Healthy Cauliflower Gratin
- 1 large cauliflower, chopped into small florets
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk
- 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons vegan buttery spread, divided divided
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour (sub gluten free all purpose flour)
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup bread crumbs (sub gluten free bread crumbs)
- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, optional
- 2 tablespoons sage, diced (optional)
Preheat your oven to 400.
Line a baking pan (circular or square) with 1 tablespoon of vegan buttery spread.
Put your chopped cauliflower into the buttered pan and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat a large pot over med-high heat with your olive oil and garlic. After sauteeing for 30 seconds add in your coconut milk, nutritional yeast, 1 tablespoon of vegan buttery spread, all purpose flour, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper.
Whisk for 1-2 minutes, until the mixture is creamy and well combined.
Pour the contents of the pot over your cauliflower pan, cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes covered.
While the cauliflower is baking, mix together your coconut oil, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and sage in a small bowl.
After 30 minutes, remove the foil, sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
Let cool - and SERVE!
Cauliflower gratin may not be the most common Thanksgiving side dish, but HOLY COW it’s one of the most comforting foods on the planet. And I bet it will be even more comforting to you when you find out that this version is lacking in oodles of cheese, heavy cream, eggs, and butter. Instead there are healthy wonderful things that will fill your body with yummy goodness.
This is a great dish to bring to Thanksgiving because it’s (a.) easy to make (b.) easy to modify for your gluten-free/vegetarian/vegan guests (c.) FREAKING delicious. I literally cannot suggest you make this any harder than I am right now. Your body will be warm, your heart will be happy and your stomach won’t grow 7 sizes that day.
Usually cauliflower gratin is something that Paula Dean would enjoy throwing 7 sticks of butter and 12 gallons of heavy cream, plus a few cups of cheese into. BUT we took this to Paula Dean’s son’s level (okay – we took it way beyond that), and made it into something that literally everyone can enjoy. And I think that’s what the spirit of Thanksgiving is all about – bringing people together and sharing food that EVERYONE can enjoy. So just do it. Just add it to your menu already. You can thank me after your food coma.