Beet & Apple “Detox” Salad

If you’ve read our other blogs, you likely already know that we’re veggie-loving twin registered dietitians and personal trainers, both with a sweet tooth that we work hard to contain 😉 . But what you may not know is one of the reasons that we’re veggie- obsessed is because they have seemingly magical powers when it comes to helping our clients to lose weight. Simply by filling half their plate with veggies (without oil-based, creamy or other high-calorie dressings) and eating less of the heavy stuff (carbs and protein), our clients effortlessly drop pounds. Add that the plant compounds in veggies help to keep the body healthy, fend off damage from toxins and help to prevent premature aging and it’s no wonder why we’re constantly getting requests for delicious veggie recipes without high-calorie dressings (that’s why we created our Colorful Detox Salad, our Roasted Detoxifying Veggies, and our Kale Recharge Smoothie!). So we knew we had to share this yumster!

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This Beet & Apple Salad is packed with nutrients to help your body cleanse and repair. Although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself on its own, naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, assist it in its process. So if you’ve had a bit too much rich food and want to get back on track, start by nourishing your body with whole fruits and vegetables (like the ones in this salad!) that are water-rich to help you stay hydrated, and also that are high in fiber and low in calories… The ingredients in this recipe contain beneficial properties that will support your body’s natural “detoxification” processes and jumpstart your healthy lifestyle!

Beet_Apple_Detox_Salad_collageHere are a few reasons this salad rocks:

  • Apple cider vinegar helps regulate blood sugar, an essential part of controlling cravings and losing weight.
  • Beets contain betalin pigments that support the liver by helping to remove waste from the blood. Another compound called betaine protects cells and lowers inflammation.
  • The apple and carrots provide vitamins A, C, and K, as well as plenty of fiber to support regular bowel movements.
  • Ginger alleviates the symptoms of nausea, bloating, and constipation by facilitating the movement of food through the intestines.
  • And parsley acts as a natural diuretic to help your body eliminate excess water that can lead to bloating and weight gain.

 

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Beet & Apple “Detox” Salad

Makes 2 servings

 

Ingredients

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

½ teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

½ cup grated beet roots

½ cup peeled and grated carrots

½ cup grated Granny Smith apple

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, ginger, and olive oil.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the beets, carrots, and apple. Add dressing and mix well. Garnish with parsley. This salad can be served chilled or at room temperature. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (about ¾ cup per serving): 76 Calories, 2 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 48 mg Sodium, 13 g Carbohydrate, 3 g Fiber, 10 g Sugar, 1 g Protein

 

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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup grated beet roots
  • ½ cup peeled and grated carrots
  • ½ cup grated Granny Smith apple
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, ginger, and olive oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the beets, carrots, and apple. Add dressing and mix well. Garnish with parsley. This salad can be served chilled or at room temperature. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¾ cup Calories: 76 Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 13 g Sugar: 10 g Sodium: 48 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

 

Baked Zucchini Boats

Having a hard time getting all your veggies? We’ve been there!

Sure, now we’re veggie-loving registered dietitians, but we weren’t always besties with our greens!  In fact, as picky kids, the second our mom turned her back when we were at the dinner table, we’d quickly scurry off with our salads in hand to our deck where our best friend Mary and her black lab Buddy, were anxiously waiting for any veggies we’d want to share.  So how, you may be wondering did those girls become veggie fiends?

It happened gradually for us in our high school years–after witnessing how energetic and healthy they made us feel, how they made our skin glow and how they played a part in weight control… and after experimenting and seeing how delicious they could be, the switch flipped and our love affair with veggies began—nowadays we seriously can’t get enough…

And now that we get to witness our clients reap the same veggie rewards, we are constantly trying to find easy ways to make getting delicious veggies easier.  That’s one of the main reasons we wrote our latest book The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure and created recipes like our Kale Recharge Smoothie, our Smoked Paprika Zucchini Chips, and our Zucchini Parmesan Rounds.  And now these! We can’t wait to hear what ya think!

