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Cauliflower “Mock” Mac-n-Cheese

Mac ‘n Cheese – It’s classic; it’s comforting; kids as well as adults love it!  By simply swapping out cauliflower for the pasta, you add nutrition as well as cut carbs.  The cauliflower actually gives it a little crunch and it will still satisfy that melted cheesy craving. 

In true Texas fashion, I like to add chopped jalapenos for that “heat” factor in your mouth.  (Determined by how many seeds and how much membrane you leave).  The dried mustard lends a kick without overwhelm. 

I use dried onion flakes for easy preparation, but you can also saute ¼ cup of fresh red onions for a little color. 

Try it!  You may be surprised how you love it!

Cauliflower "Mock" Mac-n-Cheese


  • head cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • cup half-and-half or whole milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • 1 tbsp dried onion flakes
  • 1 jalapeno finely-chopped
  • cup shredded cheese, divided


  • Steam bite sized cauliflower in small amount of water for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from pan.
  • Melt butter, stir in flour and 1/2 and 1/2 and stir until thickened. ( if gets too thick, simply add more milk)
  • Add garlic, mustard, and onion flakes
  • Add finely chopped jalapeño
  • Stir in 1 cup of cheese
  • Add in cauliflower and stir.
  • Pour into an oven proof container, top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake for 10 minutes.