Cauliflower with Pimento “Cheese” and Parsley or Cilantro

Years ago, my mom went on a vacation to England.  While being served dinner one evening, she was surprised to notice that the main dish was a huge head of cauliflower with a topping of cheese.  She looked around for other main dishes, but no, that was it.  After the initial surprise, she reported that it was a delightful meal.

For those who are intrigued with this idea but would like to limit their intake of cheese, consider a cheese replacement recipe, called “Pimento Cheese.”  Just mix it up and pour it over the steamed cauliflower!

Pimento “Cheese” Sauce

Adrianna (5)anticipating cauliflower for dinner

Adrianna (5) anticipating cauliflower for dinner

Ingredients: 1 cup water, ½ cup pimento, 1 cup raw cashews or other nuts, 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon onion powder

Process ingredients in a blender until smooth. Chilling will make sauce thicker. Pour over steamed cauliflower.  Fresh parsley or cilantro placed around the head of cauliflower is a beautiful and tasty garnish.  Enjoy!

You may also use pimento cheese sauce over salads, cooked vegetables, pasta, rice, potatoes, pizza, lasagna or as a base for soup.  Add 2-3 tablespoons dried onion flakes after blending, if additional texture is desired.  Additional Option: Add 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast flakes.

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