Enjoy Milk Again with Creamy Cauliflower Gratin…This Might Change Your Life

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Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

I grew up on milk. Milk with breakfast, milk with lunch, milk with dinner. Milk in casseroles, milk in mashed potatoes, milk in cream soups. You get the picture. So it was extremely disappointing to me when after the birth of my third baby and guzzling milk through the entire pregnancy, that my body decided it didn’t love milk very much. Gas and bloat were my new best friend and lactose pills followed quickly after. New forms of milk substitutes featuring nuts and soybeans filled my refrigerator and drowned my cereals. My discomfort was gone, but I still longed for the creamy milk I grew up with that came from local dairy farmers and adorable farm cows. (Yes, I said adorable! I love cows!)

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So you can imagine my surprise when I learned that the milk we’ve been drinking for years has developed a new strain of protein called A1 that causes digestive discomfort in people. This protein is in all cows’ milk sold in stores today, including even organic cows’ milk. I didn’t even know that milk has different types of protein!

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans have some type of discomfort after drinking milk (including myself!) yet only 3-4% are actually diagnosed with lactose intolerance? Those with milk sensitivities are then forced to turn to nut and soy based milk substitutes and can only dream of having milk again. The a2 Milk Company™ has solved that problem, however. a2 Milk® farmers have figured out a way to raise cows with only the A2 protein that cows are meant to have. These cows are raised on natural diets in the most humane way and are never given hormones. The A1 protein that cows have nowadays is actually a genetic mutation that has developed over time. Genetic mutation! No wonder we have these tummy troubles!

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

I decided to partner with The a2 Milk Company™ to create a tummy friendly and healthy recipe that those with milk sensitivities and even IBS issues can enjoy. This Creamy Cauliflower Gratin is loaded with belly friendly cauliflower, thinly sliced sweet onions and plenty of rich lowfat milk featuring the True a2™ milk from The a2 Milk Company™. It is topped with sourdough bread crumbs, which is easier to digest than typical white bread. Nutritional yeast is used in place of parmesan cheese to avoid adding any other strains of protein back in to the casserole by using other milk products other than a2 Milk®. The result was a creamy dreamy cauliflower casserole that was loved by my entire family, including every single picky eater and finicky shark.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

If you would like to learn more about The a2 Milk Company™, you can check out their website here and you can find it in stores here.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

If you would like to make this delicious veggie casserole, you can find the recipe below. Enjoy!

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

[For the Casserole]
1 head cauliflower roughly chopped, about 5-6 cups
2 small white onions, sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tb olive oil
1/3 cup flour
2 cups a2 Milk®, lowfat milk
1 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
[For the Crumb Topping]
4 slices sourdough bread, torn in pieces
1 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 Tb olive oil

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Preheat the oven to 400F. Spray a 12×8″ or 13×9″ baking pan or casserole dish with cooking spray. Add a small amount of water to a large pot and add the cauliflower. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and boil/steam until cauliflower is just tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

In a food processer, place the torn bread slices, and crumb topping seasonings. Pulse until bread resembles a fine crumb. Stream in 1 Tb olive oil and pulse. Set aside.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 Tb olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sliced onions. Cook and stir until onions are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and seasonings. Cook until fragrant.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Add in the flour and stir until onions are well coated with the flour.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Slowly stir in the a2 Milk®. Reduce heat to medium low and stir until slightly thickened. Stir in the nutritional yeast flakes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Remove from heat and stir in the cooked cauliflower.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Pour mixture into prepare baking pan or casserole dish. Top with reserved herbed bread crumbs.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Bake, uncovered, at 400F for 25-30 minutes, until bread crumbs are golden and cauliflower is bubbly. Cool slightly and serve with your favorite meal.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

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Enjoy Milk Again with Creamy Cauliflower Gratin…This Might Change Your Life

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 265 calories

Fat 5 g

Carbs 43 g

Protein 14 g

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Enjoy Milk Again with Creamy Cauliflower Gratin…This Might Change Your Life

Ingredients

    For the Casserole

  • 1 head cauliflower roughly chopped, about 5-6 cups
  • 2 small white onions, sliced thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups a2 Milk®, lowfat milk
  • 1 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • For the Crumb Topping

  • 4 slices sourdough bread, torn in pieces
  • 1 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tb olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Spray a 12×8″ or 13×9″ baking pan or casserole dish with cooking spray. Add a small amount of water to a large pot and add the cauliflower. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and boil/steam until cauliflower is just tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a food processer, place the torn bread slices, and crumb topping seasonings. Pulse until bread resembles a fine crumb. Stream in 1 Tb olive oil and pulse. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 Tb olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sliced onions. Cook and stir until onions are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and seasonings. Cook until fragrant.
  4. Add in the flour and stir until onions are well coated with the flour.
  5. Slowly stir in the a2 Milk®. Reduce heat to medium low and stir until slightly thickened. Stir in the nutritional yeast flakes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Remove from heat and stir in the cooked cauliflower.
  6. Pour mixture into prepare baking pan or casserole dish. Top with reserved herbed bread crumbs.
  7. Bake, uncovered, at 400F for 25-30 minutes, until bread crumbs are golden and cauliflower is bubbly. Cool slightly and serve with your favorite meal.

