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Gooey Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Gooey Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Carolyn Howe


  • 1 large head cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces and placed in oiled 3-quart casserole

Sauce ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews

  • 1 cup veggie broth (1 cup water/½ tsp. “better than bouillon concentrate”)

  • 2 cup soy milk

  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

  • ¼ cup tapioca flour (no substitutes)

  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast

  • 1 tsp. onion powder

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

  • ½ tsp. turmeric

  • 1 ¼ tsp. salt


  • Blend in high-speed blender until smooth. I usually start with the cashews and broth, blending until smooth, then add in the rest and blend.

  • Pour into saucepan and heat, stirring often until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.

  • Pour over cauliflower in casserole and stir to coat.

  • Add optional topping if desired. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, check for doneness. Uncover and bake about 10 minutes to brown. Let sit 10 minutes to set up.

  • Mix melted margarine with cornflakes and sprinkle on top. Cover with foil as above.

Optional topping:

  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes

  • 1-2 tbsp. melted vegan margarine

I usually add meat alternatives to make this an all-in-one meal. I have successfully added Field Roast smoked apple and sage sausages/diced, browned Beyond Beef, or marinated soy curls. I am confident that marinated tempeh would also be tasty.

Do what you like! When I am feeling reckless, I sprinkle on a handful of vegan cheddar or even french-fried onions.


These two cashew recipes will make you happy, healthy and full

I have a new love and respect for cashew cream sauce.

My family of four has been vegan for 11 years. When I first became vegan, I avoided these rich sauces because I assumed all fats were unhealthy.

I have found my vegan journey to be a learning experience.

For example, I learned from Medical News Today that cashews are healthy in reasonable amounts In fact, there are many reasons to eat cashews.

Yes they make delicious creamy sauces, but they are good for you.

Cashews also:

  • contain heart-healthy fats and plant proteins.

  • provide antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and protect us from diseases.

  • have been shown to be beneficial to heart health, and help lower blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol.

  • improve artery health, making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots.

Because cashews are also low in sugar and rich in fiber, they can help you maintain a healthy weight. They do this by making a person feel full.

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