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Weight loss tip:

To prevent overeating at your meal, simply eat some veggies (like these scrumptious Zucchini Boats) before the main course.  Veggies are packed with nutrients and they’re high in fiber, so they fill you up, not out.  These Baked Zucchini Boats make the perfect appetizer before your meal to prevent overeating during your meal! Zucchini is low in calories and with the zesty tomato, onion, and jalapeno topping added to it, this side dish is absolutely irresistible.  Fill up on this scrumptious starter that also packs protein, and you’ll eat a lot less of the heavy main meal, woohoo!

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Baked Zucchini Boats

Ingredients
3 Medium Zucchini
6 oz can Tomato Paste
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cilantro
1/8 cup finely chopped fresh basil
½ cup Italian bread crumbs
¼ cup tomatoes (diced)
1/8 cup green onions (chopped)
1 tbsp crushed red pepper
½ diced jalapeno
Salt and pepper, to taste
½ cup shredded low-fat mozzarella

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large pot, boil enough water to cover the zucchinis. Add the zucchinis and boil for 10 minutes.
3. In a small mixing bowl, add the tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder, cilantro, and fresh basil to the tomato paste and mix together.
4. After the zucchini has boiled (the zucchinis should still be firm, but you should be able to poke through them with a fork), scoop out the pulp to about ¼ inch from the skin, leaving a “boat” structure. Finely chop the pulp and place into a separate small mixing bowl.
5. Mix in the diced tomatoes, green onions, jalapenos, crushed red pepper, and bread crumbs into the bowl with the zucchini pulp. Lightly season the mixture with salt and pepper.
6. On the zucchini ”boats”, coat with the tomato paste mixture.
7. Top the tomato paste with the mixture of vegetables and bread crumbs.
8. Lightly cover the filled boats with mozzarella cheese.
9. Cook the zucchini boats at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information
Calories: 114
Carbohydrates: 17 grams
Fat: 2 grams
Protein: 7 grams
Cholesterol: 5 milligrams
Sodium: 227 milligrams
Sugars: 6 grams
Fiber: 3 grams

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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 Medium Zucchini
  • 6 oz can Tomato Paste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • ⅛ cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup tomatoes (diced)
  • ⅛ cup green onions (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ diced jalapeno
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup shredded low-fat mozzarella
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large pot, boil enough water to cover the zucchinis. Add the zucchinis and boil for 10 minutes.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, add the tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder, cilantro, and fresh basil to the tomato paste and mix together.
  4. After the zucchini has boiled (the zucchinis should still be firm, but you should be able to poke through them with a fork), scoop out the pulp to about ¼ inch from the skin, leaving a “boat” structure. Finely chop the pulp and place into a separate small mixing bowl.
  5. Mix in the diced tomatoes, green onions, jalapenos, crushed red pepper, and bread crumbs into the bowl with the zucchini pulp. Lightly season the mixture with salt and pepper.
  6. On the zucchini ”boats”, coat with the tomato paste mixture.
  7. Top the tomato paste with the mixture of vegetables and bread crumbs.
  8. Lightly cover the filled boats with mozzarella cheese.
  9. Cook the zucchini boats at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 boat Calories: 114 Fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 17 g Sugar: 6 g Sodium: 227 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 7 g Cholesterol: 5 mg

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Easy, Crunchy Braised Cabbage

An easy way to tell these twins apart?  One loves cabbage.  At least at four year old, that’s how Lyssie would tell people they could tell her apart from Tammy–because Lyssie loved cabbage.  However, Tammy  loved cabbage too. 🙂  We know what you’re thinking –either way, it’s pretty hard to look at twins and tell them apart by the one who loves cabbage.  But the moral of the story here is that not much has changed regarding our cabbage love affair.  😉  If you ask our friends on any given day what we’re picking up at the supermarket, for sure one us will be putting a purple cabbage in her basket.  We’ll probably be making our Colorful Detox Salad (and if we don’t have cabbage in our basket, no worries, we probably have some at  home or we’ll probably be making these veggie extravaganzas- Kale Recharge Smoothie  or Caramelized Cauliflower with Olive Oil and Lemon Juice

Needless to say, we were so proud when our rock star client Jeane sent us her newest creation that her whole family LOVED.  She said it only took her 5 minutes–oh yeah!  You rock Jeane! 🙂

Not soggy. Just crispy, crunchy and fresh!

