Veggies

I had an absolute blast this past weekend and will try and figure out if any of the pics are appropriate for the blog :)

It has been a while since I posted a new recipe, partly because I haven’t cooked anything new in a while.  Sad, I know.  I had some time to catch up on my reading this weekend on the beach and found this recipe in Cooking Light.  I was free tonight so here ya go.

I will preface the recipe and let you know that I am a huge veggie lover (I know that some of you aren’t so maybe this will help).  I wanted a veggie dinner and this seemed heavy enough to fill me up and I wanted to change it up from my regular “plain” steamed or sautéed stuff.  

Crispy Topped Brussel Sprouts and Cauliflower Gratin

It took a little bit of prep work. Cutting the cauliflower and brussel sprouts were kind of a pain…save time and boil the water while you chop.

I didn’t really want to add bacon but realized it was probably needed for flavor.  I used a little bit and probably should have used more (I think I will try pancetta next time-I think it is stronger than bacon and I like the crunchiness of it).  It smelled amazing…garlic, onion, and bacon!
I then added the milk/half and half mixture and the cooked veggies.  I used skim because that is what I had on hand.  I also subbed whole wheat flour for white and I think the sauce thickened just fine.  
 I wish I would have read the reviews before cooking but one cook suggests baking uncovered for crispier veggies.  I baked covered for 20 minutes, added the parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs and then broiled on high heat for 5 minutes.  Not gonna lie, it would be even better with more bread crumbs and cheese, but that somewhat defeats the point, right?
I bought precut Butternut Squash (love me some Trader Joe’s) and steamed it, added cinnamon and a little butter and mashed it up for a nice additional side.  Tasted just like a sweet potato!  

Overall it was really good.  As I said before, the bacon would’ve added a bit more flavor but I still loved it.   It was also okay to sub skim milk and whole wheat flour.  
Hope you enjoy it too and have another way to try out some new veggies!
Any veggie you dislike and want me to find a recipe to disguise it? 

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