Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese and Thyme

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Whipped Cauliflower Gratin is a light and healthy vegetable side dish. This rich and creamy gluten free casserole recipe will lighten up your holiday meals, or add something delicious to a weeknight dinner.

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese and Thyme

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese and Thyme - a light and healthy but still rich and creamy vegetable side dish. Gluten free and low carb too! | cupcakesandkalechips.com

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Blogs are such dynamic things. I mean, obviously it’s not like a standard website that looks basically the same anytime you visit it. Every few days (or everyday for those amazing bloggers who can somehow manage that) there’s a new post, story, recipe, project, roundup, link party, or something else to read, make, or do. But since they are also usually created by one or a few people, they tend to evolve based on what is going on in the life or lives of the creator. I know of people who have developed allergies or changed their diets for one reason or another and transformed a general food blog into a gluten free or low carb or vegan blog. Food bloggers who spent years posting recipes are starting to incorporate a travel component into their blogs.

But the beauty of it is that these are our blogs, so they can become whatever we want them to become.

This past year, I had a lot going on in my personal life, plus I wanted to have some varied content on my blog that might be different from my typical recipes. I also thought it would be a nice opportunity to introduce these talented ladies to me readers, and maybe they would gain some new fans in the process.

But as we move into 2016, Cupcakes & Kale Chips is evolving a bit. I can’t thank these ladies enough for their help when I needed it. But I’m not going to be having regular recipe contributors next year. I have a really cool healthy recipe series with guest posters in January, I’ll still have the weekly roundups, and maybe you’ll see a guest appearance here and there, but for the most part, it’s going to be me. I want to bring back a more personal element that I feel was lost this past year as I was trying to just hang on for dear life after a major change that I had difficulty adjusting to.

So you’ll just have to follow their blogs to see all of their deliciousness (and my Facebook page, where I’ll feature them regularly). I want to thank my contributors and cohosts of this giveaway. Stop by and see them:

Nancy of The Bitter Side of Sweet | Stacey of Bake.Eat.Repeat. |  Brooke & Bri of Gluten Free Anonymous

Serene of House of Yumm |Joy of The Joyful Foodie | Tammi of Momma’s Meals | Linda of Brunch with Joy

Terri of Love and Confections | Bobbi of Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen | Nichole of Casa de Crews

And you can find out more ways to follow them by checking out the awesome giveaway we have going on down a little further in this post.

Now on Thursdays, instead of their recipes you’ll have little old me. Maybe a recipe, maybe a fitness post, maybe just catching up on life and sharing some of my favorite things. We’ll see where this goes. But one thing is for sure, you’ll probably see more cauliflower recipes

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese and Thyme - a light and healthy but still rich and creamy vegetable side dish. Gluten free and low carb too! | cupcakesandkalechips.com

I love whipped cauliflower gratin, I love goat cheese, so naturally I had to combine the two into Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese and Thyme.

And as much as I love my original version and my Horseradish Cheddar Whipped Cauliflower Gratin, this might actually be my favorite. The goat cheese adds that tangy flavor you’d expect, but it adds such a velvety texture too. And that little fresh, lemony note from the thyme is just perfect. It’s actually so simple you can make it any day of the week, but it really is worthy of a special meal.

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese and Thyme - a light and healthy but still rich and creamy vegetable side dish. Gluten free and low carb too! | cupcakesandkalechips.com

Or perhaps that velvety texture is because I made it in my Blendtec.

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese and Thyme - a light and healthy but still rich and creamy vegetable side dish. Gluten free and low carb too! | cupcakesandkalechips.com

What would you make first in a new Blendtec?

Buy a Blendtec now! I also love to bake this Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese and Thyme in my Corningware French White casserole dish.

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese and Thyme
4.9 from 10 votes

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese and Thyme

A light and healthy but still rich and creamy vegetable side dish. Gluten free and low carb too!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme plus additional thyme leaves for sprinkling on top, if desired

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F, and lightly coat a 2 quart casserole dish with oil or cooking spray.
  • Cut the cauliflower into large florets, discarding the tough stem, and steam over boiling water until very tender.
  • Drain thoroughly, and allow to cool slightly so that some of the excess moisture evaporates.
  • Place the cauliflower, Greek yogurt, egg, cheese, salt, and pepper into a blender or food processor, and process until smooth.
  • Stir in thyme.
  • Transfer the cauliflower to the prepared dish.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until heated through and browned on top. Sprinkle with additional fresh thyme leaves, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese and Thyme
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 752mg31%
Potassium 447mg13%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 385IU8%
Vitamin C 70.1mg85%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here are some more vegetable side dishes…

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And some from my friends…

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese and Thyme - a light and healthy but still rich and creamy vegetable side dish. Gluten free and low carb too! | cupcakesandkalechips.com
Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese and Thyme - a light and healthy but still rich and creamy vegetable side dish. Gluten free and low carb too! | cupcakesandkalechips.com

85 Comments
  1. Mandy

    I made this with dinner tonight and it was AMAZING. I used herbed goat cheese to add an extra kick and it worked beautifully! For the cauliflower I used steam-in-the-bag frozen, so prep only took five minutes. Extra points for the fact that my kids are currently inhaling their servings. Double win!

  2. Hanna

    This recipe looks AMAZING and I’m definitely going to try it! I would probably make a smoothie as my first Blendtec effort, to try and get my kids to eat something healthy!

  3. I use my best friend’s Blendtec when I am in LA, I would love to win one! First thing I would make is a Pineapple Whip, healthified! Nettie XXOO The Whipped Cauliflower gratin looks amazing!

  4. Kristen

    I would make this whipped cauliflower gratin! It sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Christmas dinner without overdoing it on the carbs. 🙂

  5. When I read the title of this I clicked through (from FB) and as I was clicking I said “YUM!” at the idea. And I love that’s how you started your post. Lol. Good for you for adding that personal touch back in and not being afraid to change the trajectory if slight of your blogs. As long as you stay true to yourself, your readers will follow. {And love this giveaway- I need one of these! I’d use it for soup!}

  6. Alexandra robertson

    Oh man! I would make this asap if I won because I am eating lower carb and sugar for health reasons and I loveeee goat cheese too! Yummm

  7. AlexisB

    5 stars
    I would make coconut milk. I have 2 of my children who are allergic to dairy and one who is lactose intolerant so I’m looking for an alternative.

      1. AlexisB

        I’ve made almond milk. It is really so much more tasty than the store bought stuff. Unfortunately, I’ve just found out my son is allergic to nuts so I’m rethinking my game plan here! LOL!

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