This recipe comes from eating a similar dish that my mother-in-law makes. I haven’t asked her for her recipe specifics, but had beef marinating and some cauliflower one night, so I decided to give it a go. Now, I will say that I have played with it a bit and make it different ways but this is the general idea. Sometimes I add chicken broth or at least a bit of chicken bouillon when I add the final bit of cornstarch at the end.
This was a great dish with all of us. It is simple, and full of favorites: pasta, cauliflower, and bacon. The way the bacon is cooked with the bread crumbs makes for a crunchy, tasty topping. We ate it with the topping initially but still had some pasta left without the topping. I didn’t mind using it up because it was easy to make more and helped leftovers feel fresh again.
This week I will be showing a few new Indian meals I made recently. None of these are strictly traditional. For instance, today’s dish should include green peas, but I didn’t have any, so I did it without. If you have some, feel free to throw them in. I also added egg on top to add a protein.
Thanks to my Aunt V who clipped an article for me from the Washington Post (a while ago), I found a version of this recipe which inspired me. I had cauliflower, but that was about it. Most of the rest of the ingredients were random things that I wanted to change. So, here is an easy weeknight all-in-one meal which still manages to be healthy. (More so if you use whole wheat pasta.)
Even though I used cauliflower, I could see using broccoli instead. You could probably even use other veggies, but that would be the easiest swap. Likewise, you could use a different nut instead of hazelnuts. But, my hazelnuts were (technically) expired–I had been using whole ones and forgot about these chopped ones. They were still fine, and this way I got to use them and not waste them.
On Friday I referenced this recipe. Or, at least, I teased that there would be an awesome recipe to pair with those cheddar buttermilk biscuits. Hopefully lobster bisque was worth waiting for; especially a healthy one! I came across a recipe for Creamy Cauliflower Sauce from Pinch of Yum and it was perfect timing after we had just eaten a soup at a restaurant which was basically this sauce. I told K I could make it for him. He also requested a bisque. He did not care what kind, but said he wanted seafood in it. I did a little research to see what was involved for a bisque. There were lots of recipes that used cooked lobster meat, and I am sure they are fine, but if I am going to make a bisque, I wanted to do it fully. Lobster popped in my mind because of my goals, and I know that lobster is actually good for you.
This is a great weeknight meal when you want something comforting that tastes like it took forever to make. With my husband K helping with prep, things went really quickly. We also really like making cauliflower this way. It is easy and makes it taste sweet!