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Loaded Cauliflower Mash Casserole

by Laura Duffy

 

This complete meal includes creamy mashed cauliflower topped with chicken, cheese, bacon, broccoli and scallions for a delicious and filling meal!
Now that I have a delicious and easy mashed cauliflower recipe, I am having so much fun thinking of meals I can make with it! And fun this meal was. What started as something that I threw together to use some of my leftovers turned into a really tasty and easy meal that I can’t wait to make again! And with chicken, cheese, bacon and broccoli along with all of the cauliflower, this dish is a complete meal in its own right. Thankfully it’s gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, low-glycemic, keto diet-friendly and packed full of nutritious veggies, because it is so good!
Here are a few tips to make this meal as inexpensive and easy as possible:
  • I buy frozen organic cauliflower florets and frozen organic broccoli florets at Costco. They have the best price, unless you are able to grown your own or use fresh cauliflower and broccoli. Each contains premeasured bags that can be steamed quickly and easily in a steaming basket or microwave.
  • If you don’t have leftover chicken to use, both Costco and Natural Grocers have organic boneless, skinless chicken thighs for a reasonable price. Put 3-4 chicken thighs (about 1 pound) in a baking dish and roast at 400 for 30 minutes, then tear into bite size pieces to go on top of the cauliflower mash.
  • I use my trusty Ninja Master Prep to make the cauliflower mash. It’s only $35 for the blender and food processor attachments, and it does a good job of making the cauliflower mash nice and creamy!

 

Cauliflower mash topped with chicken, cheese, bacon and broccoli come together to make a delicious meal that is grain-free, gluten-free, low-carb and ketogenic!

 

I hope you enjoy this gluten-free, low-carb, keto diet-friendly meal that’s loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from the cauliflower and broccoli! Click the links for each vegetable to learn more about its health benefits and keep scrolling for the recipe!

Loaded Cauliflower Mash Cauliflower Casserole

This Loaded Cauliflower Mash Casserole is delicious and satisfying! Chicken, cheese, bacon and broccoli on top of mashed cauliflower make it grain-free, gluten-free, low-carb and keto diet-friendly.

Gluten-free | Grain-free | Low-Carb | Keto Diet-Friendly

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 354 kcal

Ingredients

Mashed Cauliflower Ingredients

  • 2 lb frozen cauliflower florets or 1 medium head cauliflower, chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 4 Tbsp butter (or non-hydrogenated shortening for vegan, Paleo and Whole30 version)
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Loaded Cauliflower Mash Casserole Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken breast or 3-4 chicken thighs (about 1 lb, cooked and torn into bite site pieces)
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli
  • 3 thick slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 green onions, slivered

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. If you don't have leftover chicken to use, oil a baking dish, arrange the chicken in a single layer, sprinkle with salt and roast at 400 for 30 minutes. Continue following the directions below while the chicken is cooking.
  3. Slice the bacon crosswise into bite size pieces and cook on medium-low heat until browned. Set aside.
  4. While the bacon is cooking, make the cauliflower mash according to instructions. While blending or mashing the cauliflower, steam the broccoli according to directions on the package, or about 5 minutes (you can use the same steaming basket so you have one less pot to clean).
  5. Spread the mashed cauliflower in a
  6. baking dish and top with ½ cup of shredded cheese. Arrange broccoli and
  7. chicken on top before sprinkling remaining cheese and bacon over it. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  8. Serve with a sprinkle of sliced scallions. Enjoy!

Mashed Cauliflower Instructions

  1. Steam cauliflower for 8 minutes, either in a steaming basket over boiling water on the stove, or in its bag in the microwave (cut a hole in the bottom and drain excess water after cooking if using this method). Place steamed cauliflower in blender with butter and salt. Let sit for a few minutes while the butter melts and softens.

  2. Add the mayo and blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Loaded Cauliflower Mash Cauliflower Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 656mg29%
Potassium 748mg21%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 605IU12%
Vitamin C 101.1mg123%
Calcium 149mg15%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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