Sunday, 8 March 2015

A Comforting Cauli Cheese

Hello lovelies.  And a special hello to Cocojayne a new follower.  Thank you for stopping by.

One of my favourite comfort food dishes is cauliflower cheese, although these days such creamy cheesy goodness is out of the question as it leaps out of the dish and slathers two inches onto my already ample hips.

I was, therefore, intrigued to find that Slimming World had concocted a low syn version of it so today I've given it a try.

You will need:-

One large (as big as your head) cauliflower or two smaller ones. Or a bag of frozen if that's your thing.
One 500ml pot of fat free natural yoghurt
2 eggs - beaten
2 cloves of garlic
One bunch of spring onions
90g low fat cheddar-grated
1 teaspoon of English mustard
Low fat cooking spray such as Frylight

So.  Break the cauliflower up into small florets and boil or steam until tender.

Whilst the cauliflower is cooking chop up the spring onions and garlic quite and spray a frying pan with Fry Light.  Fry the onions and garlic until transparent. I didn't have spring onions (well actually I did. Or they may have been Torontonians onions once)  Sigh.  I used a finely chopped red onion instead as it was more easily identifiable in the bottom of the fridge!

ANY way.

Drain the cauliflower and leave to dry off for a short while before transferring into a ovenproof dish.

Into a bowl transfer the yoghurt, the mustard, and the beaten egg and stir well until combined.

Add the cooked onions and garlic and also three quarters of the cheese. Mix until well combined.  Add seasoning to taste. I use a fab cheapie seasoning which is basically garlic, salt and pepper. It's about a pound for the grindy bottle and I use it over everything, particularly veggies.  Because I'm a rebel I also added a shake of smoked paprika.

Pour the mixture over the cooled cauliflower and then sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Bake until golden and bubbling

I was sceptical about the use of yoghurt  but I was very pleasantly surprised.   Next time I may chop up some grilled bacon to mix in for a bit of a twist. I reckon the sauce would also work well with par boiled sliced potatoes for a low fat version of daupinoise potatoes.

This will be served with some lean pork loin, carrots, broccoli and sprouts. No potatoes as I'm avoiding carbs  right now.

For those of you following Slimming World then the syn value is 3.5.  It stares that this is a four person serving but I reckon our huge dish will be divided into at least six portions. I guess you could make the appropriate alteration for your healthy extra A choice.

Weight loss update - 24.5 lbs gone so far. It's the tip of the ice berg really but I've made a good start since 5 January.

Do you have a low fat version of a favourite comfort food?

See you soon xx


  1. Sounds lovely to me and well done on your continuing weight loss.

  2. Well done, that's a brilliant achievement. I feel guilty now(only a tiny bit LOL) as I've just eaten cauli cheese, with loads of cheese. Mexicana cheese. It's not low fat, but you do get a lot of flavour for your syns.

  3. Sounds like it turned out really well. Well done on the weight loss!

  4. I bought a nice big Cauli this weekend. My favourite is cooked (not overly), allowed to cool, then served with a very garlicky vinaigrette.

  5. Congratulations on the weight loss Kim - keep up the good work! Recipe sounds good too.#Hugs
    Rose H

  6. One recipeI found when I was on the South Beach Diet many moons ago that was useful was mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potato if carbs are your enemy! You just cook the cauli as normal until fairly soft, drain any liquid, add a little bit of butter, pepper and a drop of milk (I use semi skimmed but I daresay yoghurt of creme fraise is probably ok too) then mash as you would potatoes. It is surprisingly nice and filling and you don't' feel you're missing out on potatoes!

  7. I'm back blogging. Come on over:
    Your friend, FM x


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