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Broccoli and cauliflower cheese – with a coconut oil twist!

Broccoli and cauliflower cheese – with a coconut oil twist!

The timeless classic side dish broccoli and cauliflower cheese is a family favourite in homes across the UK. That said, its popularity doesn’t negate the fact that any dish when consumed too frequently can become a little dull. So why not spice up your broccoli and cauliflower cheese by varying the ingredients a little?

The broccoli and cauliflower are of course relatively crucial to the dish. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be joined by other vegetables. Why not add a little extra flavour by throwing in some garlic or onion or a couple of courgettes? You could even bulk it up and turn it into a meal in its own right by combining the broccoli and cauliflower with some parboiled potatoes or lightly cooked pasta.

Alternatively, you could vary the ingredients in the cheese sauce for a really unusual and refreshing flavour. For example, follow your favourite recipe but replace the butter with raw coconut oil. The benefits of coconut oil are beginning to be recognised by doctors and chefs alike. In fact, these days it is considered a super food. While it is a form of fat, it is what is known as a good fat. We all need to consume fats in our diet and certain fats actually help us to burn fat when we exercise. Coconut oil is one of those. So replacing the butter in your recipe with coconut oil will have health benefits for the whole family.

However, the use of coconut oil is not all about the health benefits. The subtle coconut flavour contained in the oil will add a refreshing depth to your cheese sauce. To complement the coconut flavour, you can add your choice of herbs and spices. Parsley goes exceptionally well with cheese sauce, giving it an air of the parsley sauce you may be used to consuming with ham. Alternatively, you could just throw in some dried, mixed herbs.

When you’re happy with the flavour of your sauce, it can be poured over your broccoli and cauliflower, both of which should only be cooked very lightly to avoid over cooking when placed into the oven. On the top, put some extra grated cheese and a little nutmeg to bring out the flavours.

Then sit back and watch your family’s reaction to this new twist on an old favourite.

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