cauliflower and broccoli bake

This week I had a continuous craving for healthy food. I was always hungry for fresh fruit, nice seasonal vegetables, no sugar and no fried stuff. However I have noticed that this period never lasts for more than 5 days and always ends with me preparing something decadent and fatty that completely cancels the benefits of my 5 day healthy diet. So, this Sunday,  apart from eating half of Laurens cake and almost all her cookies, ( about 1kg of cake and around 15 cookies), I had to cook some beautiful vegetables my grandfather brought from the farm. My mind was only thinking about how to make this fresh healthy cauliflower and broccoli that I had in front of me into something heart attack worthy. If you are interested in a cheesy, savory, comforting recipe read on. Otherwise you can steam them and eat them with lemon and olive oil.

Ingredients
-600gr broccoli (cut in bite size pieces)
-750gr cauliflower (cut in bite size pieces)
-1 onion (chopped finely)
-50gr butter
-3tbs flour
-100gr bacon (cut in small pieces)
-400ml milk
-120gr parmesan
-120gr cheddar(grated)
-1/3tsp nutmeg(grated)
-1tsp paprika
-1tsp dijon mustard
-salt and pepper

Directions

1.Place the cut brocoli and cauliflower in a steamer or pot of boiling water and cook for about 5 mins. I like the vegetables to be crispy in texture and since they cook in the baking process as well i steam them to be really al dente.
2.Melt the butter in a sauce pan on medium heat and add the chopped bacon. Cook until the fat melts about 5 minutes.
3.Add the chopped onion and cook until soft and translucent about 10 mins.
4.Add the flour 1TBS at a time stirring continuously.
5.Start adding the milk in a slow steady stream stirring continuously so that the mixture doesnt curdle.
6.Keep some of the grated cheeses (abt 20 gr of each)
7.Add the nutmeg, mustard, paprika, salt, pepper, cheddar and parmesan and cook stirring regularly until all the cheese has melted and incorporated into a smooth sauce.
8.Place the vegetables in a Pyrex or ceramic baking dish, pour the sauce over them and mix everything together. Test for seasoning and adjust to your liking.
9.Sprinkle the reserved cheese on top and bake in a preheated oven at 220 for 30-35 minutes. Enjoy.

Tips:

Broccoli and cauliflower can basically be eaten raw and add a nice crunch to some salads or noodle dishes if added almost uncooked.

– mel

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