Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Bake

The BEST way to make veggies. So cheesy and creamy, but it's healthy! My new favorite veggie dish!

Say YES to veggies!

Especially if those veggies involve a creamy garlic cheese sauce that melts into them and makes them ooze goodness in every bite. And wait for it… a crispy and crunchy panko topping! This is what veggies were designed for. They were born to be smothered in white sauce.

It is their destiny

The BEST way to make veggies. So cheesy and creamy, but it's healthy! My new favorite veggie dish!

The other day, I was thinking about the meals Kyle and I usually eat on repeat. We like to experiment, obviously, but we have a few safety dinners like chicken/sweet potato bakes, steak with mac and cheese, lemon shrimp orzo, and panko-crusted salmon. Where are the veggies? Usually in the form of a boring salad that is literally just that, salad leaves. Sometime we branch out and will bake some brussels sprouts, but for the most part, our veggie intake is pretty dull.

No more I say!  

The BEST way to make veggies. So cheesy and creamy, but it's healthy! My new favorite veggie dish!

Not only is this recipe easy as pie (mhmm, pie), but it comes together relatively quickly and make the whole house smell delicious! While baking in the oven, the cauliflower melts into the cheese sauce and the broccoli collects it in its florets till it’s just saturated with deliciousness. Also, do I call them florets? Mini-tree leaves? Broccoli afro? I don’t know, man, all I know is that even your picky eaters will LOVE this!  

More cheese, please.

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Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Bake
 
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Super cheesy and with a crispy panko breadcrumb topping. This recipe will convert any picky-eater into a veggie lover!
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 2 tbsps flour
  • 1⅓ cup milk (I used nonfat)
  • ¾ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ cup whipped cream cheese
  • 1 head broccoli, roughly chopped
  • ½ head cauliflower, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the panko, cheddar cheese, and parsley. Mix to combine, then drizzle on the olive oil and stir till the topping is evenly coated.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and cook the garlic till fragment, about 30-45 seconds. Whisk in the flour and bring to a boil. Add in the milk and whisk constantly so no lumps form. Bring to a soft boil, then add in garlic salt. Reduce heat and let thicken for 5-7 minutes. Add in the cream cheese and stir till melted.
  4. Stir the broccoli and cauliflower into the white sauce and coat completely. Pour into a greased 1½ quart baking dish and cover with the panko topping.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until vegetable are cooked through and the topping is golden.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙th recipe Calories: 175 Fat: 9.5g Saturated fat: 3.4g Carbohydrates: 18g Sugar: 3.1g Fiber: 5g Protein: 7.7g Cholesterol: 14mg

 

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  1. says

    Hahaha broccoli afro!! Perfect word for it, seriously. And YUM, you know I love anything broccoli/cauliflower inspired!! Looks like a super delish recipe. I wouuuuld try to replicate it with vegan cheese, but vegan cheese kinda sucks. Maybe I will make it will my “healthy” alfredo sauce ;) yeah yeah! Happy Friday!
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  2. Leah Lusk says

    Delicious recipe! My only suggestion is add a little more salt to the sauce to bring out the flavors while it’s cooking. The dish kind of blended together and needed a little more seasoning in my opinion but very yummy !
    • says

      I completely agree! Salt brings out all the other flavors and a poorly-seasoned dish can really bring down the quality! I’m glad you know that and adapted the recipe to your tastebuds :).

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