Easy cheesy cauliflower ... and broccoli

An easy cheesy cauliflower

Why would anyone need a recipe for cauliflower cheese I hear you ask. Well, why not? This site is a bit of a family notebook for our favourite recipes, and this certainly is one of those. It’s also not quite a normal cauliflower cheese. It’s not just the broccoli, but it’s also the lack of a white sauce. We just use a sprinkle of Parmesan and mozzarella, and everyone’s happy.

Quick and crispy chickpea and cauliflower

Quick roasted chickpeas and cauliflower

Roasted garlic, baked chickpeas, crispy cauliflower, sweet roasted capsicum: what a combination. Best of all, if you have chickpeas ready to go, it’s a good quick dish to bake; and it’s perfect for someone dining alone. I guess it could be a side dish in a main meal, but I think it’s far too good for that. So we make it for lunch or even brunch.

Spicy cauliflower with green peas

Our tasty rice: spicy cauliflower with peas

Cauliflower is a serious substitute for rice and even mashed potato for some people in our family. But this Indian-derived dish is not only a substitute, it is delicious in its own right. We’ve moved from it being a pragmatic and lesser replacement for rice, to a side dish worthy of its own place at the table.

Cauliflower with greens, masquerading as mashed potato

Cauliflower masquerading as mashed potato

What do you do when you need mashed potato to go with dinner, but you are being visited by someone who will not contemplate calories like that in the evening? Simple, you use cauliflower. It’s also just as good for the soul as potato, not to mention soaking up the juices and sauces from the rest of the meal.