Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Recipe: Cauliflower Helper - the non-dairy version

There are some really yummy versions of Cauliflower Helper out there. AnnaMarie and Sam from the Lighter Side Facebook group recently made some. AnnaMarie even posted a picture that got me feeling quite hungry. The only problem is that most recipes you find for Cauliflower Helper contain cheese. Me and dairy are still not on friendly terms, so their recipes were totally out of the question. Rather than pout about life's cruelty in denying me cheesy goodness, I got creative and came up with a dairy-free version.

Wifezilla's No Dairy Cauliflower Helper

  • 2 lbs frozen cauliflower
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 6 oz portobello mushrooms - chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion - chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or butter if butter doesn't cause you problems)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (make your own if possible)
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • salt & pepper
  • additional coconut oil for cooking mushrooms if needed
  • chives (optional)
Brown ground beef. While beef is cooking, in a separate pan cook the 2 bags of cauliflower in coconut oil. When ground beef is done, remove from pan saving grease. Set ground beef aside. Cook onions in the beef drippings until caramelized. Add mushrooms and continue to cook until mushrooms are soft. Add a little coconut oil if needed. When cauliflower is cooked, add beef, onions and mushrooms and stir well. Then add mayo, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast. Stir and taste. Add additional seasonings if needed. I like a lot of pepper. Served topped with chopped chives.

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