Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The End Notes of the B-Day Meal

I told you yesterday that I'd get back to the healthy stuff soon, well, I have the perfect thing! Rich, creamy, cheesy goodness, that was another hit at Andrew's birthday dinner!

But wait, Sarah, don't you have something to sumbit for Cate's ARF / 5-A-Day event?? Cheese doesn't fit into that at all!!!

Well, have no fear, this is a low fat, high calcium, vitamin filled (112.7 % of the RDA of Vitamin C!) side dish - one I would gladly eat as a meal unto itself! Herbs, spices, and a heady dose of Dijon mustard make themselves at home with a thick and rich (low-fat!) Cheddar cheese sauce fortified with skim milk powder for extra richness.

Spicy Herbed Cauliflower Cheese
Serves 4
1 medium head cauliflower, chopped
1/4 cup skim milk powder
3 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp coarse ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1/3 cup shredded low-fat old Cheddar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard

  1. Steam the cauliflower until just tender, 3 - 4 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and keep warm.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the dry milk powder, flour, salt, herbs and spices.
  3. Place pan over medium heat, and slowly whisk in the skim milk until no lumps remain.
  4. Cook, whisking, over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cheese and cook until melted.
  6. Whisk in the mustard.
  7. Pour sauce over the cooked cauliflower in the serving dish and toss to combine well.
  8. Serve immediately.

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 113.8
Total Fat: 1.1 g
Cholesterol: 5.2 mg
Sodium: 271.3 mg
Total Carbs: 15.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.6 g
Protein: 10.8 g

This is another one of my mom's recipes, can you tell I'm developing a theme here? Well, after searching through her "big black box" for yesterday's short rib recipe, I found a pile of recipes that she had either made for me before or that she had talked about while recounting stories of her life "pre-kids", living in a Jewish-Greek neighbourhood in Toronto. As I type out copies of these carefully handwritten pieces of history, I'll share them with you as well. Maybe they will inspire some of your own families' foodie memories!

1 comment :

Kevin said...

Cauliflower drowned in cheese...mmm...