Crockpot Recipes with Cauliflower

Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Mashed CauliflowerOne of the most popular choices of a New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. One way to do that is to change your diet so that you are making healthier food choices. Cauliflower is healthy, tasty, and in season in January. Foods that are in season are at the lowest price of the year! Here are a few simple, and healthy, crockpot recipes with cauliflower.

Crockpot Cauliflower and Cheese
The What’s Cooking Love? blog has an awesome crockpot recipe for cauliflower and cheese. You will need:

* 1 medium head of cauliflower (cut into florets)
* 1 can of condensed Cheddar cheese soup (10 3 /4 ounces)
* 1/2 cup soy milk (or you can substitute regular milk)
* 1/2 teaspoon pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Put the cauliflower florets into your crockpot. They recommend a 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 quart crock pot. Get a saucepan, and mix the cheddar soup, milk, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until smooth. Add the shredded cheese, and whisk. Next, pour the mixture over the cauliflower. Cover the crockpot and cook it on low for 3 or 4 hours.

Crockpot Mashed Cauliflower
This recipe comes from the 365 Days of Slow Cooking blog. It makes a great substitution for potatoes (and is less calories). You will need:

* 1 head of cauliflower (cut into quarters)
* 1 tablespoon of garlic (minced)
* 1 bay leaf
* 1/2 teaspoon of salt
* 1 tablespoon of olive oil
* 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
* Salt and pepper (to taste)
* Green onion (diced) (for garnish)

Clean the cauliflower. Cut the edible parts into quarters. Put the pieces into your crockpot. Add water to the crockpot until it covers the cauliflower. Add a bay leaf to the water, and toss in the garlic and salt. Cover it and cook on high for 4 hours (or low for 6 hours). Drain out the water (and get rid of the bay leaf). Put the cauliflower back in the crockpot and add the olive oil. Mash it as you would a potato. Add salt, pepper, and garnish if you like.

Crockpot Potato Cauliflower Soup
You can’t go wrong with hot soup on a cold day. This recipe comes from Simple Nourished Living. You will need:

* 6 medium potatoes (peeled and chopped)
* 10 ounces of cauliflower
* 1 large onion (chopped)
* 2 celery stalks (chopped)
* 1 carrot (peeled and chopped)
* 5 cups of chicken broth
* 1 tablespoon parsley
* Some salt and black pepper (to taste)
* 12 ounces fat free evaporated milk.

Put the potatoes, cauliflower, onion, celery, carrot, broth, parsley, salt, and pepper into a 4 quart crockpot. Cover it. Cook on low for 7 to 9 hours. Stir in the evaporated milk in the last hour. Optional: You can puree it if you prefer soup that is creamy.

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