(Weight Watchers Friendly Crock Pot Cooking Day 166)
It’s easy for me to fall into a rut where preparing vegetables are concerned.
So, when it came time to cook a huge head of cauliflower that had been sitting in the fridge for a while, I went out looking for a new way to prepare it.
Of course, I wanted something easy that I could make in the crock pot.
This slow cooker cheesy cauliflower with bacon caught my eye, so I decided to give it a try.
And then I remembered how Mom would toss a couple slices of American cheese into her pot of just drained cauliflower to melt back when I was a kid.
Unfortunately, most cheese doesn’t hold up well to long hours in the crock pot.
Condensed cheddar cheese soup is another story.
I realize cooking with canned soup is totally uncool with the 100% real foods and trendy, hip cooking crowds, but I don’t care. I’ve never been cool and cooking with canned soup can be fun and easy. And I’ve reached the age where cooking needs to be fun and easy if I’m to keep doing it 🙂
With just 4 ingredients, this slow cooker cheesy cauliflower is an easy, delicious side dish that requires minimal effort. Just toss everything into the crock pot and let it cook for a few hours, until the cauliflower is tender.
If you’re looking for a tasty way to get your family to eat more vegetables, this slow cooker cheesy cauliflower may just be the trick. Who can resist cheese and bacon? Even Rod, who isn’t a huge cauliflower fan, thought it was good.
The most difficult part this recipe is cutting the cauliflower into florets. I’ve included a video at the end of the post to help with the fear factor, but if it seems like too much work, you could always use frozen cauliflower instead.
- 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets (or 16 ounces frozen cauliflower)
- Salt and pepper
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) light condensed cheddar cheese soup (I used Campbell's Healthy Request)
- 1 tablespoon instant tapioca (for thickening)
- ¼ cup crumbled real bacon bits
- Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 3 to 4-Quart
- Grease the inside of your slow cooker.
- Place the cauliflower in your slow cooker.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Stir together the soup and tapioca and spoon over the cauliflower. Sprinkle with the crumbled bacon bits.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours or on LOW for 4 to 5 hours, or until the cauliflower is tender.
Source: adapted from Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes!
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*PointsPlus® for slow cooker cheesy cauliflower calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
How to Cut Cauliflower into Florets
Today’s food for thought…
“I have a firm believe that food and life are really simple, we just insist on complicating them.”
~ Christie Jordan (Southern Plate)
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