Oh, and an entire cup has just 26 filling calories!

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Easy, Crunchy Braised Cabbage

Serves 3

Ingredients

3 generous cups chopped cabbage

2-3 tablespoons water

fresh cracked pepper

juice from a lemon

garlic (optional)

sea salt, to taste (optional)

Microwave safe bowl

 

Directions

Cut cabbage into chunks.  Place in microwave-safe bowl with 2 or 3 tablespoons water. Cover. Microwave 4 or 5 minutes or until you smell a burst of aroma. Allow to rest on the counter for 10 or 15 minutes to allow cabbage to continue to steam. Add lemon or garlic and pepper to dress it up.  Voila!

 

Nutrition Facts per Serving (1 entire filling cup): 26 calories, 0 g fat, 2 g protein, 6 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 19 mg sodium

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Not soggy. Just crispy, crunchy and fresh! Oh, and an entire cup has just 26 filling calories!
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 3 generous cups chopped cabbage
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • juice from a lemon
  • garlic (optional)
  • sea salt, to taste (optional)
  • Microwave safe bowl
Instructions
  1. Simply cut cabbageinto chunks. Place in microwave safe bowk with 2 or 3 T. Water. Cover. Microwave 4 or 5 minutes or until you smell a burst of aroma. Let rest on the counter 10 or 15 minutes to allow cabbage to continue to steam. Add lemon or garlic and pepper to dress it up. Voila!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 26 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 6 g Sodium: 19 g Fiber: 2 g Protein: 2 g

 

Veggie Detox Salad

If you feel like you’ve been living it up a little too often lately and you’re feeling a bit bloated and uncomfy, don’t worry! Even if you’ve had a few too many cocktails, cookies or chips, it’s never too late to get your body back to feeling its best.  Being kind to your body by enjoying a veggie-filled salad will quickly get your mind and body back on the healthy track!

 

The veggies in this salad boast some serious detoxifying and de-bloating properties, which means you can start feeling lean, clean, and ready to accomplish your goals.  And although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, like the veggies in this salad, can be monumental when it comes to assisting in its process. And if you want some more recipes to help, try our Colorful Detox Salad, our Roasted Detoxifying Veggies and our Kale Recharge Smoothie.

Here’s why this Veggie Detox Salad works its’ magic:

Beets contain betaine, a nutrient with anti-inflammatory properties, and betalain, which helps detoxify the body by purifying the liver and blood Beets are one of the few veggies that play an important role in both phases of the liver’s detoxification system so they are great to eat after sipping all that eggnog.

Asparagus is known to be a natural diuretic, which helps to flush toxins out of the kidneys. It also contains potassium which helps to restore the body’s natural fluid balance. So say buh-bye to bloating and puffiness!

Fennel relieves flatulence and other gastrointestinal ailments to get your tummy feeling flat in no time.

Kale is always great for getting a boost of nutrients like vitamin A, C, and K to help you glow from the inside out. And it, like beets is one of the few vegetables that plays a role in both phases of the liver’s detoxification process.

Dig into this salad to help your body feel fresh and rejuvenated so that you can achieve and maintain all of your New Year’s Resolutions!

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Veggie Detox Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 3 medium-sized beets, roasted
  • 1 bunch asparagus, roasted
  • 1 bulb fennel
  • 4 cups kale

For the dressing:

  • 1 TBS mustard
  • 2 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp curry powder
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper

Directions

Slice roasted beets and fennel into ¼ inch thick slices. Chop asparagus stalks into quarters. Prepare the dressing and add the vegetables to the kale in a large bowl. Toss salad with dressing and enjoy!

