Low Carbohydrate Thanksgiving: Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Happy (Almost) Thanksgiving!

In honor of our upcoming national holiday, I’ve decided to share a recipe with you that could allow you to EAT MORE for less carbohydrates. If you’re diabetic, this is probably going to make your day.

Thanksgiving Dinner = Notorious for Carbohydrate Load

  • Turkey – non carb
  • Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Corn Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Cheesy Potato Casserole, Homemade Rolls, Egg Noodles, Gravy, Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potato Casserole –  all carbs

Gosh… That’s not looking too promising to a diabetic. Maybe for Thanksgiving a person with diabetes can just pretend like they don’t have diabetes. It’s a holiday – so I’m sure their pancreas would understand. Wrong.

There’s no way that your body is going to magically start working because it’s a holiday. If you have diabetes and you choose to eat too many carbohydrates on Thanksgiving, you’re likely to have a high blood sugar as a result.

A high blood sugar brings on symptoms like irritability, tiredness, and headache. Is that how you want to be feeling on the one day you get to see your entire family?

Problem: Too many carbohydrate dishes, not enough will power to resist it.

Solution: Use substitutions to turn a traditional carbohydrate dish into am equally delicious NON-CARBOHYDRATE dish for you to have (in excess) with everyone else.

Try this dish instead of your typical potato casserole. It’s got no carbohydrate ingredients except for the little bit of milk – so you can have at it!

Cheesy  Potato Cauliflower Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 C water
  • Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper
  • 2/3 C Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 C Shredded Mozzerella Cheese
  • 1/2 C Milk

Directions:

  1. Cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces and put into a microwave safe container with 1/2 C water. Microwave on HIGH for 8 minutes covered. This will steam the cauliflower. You may need to add more time if cauliflower is not tender enough after 8 minutes.
  2. Once cauliflower is tender, drain water.
  3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add Milk.
  4. Take a fork, two knives, or a masher and mash the cauliflower with milk.
  5. Add Cheddar Cheese and stir. Microwave on high for another 2-4 minutes.
  6. Remove and top with Mozzarella cheese.
  7. Place casserole dish under the broiler (uncovered) for 3 minutes or until cheese is brown and bubbling on top. Serve.

A Note to the Diabetics:  This would be considered a “free” dish. It’s very delicious. Leave the potato casserole ingredients at the store and grab some cauliflower instead. You can do it!

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