Looking to make your vegetable side less boring? Broccoli and cauliflower in white sauce is a tasty alternative to steamed greens.
There’s broccoli and cauliflower.
And then there’s broccoli and cauliflower in creamy white sauce and topped with cheese.
What’s not to love, right?
If you’re looking for a change from steamed or boiled greens, then look no further than the gratin.
But isn’t this higher in calories than regular steamed greens?
But you don’t need to absolutely smother your veggies in white sauce and cheese.
(Although you can if you want to).
A little white sauce, a bit of mustard, some cheese and paprika will increase the calorie count compared to plain steamed greens but it will also increase the flavour count through the roof.
And if you’ve got kids or, ahem, a partner who won’t eat their vegetables, then a bit of extra flavour will help them enjoy their veggies more.
I know this one works well for my kids. They always go back for seconds.
This isn’t a true French gratin with layered vegetables and cream.
Instead, you take some partially cooked vegetables, mix them in white sauce that you’ve flavoured with a bit of mustard or other preferred flavourings, top it all with some cheese and bake it until the cheese is melted goodness.
White sauce is easy to make (click the link for the recipe or check out the video below), it’s just flour, butter and milk. To that, you can add cheese, spices, herbs or mustard for flavour.
Then mix in your veg and top with cheese.
Of course, you don’t have to use broccoli and cauliflower, you can use any vegetables you have on hand.
- 1/2 quantity of white sauce*
- 1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets
- 1/4 cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1/4 cup tasty cheese, grated plus extra for the top
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 tsp of paprika
- Make your white sauce and add the mustard, cheese and paprika. Stir to combine and melt the cheese.
- Steam broccoli and cauliflower until tender
- Place cauliflower and broccoli into baking dish. Pour the white sauce over vegetables and stir to combine. At this point, you can add as much or as little white as you like. I like just a little so the vegetables can still be tasted.
- Scatter some more grated cheese over the top and sprinkle with paprika.
- Bake in a moderately hot oven (180°C) until warmed through and cheese is bubbling. Alternatively, place under the griller until the cheese is golden.
Find out how to make white sauce here: https://www.frugalandthriving.com.au/roux-the-day-basic-white-sauce/
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g
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Melissa Goodwin has been writing about frugal living for 10+ year but has been saving her pennies since she first got pocket money. Prior to writing about frugal living, Melissa worked as an accountant. As well as a diploma of accounting, Melissa has an honours degree in humanities including writing and research and she studied to be a teacher and loves sharing the things that she has learned and helping others to achieve their goals. She has been preparing all her life to write about frugal living skills.