WW Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower with Bacon
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.
Cheesy Cauliflower with Bacon Recipe Notes
This slow cooker cheesy bacon cauliflower 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.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Cheesy Cauliflower?
According to my calculations, each serving has only 55 calories and:
2 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
1 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Slow Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower Recipe
- 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
- Salt and pepper
- 1 can (10-¾ 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 1-½ to 2-½ 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 by Phyllis Good
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
How to Cut Cauliflower into Florets
If you like this recipe for Slow Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower you might also like:
- Slow Cooker Potato Cauliflower Soup
- Light Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower
- Slow Cooker Roasted Broccoli
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