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Mac & Cheese fans will love this vegetable-centric bubbling dish of pure comfort food. It is nourishing winter fare that requires just a handful of ingredients and bakes up in a flash. Serve it with a light green salad or round out the casserole with shredded chicken.
This dish can be conveniently prepared a day in advance and baked when needed.
1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
1 large orange cauliflower
1 cup (250 mL) 15% cream
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt and pepper
2 cups (500 mL) grated Colby or Cheddar cheese, divided
2 1/2 cups (625 mL) cooked split red lentils
6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
Quick Tip: Use white cauliflower instead and pair with a sharp white cheddar.
Aimée Wimbush-Bourque is a Montreal award-winning food writer and cookbook author. She is mother to three children, two cats, and six brown hens and is passionate about family food culture, world travel, and modern-day homesteading. She writes at Simple Bites (www.simplebites.net) and her second cookbook, The Simple Bites Kitchen, will be released in Fall 2017.