Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Bake

Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Bake: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

Growing up I was not a big vegetable eater. One of the only ways my mom could get me to eat my vegetables was to leave them raw and let me dip them in ranch dressing. Then some frozen vegetable company came out with frozen vegetables in a cheese sauce, which I kind of liked and would eat without fuss.

Now I have decided that making my own vegetables in cheese sauce is so much better than any frozen kind. It not only tastes better, but is probably better for you, since you know exactly what is going into the cheese sauce.

Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Bake


  • 1 cup panko bread crumb
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 2/3 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 heads broccoli, roughly chopped
  • 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the panko, cheddar cheese and parsley. Drizzle the olive oil over top and stir to evenly coat.
  3. In a large pot, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  4. Whisk in the flour and continue to whisk until the mixture starts to bubble.
  5. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly. Bring the mixture to a low boil and add in the garlic powder, while still whisking.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and let thicken while whisking or stirring constantly, about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Add in the cream cheese and stir until melted and remove from the heat.
  8. Add the broccoli and cauliflower to the white cheese sauce and stir to completely coat.
  9. Pour the mixture into the prepare baking dish. Sprinkle the panko topping over top of the vegetables.
  10. Bake for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked and the panko is starting to turn golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12

Amount Per Serving

Calories 175

Total Fat


Saturated Fat


Polyunsaturated Fat


Monounsaturated Fat


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Total Carbohydrates


Dietary Fiber






Vitamin A 15.2% Vitamin C 192.4%

Calcium 13.9% Iron 6.9%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.

*Adapted from Apple of My Eye.
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