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Craving Mac and Cheese? Try Our Cauliflower Twist for a Guilt-Free Option

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Mac and cheese is a beloved comfort food, but it’s often associated with heavy cream, butter, and excessive calories. Fortunately, there’s a healthier alternative that retains all the creamy goodness and indulgence, while adding a nutritious twist. In this blog post, we’ll share an easy cauliflower mac and cheese recipe that will satisfy your cravings without compromising your health. Get ready to delight your taste buds with this wholesome and delicious variation of a classic favorite.


  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 8 ounces of whole wheat or gluten-free macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any non-dairy milk of your choice)
  • 1 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric (optional, for color)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the cauliflower florets on a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for about 20-25 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender and lightly browned. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook the macaroni according to the package instructions. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
  3. In a separate large saucepan, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, almond milk, nutritional yeast, Dijon mustard, turmeric, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using) to the saucepan. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until it thickens slightly.
  6. Transfer the cauliflower and the sauce mixture into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. In a large casserole dish, combine the cooked macaroni and the cauliflower cheese sauce. Mix well until all the macaroni is coated evenly.
  8. Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbling.
  9. Once done, remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.
  10. Serve the cauliflower mac and cheese hot, and enjoy this healthier and guilt-free version of a classic comfort food.

Additional Tips:

  • Feel free to add your favorite vegetables to the recipe, such as steamed broccoli or sautéed mushrooms, for extra flavor and nutrients.
  • For a gluten-free option, use gluten-free macaroni or any other gluten-free pasta of your choice.
  • Experiment with different spices and herbs to personalize the taste. For example, adding a pinch of nutmeg or thyme can elevate the flavor profile.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • If desired, you can also sprinkle some breadcrumbs or vegan cheese on top of the mac and cheese before baking for a crispy finish.

With this easy cauliflower mac and cheese recipe, you can enjoy a creamy and satisfying meal without sacrificing your health or your taste buds. By replacing traditional cheese and cream with a nutrient-packed cauliflower sauce, you’re adding vitamins, minerals, and fiber to your dish while still satisfying your cravings. So go ahead, indulge in this wholesome and delicious version of mac and cheese, and savour every bite guilt-free.

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