Nutrition per serving:
72 Calories  30 g carbs      1 g fat    14 g carbohydrate      6 g protein     5 g fiber

 

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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • For the salad:
  • 3 medium-sized beets, roasted
  • 1 bunch asparagus, roasted
  • 1 bulb fennel
  • 4 cups kale
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 TBS mustard
  • 2 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ⅛ tsp curry powder
  • ⅛ tsp white pepper
Instructions
  1. Slice roasted beets and fennel into ¼ inch thick slices.
  2. Chop asparagus stalks into quarters.
  3. Prepare the dressing and add the vegetables to the kale in a large bowl.
  4. Toss salad with dressing and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 72 Fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 15 Fiber: 5 g Protein: 6 g

 

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Skinny Parsnip Fries

I Beg Your Parsnips (recipe from our book The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure)

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Sure, now we’re veggie-loving registered dietitians, but we weren’t always besties with our greens!  In fact, as picky kids, the second our mom turned her back when we were at the dinner table, we’d quickly scurry off with our salads in hand to our deck where our best friend Mary and her black lab Buddy, were anxiously waiting for any veggies we’d want to share.  So how, you may be wondering did those girls become veggie fiends?

It happened gradually for us in our high school years–after witnessing how energetic and healthy they made us feel, how they made our skin glow and how they played a part in weight control… and after experimenting and seeing how delicious they could be, the switch flipped and our love affair with veggies began—nowadays we seriously can’t get enough…

And now that we get to witness our clients reap the same veggie rewards, we are constantly trying to find easy ways to make getting delicious veggies easier.  That’s one of the main reasons we wrote our latest book The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure and created recipes like our Kale Recharge Smoothie, our Smoked Paprika Zucchini Chips, and our Zucchini Parmesan Rounds.  And now these! We can’t wait to hear what ya think!

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We serve these matchstick fries to our families as a super tasty and healthy alternative to french fries. They’re fun to eat and packed with flavor. You won’t miss the real deal, and neither will your arteries or wardrobe! The pepper gives them plenty of pizzazz—you won’t even need the salt!

 

Serves 2 (1⁄2 cup per serving)

Ingredients

Olive oil cooking spray
1 large parsnip (about 9 inches long, 5 ounces), peeled
Cracked black pepper
Salt to taste

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. To make “matchsticks,” cut the parsnips into long, thin strips, using a very sharp knife, or a mandoline if you have one. Spray the parsnip sticks with olive oil and lay them on the baking sheet. Lightly sprinkle with cracked pepper on both sides.
3. Bake the fries for about 25 minutes, flipping them over halfway through. They are ready when they are cooked completely, crispy and slightly brown.
4. As you allow them to cool, sprinkle with pepper and salt to taste.

Per serving: calories 50, total fat 0g, saturated fat 0g, cholesterol 0g, sodium 7mg, carbohydrates 12g,
dietary fiber 3g, sugars 3, protein 1g
Percent Daily Value: vitamin A 0%, vitamin C 19%, calcium 2%, iron 2%

 

 

For more recipes like this please check out our book The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure (it also includes a 10 Day Weight Loss and Jumpstart Plan)

 

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Per serving: calories 50, total fat 0g, saturated fat 0g, cholesterol 0g, sodium 7mg, carbohydrates 12g, dietary fiber 3g, sugars 3, protein 1g Percent Daily Value: vitamin A 0%, vitamin C 19%, calcium 2%, iron 2%
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 large parsnip (about 9 inches long, 5 ounces), peeled
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To make “matchsticks,” cut the parsnips into long, thin strips, using a very sharp knife, or a mandoline if you have one. Spray the parsnip sticks with olive oil and lay them on the baking sheet. Lightly sprinkle with cracked pepper on both sides.
  3. Bake the fries for about 25 minutes, flipping them over halfway through. They are ready when they are cooked completely, crispy and slightly brown.
  4. As you allow them to cool, sprinkle with pepper and salt to taste.

