with the bread crumbs, and bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.


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Categories: Baking, Cheese, kosher, Lunch, Main Dish 2, Pasta, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetable2, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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18 Comments on “Eat Your Vegetables!”

  1. September 6, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Reblogged this on f00dventures and commented:
    What a great and tasty looking Mac and cheese and a great way to get those veggies in


  2. September 6, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Good way to sneak some veggies in. I liked a lot of veggies as a kid, but it helped that a lot got sprinkled with cheese! Whatever works, right?


  3. September 6, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    This is a great idea. We do this entirely with cauliflower too. And also, subbing zucchini to mix with the pasta or adding bits of tomato, or mushroom –all work really well. I think the cauliflower one is better than plain mac and cheese.


  4. September 6, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Ummm, ok, this looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it…


  5. September 6, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Sounds very tempting… will def try it cause I love the flavor cauliflower gives – and the creamy texture!. I pinned the recipe to make sure I don’t forget 🙂


  6. September 6, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Good work with this one. Can’t go wrong with mac & cheese – they are boon companions! Cauliflower also goes well with tomato sauce, especially if the cauliflower is roasted first.


  7. Shane Organ
    September 6, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I think this is a great way to incorporate veggies into a dish as I’m sure it’s very tasty. Have you ever heard of mashed cauliflower? Just swap cauliflower for potatoes in mashed potatoes and voila.


  8. September 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm #



  9. September 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    I have made this mac and cheese from real simple 100’s of times…it is sooooooo good!


  10. September 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    I made this the other day and it’s so good! I grew up refusing to eat veggies, so I’m learning to now by hiding them like this. I actually kind of like cauliflower now because of cauliflower mac and cheese and mashed cauliflower.


  11. September 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    It looks gooood. Kind of surprised to be honest, because who expects veggies in mac and cheese to be yummy? I might have to try this.


  12. September 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting dish. That said, I love cauliflower, but then we tried it mashed. It’s delicious like that.


  13. September 6, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    Everybody loves mac and cheese and this recipe looks extra wonderful!


  14. September 7, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Awesome!! I really don’t have a problem with my kiddos eating their veggies, but I DO have a problem with them trying different veggies. Like, my oldest son loves carrots. Give him some green beans on the side and he acts like I gave him a bowl of lava- he ain’t touchin’ it! It’s weird. I may try this recipe though, I don’t think my kiddos have ever tried cauliflower! Thank You!


  15. Nicole Brait
    September 7, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    What a great idea! I know some adults who don’t eat enough vegetables who could use a recipe like this.


  16. September 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Oh my! I think I’ll fine tune my butternut mac-n-cheese w/that 🙂


  17. September 24, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    I will eat that and I bet my kids would too. Luckily for me they eat cauliflower steamed. Then we pour on a bit of olive oil, squeezea bit of lemon juice, a dash of salt and pepper and they gobble it up. Repeat for broccoli. 😀


  18. September 24, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Reblogged this on debsthoughtstoday and commented:
    This is a VERY good way to get unwilling vegetable to eat some cauliflower. Hope it helps. Also don’t forget to stop by this guy’s blog to check out his other recipe’s.


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