Mom's Stroganoff Casserole ~ The Cauliflower Rice Version


Growing up my mom would make what she called "Stroganoff".  It was one of my favorites.  Now that I'm an adult, however, I realized that this wasn't really anything near stroganoff. haha.  BUT it has remained a comfort food for me over the years.  In short -- it was rice, hamburger, cream of mushroom soup, green beans, and seasonings.  I know, random.  But it was a good and an easy go-to for my mom.  The other night I was thinking this sounded good, buuuut rice just isn't in the books for a lean and green along with the cream of mushroom soup.  So I came up with my own lean and green version of one of my childhood comfort foods.  :D

Ingredients:
1 lb. cooked turkey burger
2 lb bag of cauliflower florets (or a large head of cauliflower)
1 can green beans
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. olive oil
4 wedges light laughing cow cheese
2/3 c. Low-fat shredded cheese
1/4 c. Low-fat shredded cheese
1/2 to 1 tsp. basil (about this amount)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°C.  Blend the cauliflower into little bits (similar to rice).

Put in a pot and add garlic, oil, basil, salt and pepper (and any other seasoning that you want to experiment with).  As that is heating up cut up the laughing cow wedges and put them in the pot.  Stir regularly until the cauliflower is tender and the LC cheese is melted in.  Add the 2/3 c. shredded cheese.  Stir until cheese is melted.  Stir in green beans and turkey burger.
This step probably isn't necessary, but it makes all nice and hot and makes the cheese nice n' melty on top.  Put mixture into 8x8 or 7x11 pan.  Cover with foil.  Bake for 20 min.  Remove from oven and sprinkle ~1/4 c. cheese and put back in the oven for 2-3 min.  Turn the oven to broil for another 2-3 min until the cheese is a little brown/crispy.  Pull it out and serve.  I'm weird and like to eat it with a little ketchup, but it's tasty all by itself :)


This makes about 4 servings.  Maybe a little more, but I share small bits with my little guy :)

Weeeeellll, I hope you enjoy this comfort food replacement.  Let me know if you have any suggestions or modifications that you tried and liked.

Bon Appetit!


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