I managed to create a healthy meal that caused Adrian to say, “Alisha. Write this down: Adrian loves this and wants you to make it more than just once.” LOLLL! Since I love to cook, I can’t just make the same thing over and over! I’m always switching things up – trying new recipes – adding different spices to the old favorites. Except for this recipe, I guess. I’ll be making this one the exact same over and over again, according to Adrian. 😀
I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest (of course), and had some cauliflower in the fridge that was beginning to reach it’s last days. I knew I had one day to cook it, so when I found this recipe, I said, “looks easy! I’ll try it.” Since Adrian and I have discovered that our bodies don’t like lactose, we try to avoid cheese at all costs. For this recipe I used my FAVORITE vegan cheese from So Delicious. No other vegan cheese really melts like this one does! It almost tastes like the real thing. It’s good enough for us, anyway!
As you can see this recipe isn’t 100% vegan. I did use ground Turkey. But, like I said, Adrian and I (mostly I) are chegans (cheating vegans). We avoid eating meat more than once a day, if not every other day. You don’t NEED meat to survive, people. I won’t rant about that… but it’s true! 😀
Let’s just drool over the perfect layers for a second. *drrooooooooollll* Sooo good. So, the original recipe calls for real cheese and heavy cream for the creamy mustard sauce. Instead, I used regular ole’ Almond Milk, and the sauce was juuussttt fine. However, if you’re curious to see the original recipe, I will link it here.
This easy casserole is Gluten Free thanks to the cauliflower, and mine is Dairy Free, thanks to Whole Foods, LOL! It IS Pretty addicting… I can see why Adrian had 4 servings. I’m following a meal plan, so I allowed myself to have one serving, but believe me I wanted more! Ya’ll definitely TREAT YO SELF to this yummy guilt free casserole and let me know what you think! <3
- 1 head cauliflower or about 6 cups florets
- 1/3 cup gluten free flour of your choice (I used King Arthur’s)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 Tbsp burger seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt (for meat)
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon gluten free flour
- 1 1/2 cups Almond Milk
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups of shredded dairy free cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Steam the cauliflower until fork tender. Meanwhile, cook the ground turkey. Brown the ground turkey in a large skillet with a drizzle of olive oil. As it cooks, break it up into smaller bits with a sturdy spatula.
- Add the onion powder, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper and mix well. Remove the beef with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl.
When the cauliflower is tender, drain and place into a food processor or blender. Pulse until it resembles rice. Set aside in a bowl to cool then add the flour and salt and mix well. Set aside.
For the sauce: Add the butter to the same skillet and stir in the flour over low heat. Cook until the flour has absorbed the butter then whisk in the almond milk and mustard.
Continue to cook on low heat until the sauce thickens. When it’s thick, remove from heat.
Place 1/2 cup of the sauce to the bottom of a 9 by 13 baking dish. Spread the cauliflower mixture on the spread as evenly as possible.
Place 1/2 cup of shredded over the cauliflower.
Next, spread all of ground beef over the cheese.
Pour half of the remaining sauce over the beef, then top with another 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.
Pour the remaining sauce over the top and sprinkle with the last of the cheese. YUM!
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes.
Allow to cool before enjoying! *tip* the longer it cools, the more it will hold a rectangle shape when you slice it!