There’s something about casseroles that are so comforting. Maybe because you can eat it out of a bowl? Or you can get a little bit of everything in each bite? Or maybe because the sink isn’t full of dishes when you’re done? Who knows! Who cares!
Though this casserole isn’t full of the starchy carb-y (is that a word?) fillers you’re used to seeing in casseroles, it’s just as satisfying! It can be altered to your family’s tastes and level of “clean eating” (i.e. level 10 “hard core purist” vs level 7 “let’s be real: I have kids”).
This is one I like for the cleaner version:
2 heads of cauliflower (or 2 bags of frozen florets) **
1 lb of lean spicy turkey sausage (or hot Italian sausage if you’re a Level 7 like me)
2 cups of kale or spinach (or mix!)
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste
- If using fresh cauliflower, cut off the florets and steam or boil until fork tender. If using frozen cauliflower, microwave steam those bad boys like all the “cool moms” did circa 1989.
- Heat a large pan to medium heat and spray with cooking spray (or use a little extra virgin olive oil). When nice and hot, throw in the diced onion and the minced garlic (on top so it doesn’t burn). Stir it all around in the pan until the onions are tender.
- Scoot the onions to the side of the pan and add in the sausage. Brown the sausage until it’s cooked through and no longer pink. Mix in the onions.
- Add spinach / kale mix (or whatever greens you prefer) and add a little salt and pepper to season. Toss the sausage with the meat and onion mixture until the greens are wilted. They’ll shrink down a lot!
- Put steamed cauliflower in a large mixing bowl and add some salt & pepper to taste. Add the sausage / greens mixture and ricotta cheese. Mix well!
- Add mixture to a 13″ x 9″ casserole dish (be sure to spray!) and top with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 425* for 10 minutes until cheese is bubbly.
**If you want to be wild and crazy, or don’t love cauliflower (which means we can’t be friends), you can always sub in spaghetti squash or even pasta (GASP!).