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Easy Cheesy Cauliflower and Peas

This recipe for easy cheesy cauliflower and peas is a perfect vegetable dish for when you're still craving some comfort food but want it a little healthier. It can be a main dish or a side! You'll want to make this if you are looking to eat more veggies and want them cheddar cheese-y!

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cheesy cauliflower florets with peas in bowl and shredded cheese on top

Cauliflower. It can be so many things!

We really love it over at Trial and Eater because of its versatility. 

It can be pizza crust. Or “rice.” Grits. Or even used to bulk up soup.

And I've seen people even try to say it replaces pasta for mac and cheese.

Now, I'm not going to go that far! Others may call this keto mac and cheese, but I'm calling it as it is – cheesy cauliflower. 

cheesy cauliflower bite on fork

It IS however, keto. While I don't follow a keto diet, I have learned a little bit about what recipes count as such. So if you're a vegetarian keto, this might be perfect for you.

If you want to just drown the cauliflower florets with the cheese sauce and call it a day, pretending you ate some cheesy pasta – I'm not going to stop you. 

I did however consult my Vegetarian Flavor Bible (affiliate) and see what else might go with this dish to make it more interesting.

Enter peas!

cheesy cauliflower florets with peas in bowl

 Not only does it add a great pop of color, but also makes it feel more like a meal. 

And that extra serving of vegetables doesn't hurt either.

cheesy cauliflower florets with peas in bowl

All you need to do is roast the cauliflower until crispy, and while that's in the oven you can make the cheese sauce. 

Pour the cheese, add the peas!

Did I mention it's only really 5 ingredients? 

Now that is what I call easy cheesy.

cheesy cauliflower florets with peas in bowl

 

Yield: 2-3

Easy Cheesy Cauliflower and Peas

cheesy cauliflower florets with peas in bowl and shredded cheese on top

This recipe for easy cheesy cauliflower and peas is a perfect vegetable dish for when you're still craving some comfort food but want it a little healthier. It can be a main dish or a side! You'll want to make this if you are looking to eat more veggies and want them cheddar cheese-y! It's vegetarian and keto.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2  tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (plus more for sprinkling if desired)
  • 1 cup peas, rinsed
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Toss cauliflower florets with melted butter and spread out on a baking sheet.
  3. Roast cauliflower at 400°F for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. Meanwhile, heat cream and cheddar cheese in a pot over medium heat. Whisk occasionally until melted.
  5. Pour cheese mixture over the roasted cauliflower florets and mix until evenly coated.
  6. Stir in rinsed peas.
  7. Top with salt and pepper, and extra shredded cheese if using. Serve warm.

Notes

To cut down on calories, you can reduce the cheese sauce ingredients by up to half. (Still equal parts heavy cream and cheese.) This will still give you the taste of the cheese sauce but the cauliflower won't be drowning in it!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

3

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 736Total Fat: 63gSaturated Fat: 38gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 185mgSodium: 637mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 7gSugar: 10gProtein: 27g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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