Healthy Cauliflower Gratin

Fall is officially here– R.I.P. our beloved warm sunshine! But we’re not giving up on our vitamin D—you don’t have to rely on the sun for it, you can get it from your food too!

If you’re like many of us, chances are you’re not getting enough vitamin D. Vitamin D is necessary to help you absorb that essential bone-building calcium. Yes, although you can get Vitamin D from the sunshine in the warmer summer months it’s not possible to get enough from the fall and winter sun, so we’ll help you to get it from your food.

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Have no fear—you can get vitamin D from eggs, as well as many vitamin D fortified products—think everything from fortified dairy and almond milk, cheese, cereal and juice to chocolate (yep, thankfully vitamin D fortification is running rampant! :)) You’d think with all of these options, we’d all have no trouble getting enough vitamin D, however, as we mentioned many people still aren’t getting enough.

So we want to give you an extra vitamin D boost today with our Cauliflower Gratin (done healthfully, of course!). The skim milk and low-fat cheese make this dish Vitamin D rich!

And if you’re looking for some other lightened up foods you may want to try creations like our Smoked Paprika ChipsGuilt-free Kale Chips, Spicy Carrot Fries, and our Skinny Zucchini Fries… And now these yummy nibblers!

Cauliflower Gratin

Serves: 4, large, 1 cups servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cauliflower, broken into small florets (about 1/2 large head)
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk, divided (Hello vitamin D! Almost all milks are Vitamin D fortified, check to make sure yours is!)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (Italian breadcrumbs work well too!)
  • 3/4 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese, divided (look for a vitamin D fortified cheese)
  • 1/2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose whole wheat flour
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives or 2 tsp of dried chives
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper

Directions

  1. Move rack to the top part of the oven; preheat broiler.
  2. Bring cauliflower, 1 1/4 cups milk and salt to a boil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, cover and simmer until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup cheese and oil. Whisk flour and the remaining 1/4 cup milk in another small bowl until smooth and then slowly stir in the flour mixture into the pan that contains the cauliflower mixture, continuously stirring until thickened, about 1 minute.
  4. Saute onions and garlic in cooking spray in a skillet over medium heat until onions just begin to caramelize. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup cheese, chives, mustard and pepper and onion and garlic mixture Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.
  6. Broil until the top is crispy and beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!!

Nutrition Facts: 162 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 420 mg sodium, 23 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 13 g protein

How do you get your vitamin D during the colder months?  Fortified milk?  Eggs? Fortified cereals and grains?

 

Cauliflower Gratin!
 
Nutrition Facts: 162 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 420 mg sodium, 23 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 13 g protein
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cauliflower, broken into small florets (about ½ large head)
  • 1½ cups skim milk, divided (Hello vitamin D! Almost all milks are Vitamin D fortified, check to make sure yours is!)
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ cup dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (Italian breadcrumbs work well too!)
  • ¾ cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese, divided (look for a vitamin D fortified cheese)
  • ½ tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose whole wheat flour
  • Cooking spray
  • ½ small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives or 2 tsp of dried chives
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
Instructions
  1. Move rack to the top part of the oven; preheat broiler.
  2. Bring cauliflower, 1¼ cups milk and salt to a boil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, cover and simmer until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs, ¼ cup cheese and oil. Whisk flour and the remaining ¼ cup milk in another small bowl until smooth and then slowly stir in the flour mixture into the pan that contains the cauliflower mixture, continuously stirring until thickened, about 1 minute.
  4. Saute onions and garlic in cooking spray in a skillet over medium heat until onions just begin to caramelize. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Stir in the remaining ½ cup cheese, chives, mustard and pepper and onion and garlic mixture Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.
  6. Broil until the top is crispy and beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!!