Low Carb Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake

Close up of Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake with parsley and breadcrumb topping. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake on plate with casserole dish in background.  It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake is a creamy, hearty, scrumptious dish.  It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it’s baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish!

We have all heard of Cordon Bleu, right?  Most likely Chicken Cordon Bleu is the most familiar recipe.  Veal Cordon Bleu is also a popular and traditional way to prepare this dish.  However, why not Cauliflower?  The cauliflower takes on the role of both the ‘meat’ and the starch, so no other rice or pasta is even needed.  

Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake bite on fork with plate and casserole dish in background. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cauliflower is a Super Source for Fiber & Vitamins 

Cauliflower is not only versatile, it’s a great Low-Carb diet food full of health benefits!  While it’s low in carbs, it’s high in Fiber and contains so many vitamins and minerals.  Cauliflower is a Cruciferous Veggie, just like Broccoli and Kale, which we all know are extremely good for us.  So, it also contains important Antioxidants which can help to reduce the risk for heart disease and may have anti-cancer effects.  

Head of cauliflower for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Try these other delicious and healthy Cauliflower recipes:

Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake with parsley and breadcrumb topping. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

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PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CAULIFLOWER CORDON BLEU

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

This is one of those casseroles that you can make in 2 stages or make entirely ahead and reheat.  If you want this as a side dish, you could cut the recipe in half.  

It starts with an entire head of cauliflower.  Cut the head of cauliflower in half and then quarters. Cut out the core and discard. Then cut off into bite-size florets.

Knife cutting cauliflower head in half for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Knife cutting cauliflower for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cauliflower florets in bowl for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Next, you can prep ahead all of the other ingredients…mince the garlic, shred the gruyere, chop the parsley, dice the ham.  For the ham, I used leftover ham from Easter, but you can ask your deli for some thick slices of ham and use that to dice up into bite-size pieces. 

Diced Ham for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

At this point, you can store the prepared ingredients in the fridge or continue on to put everything together and bake.

COOK YOUR CAULIFLOWER CORDON BLEU 

You will need a 9×13 Casserole Dish or similar size for the full recipe.

In the casserole dish, start by mixing the cold milk with the cornstarch until dissolved. Then add in the broth, then cheese, parsley, and ham. Add the cauliflower florets and mix to combine.

Adding cornstarch to milk for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Broth being poured into dish for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Diced Ham, parsley, and sauce in dish for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Adding cauliflower florets to casserole for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Raw Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake in dish. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Bake in a 350 F degree oven for 50 minutes covered. Then remove the cover, stir, and bake for another 10 minutes uncovered. 

While the cauliflower Cordon Bleu is baking, make the topping.  I make my own gluten free breadcrumbs by using a slice of gluten free bread and blending it in a food processor. 

Mix it with the cheese, parsley, and a dash of salt and pepper.  Remove the bake from the oven and sprinkle the topping all over top.  Put it back in the oven to bake for the final 10 minutes until the topping is crispy and golden.

 bread pieces in food processor for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Breadcrumbs, cheese, and parsley topping in bowl for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Hand sprinkling topping on Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes 

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Close up of Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake with parsley and breadcrumb topping. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake with parsley and breadcrumb topping. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
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Low Carb Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake

Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake is a creamy, hearty, scrumptious dish.  It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, French
Keyword casserole, cauliflower, gluten free, low carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 cup diced ham 6-8 ounces
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 3 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 cup Veggie Broth
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Parsley, chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups gruyere, shredded about 16oz for this and topping

Topping

  • 1 Slice Gluten Free Bread
  • 1 tbsp Parsley
  • 1/4 cup Gruyere, shredded
  • 1/8 tsp Salt just a dash
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Pepper just a dash

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Cut the head of cauliflower in half and then quarters.  Cut out the core and discard.  Then cut off into bite-size florets.

    Cauliflower florets in bowl for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  2. Mince the garlic.  Shred the gruyere.  Chop the parsley.  Dice the ham.

    Diced Ham for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  3. At this point, you can store the prepared ingredients in the fridge or continue on to put everything together and bake.

Cook your Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.  You will need a 9x13 Casserole Dish or similar size.

  2. In the casserole dish, start by mixing the cold milk with the cornstarch until dissolved.  Then add in the broth, then cheese, parsley, and ham.  

    Diced Ham, parsley, and sauce in dish for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  3. Add the cauliflower florets and mix to combine.  Bake in the oven for 50 minutes covered.

    Raw Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake in dish. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  4. While the cauliflower Cordon Bleu is baking, make the topping.  Make bread crumbs using a slice of gluten free bread and blending it in a food processor.  Mix it with the cheese, parsley, and a dash of salt and pepper.

    Breadcrumbs, cheese, and parsley topping in bowl for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  5. Remove the bake from the oven and sprinkle the topping all over top.  Put it back in the oven to bake for the final 10 minutes until the topping is crispy and golden.

    Hand sprinkling topping on Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

 

 

 

 

Glorious Cauliflower “Rice” Bowl with Spinach & Ham

I am such a fan of cauliflower “rice”! I tried it for the first time about a year ago with skepticism that cauliflower could taste like rice. But it does – really. You can turn it into a Chinese Fried Rice dish or even a Kale and Feta Mediterranean Rice dish as I have done here: Mediterranean Flank Steak with Kale & Feta Cauliflower Rice

In this Rice Bowl, the cauliflower rice takes on a creamy, almost risotto-like texture because it is cooked in a veggie broth that is reduced down. It has both amazing flavors and textures from the scallion, carrots, spinach, ham, turmeric, and cumin.

The bonus to all of these amazing flavors are the health benefits! You get the vitamins and nutrients from the veggies, but also the spices bring added benefits. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory so not only does it bring flavor and color, but it also has healing benefits.

The flavors, textures, vitamins, nutrients, and anti-inflammatory benefits make this one- Glorious-Rice-Bowl!

 

Glorious Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Spinach, Ham, & Turmeric

In this dish, the cauliflower rice takes on a creamy, almost risotto-like texture because it is cooked in a veggie broth that is reduced down. It has both amazing flavors and textures from the scallion, carrots, spinach, ham, turmeric, and cumin.  The bonus to all of these amazing flavors are the health benefits! You get the vitamins and nutrients from the veggies, but also the spices bring added benefits. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory so not only does it bring flavor and color, but it also has healing benefits.  The flavors, textures, vitamins, nutrients, and anti-inflammatory benefits make this one- Glorious-Rice-Bowl! 

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 cups blended raw cauliflower about 1/2 of a head
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallion
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots 1 Large Carrot
  • 2 cups loose baby spinach leaves
  • 1 Tbls Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Cup Veggie Broth
  • 1 Tbls Butter
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Salt & Pepper to taste
  2. Cut the florets off the cauliflower head and puree about half of them in a food processor until pieces are the size of rice. You will need 2 cups of the rice.
  3. Slice scallions to get 1/2 cup
  4. Dice Ham to get 1 cup
  5. Shred a large carrot on the large hole side of a grater to get 1/2 cup
  6. Heat a large skillet on high heat and add 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Add the carrots, cauliflower, ham, and scallions to the skillet and stir. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes, stirring every couple minutes.
  7. Add 1/2 cup veggie broth to the cauliflower mixture, along with the turmeric, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the liquid down until creamy, about 5-7 minutes.
  8. Add the spinach leaves and mix until wilted.
  9. Finish mixing in the butter.