Vegetables the star of the show? Well, the steak here was less than impressive. I didn't do anything fancy with flavor and it was overcooked. These vegetables totally made up for it! They completely rocked!
The whole family loved this and polished the whole thing off in one night so no leftovers for me.
I have a secret though.
I didn't tell the husband there were artichokes in here. They kinda hid themselves amongst all the cheesy sauce. He asked at one point "what are the green things?" I just vaguely said something about green onions. Tee-hee. He never knew. He doesn't even know what an artichoke IS but he won't even eat my cheesy, delicious artichoke dip JUST because it has an "unknown vegetable".
Well, the jokes on him because he loved this! Yea!
Cheesy Artichokes, Cauliflower and Red Pepper
Adapted from Cooking Club magazine, January 2010
4 cups cauliflower florets (about 12 oz)
1 can artichokes, drained and chopped
2/3 cup red pepper, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1 1/2 tbsp. butter
1 garlic clove
1 1/2 tbsp. flour
3/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup gruyere cheese (or swiss)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Place cauliflower in a bowl with some water and microwave for about 3 minutes until starting to soften but still crisp. Drain and rinse. Toss cauliflower, artichokes, pepper and green onions in a large bowl.
Melt butter in a pan. Cook and stir in garlic for about 30 seconds. Whisk in flour, cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Pour in milk, whisking constantly. Whisk until smooth for a couple of minutes and starting to thicken. Add salt and pepper and shredded gruyere cheese. Pour cheese sauce over veggies and mix.
Spoon vegetables into an 8 x 8 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake 35 - 40 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbling.
Total calories = 920 calories
6 servings = 153 calories
4 oz. steak with steak sauce + Cheesy Artichokes, Cauliflower and Red Pepper + watermelon = 413 calorie dinner
Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.