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaccioli Bake

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaciolli Bake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’m all for stuffing my family with veggies. Especially beautiful ones. And what better time than when veggies are abundant in the stores and wonderfully priced. Hey, we all love a thrifty meal right?

I had an indecisive moment of making baked mostaccioli or veggie gratin one evening.

And so became the birth of this wonderful dish.

This Mostaccioli Dish is unique in a Veggie Gratin kind of way. That’s because it’s a Veggie Gratin married to Cheese Mostaccioli! It’s layers of pasta and vegetables covered in a rich cheese sauce.

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaciolli Bake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And did I mention this is topped with white cheddar buttery crackers and cheese???

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaciolli Bake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And every bite is a delectable one with vitamin packed veggies and calcium rich cheeses. (Shhh, the kids don’t need to know it’s good for them.)

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaciolli Bake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaccioli Bake

Ingredients:

10 oz dry Mostaccioli pasta
4 carrots, sliced 1/4″
2 zucchini, sliced 1/4″
1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
5 Tb butter
5 Tb flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 2/3 cups lowfat milk
2 cups Colby Jack cheese, shredded, divided
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 cup lowfat cottage cheese
2/3 cup cheddar style baked crackers, crushed

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Prepare the pasta according to package directions. When the pasta is done, remove it with a slotted spoon and set aside.

While the pasta is cooking, prepare the carrots, zucchini and cauliflower and set aside.

Add the vegetables to the boiling pasta water after the pasta has been removed. Cook 5 minutes and drain well.

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaciolli Bake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

In a separate large pot set over medium heat, melt the butter.

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaciolli Bake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Add the flour and stir to combine to create a thick roux. Cook 2 minutes.

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaciolli Bake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Carefully pour in the milk and add 1 cup of shredded Colby jack and all of the parmesan cheese and seasonings. Stir well and heat through.

Stir in the cooked pasta.

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaciolli Bake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Spray a large casserole dish or 13×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.

Spread 1/3 of the pasta and cheese mixture over the bottom.

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaciolli Bake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Top with 1/3 of the vegetables.

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaciolli Bake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Then top with 1/3 of the cottage cheese.

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaciolli Bake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Repeat the layers twice more. Top with crushed white cheddar or butter crackers.

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaciolli Bake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bake covered at 350F until hot and bubbly, about 40-45 minutes.

Carefully remove from the oven and uncover.

Sprinkle with remaining cup of cheese and let rest for 10 minutes.

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaciolli Bake (2)

Serve with a crisp green salad if desired and some Twisted Cheesy Breadsticks.

Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaccioli Bake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 571 calories

Fat 29 g

Carbs 47 g

Protein 31 g

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Veggie Gratin Cheesy Mostaccioli Bake

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 15

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 10 oz dry Mostaccioli pasta
  • 4 carrots, sliced 1/4″
  • 2 zucchini, sliced 1/4″
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 5 Tb butter
  • 5 Tb flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 2/3 cups lowfat milk
  • 2 cups Colby Jack cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup lowfat cottage cheese
  • 2/3 cup cheddar style baked crackers, crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare the pasta according to package directions. When the pasta is done, remove it with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the carrots, zucchini and cauliflower and set aside.
  4. Add the vegetables to the boiling pasta water after the pasta has been removed. Cook 5 minutes and drain well.
  5. In a separate large pot set over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and stir to combine to create a thick roux. Cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Carefully pour in the milk and add 1 cup of shredded Colby, the parmesan cheese and seasonings. Stir well and heat through. Stir in the cooked pasta.
  7. Spray a large casserole dish or 13×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  8. Spread 1/3 of the pasta and cheese mixture over the bottom. Top with 1/3 of the vegetables. Then top with 1/3 of the cottage cheese. Repeat the layers twice more. Top with crushed white cheddar or butter crackers.
  9. Bake covered at 350F until hot and bubbly, about 40-45 minutes.
  10. Carefully remove from the oven and uncover. Sprinkle with remaining cup of cheese and let rest for 10 minutes.

Notes

Serve with a crisp green salad if desired and some breadsticks.