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Low-Carb Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

This healthy cauliflower creamed spinach casserole recipe is an easy and delicious side dish to almost anything. Only 8 Simple Ingredients and 20 Minutes needed. Gluten-Free. Low-Carb and Keto-friendly.

The Recipe Card, Instructional Video and Nutritional Information is at the bottom of the post, but don’t be too hasty! The post contains all my tips and tricks.

Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

Mmmm spinach…. I love me some spinach, and my favorite way to eat my beloved spinach is creamed.

Traditional creamed spinach recipes, sadly, contains flour – but fear no more, because that little fact forced us to invent this AMAZING side dish recipe -> Cauliflower Creamed Spinach Ohhhh yeah!

It is definitely a firm family favorite. Yes, I say that almost every time we post a recipe, but this time it’s more true than the other times (I may or may not say that every time too, but that’s besides the point).

Most people don’t even realize they’re eating cauliflower! And that’s why this is the best healthy creamed spinach and cauliflower casserole out there! This is why…

Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

This recipe is a surefire way to get your kids to eat vegetables, because it transforms it into something ridiculously delicious.

How to make healthy low-carb and keto creamed spinach and cauliflower?

Not only does it use just 8 ingredients, it only takes about 20 minutes to make.

Say whaaat?

Our recipe is made without cream cheese, but uses a small amount of cream and butter for an extra kick of flavor.

step by step visual instructions for how to make cauliflower creamed spinach casserole

Step 1: Allow the cauliflower to boil for at least 10 minutes. (Photo 1)

Tip: If you’d like, you can also steam the cauliflower.

Step 2: While that cauliflower boils, sauté the onion in some butter until soft, and add the spinach. Sauté until the spinach is warmed through (if frozen), and wilted (if fresh). (Photo 2 & 3)

Step 3: As soon as the cauliflower is soft, use a slotted spoon to scoop them into your food processor and blitz it with the cream and butter. (Photo 4 & 5)

Step 4: Scrape the mashed cauliflower mix back into the back, with the spinach and onion. Stir everything together with the cheese. (Photo 6)

Step 5: Add more cheese on top, pop it under the broiler until golden and bubble, and done! Scoop it onto your plate and enjoy! (Photo 7 & 8)

This is a perfect healthy (keto and low-carb) side dish since for pretty much anything, but it goes especially well with a nice piece of steak.

It’s also pretty easy to transform this recipe in a vegan creamed spinach recipe – just omit the cheese, butter and cream. I’ve tried it that way and it definitely still packs a punch in the flavor department.

Can I have spinach on Keto?

Yes! Spinach is very low-carb and high in nutrients, making a the perfect vegetable for keto dieters.

Is cauliflower Keto?

Yes! Cauliflower is 100% keto approved. Low in carbs and high in nutrients. It’s “starchy” quality makes it a perfect replacement for potatoes, rice and even pasta!

How Do You Know When Cauliflower Is Cooked?

The best way to test if cauliflower is cook, is to stab at it with a fork or the tip of a knife. If it glides into the cauliflower easily, it is done.

Cauliflower is over-cooked when it falls apart, so be sure to only cook it until the pieces are crisp-tender.

What do you eat with healthy cauliflower creamed spinach?

Creamed spinach is a classic accompaniment to any main protein, whether it be steak, poultry or fish. The best way, in our opinion is a juicy steak. This is basically like having mashed potatoes, and many people don’t even realize they’re eating mashed cauliflower and spinach. It’s just that yummy!

Eating healthy vegetable side dishes has definitely never tasted this good.

For more healthy side-dishes, check out some of our other yummy recipes:

  1. Zucchini with Tomato and Parmesan
  2. Curry Green Beans with Feta
  3. Green Bean Casserole
  4. 3 Ingredient BBQ Mushroom Skewers

Also, go have a look at these great cauliflower recipes and roundups from other bloggers:

  1. Mushroom Cauliflower Rice Skillet
  2. Cheesy Cauliflower Muffins
  3. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

If you made this recipe – please leave a comment and rating. We love seeing your feedback as it helps us improve our recipes!

Low-Carb Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

This Creamed Spinach recipe is made with cauliflower. Only 9 Simple Ingredients and 20 Minutes to create this healthy side dish. Keto. Low-Carb. Gluten-Free.
4.89 from 9 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 155kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen spinach
  • 4 cups cauliflower (we used a small head of cauliflower and cut it into small florets)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella (shredded – plus a little extra for on top)
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • to taste salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Turn on your broiler.
  • Bring a medium sized pot of salted water to the boil. Once it boils, add the cauliflower florets and boil for approximately 10 minutes (or until soft).
  • While the cauliflower boils, caramelize the onion in a little bit of butter and oil [butter for flavor, oil to keep it from burning] until soft and translucent and and then add the spinach and nutmeg. Cook until the spinach is warmed through.
  • When the cauliflower is cooked, use a slotted spoon to scoop the florets into a food processor. Add the cream and butter. Blitz the cauliflower until smooth. Taste and then season with salt and pepper.
  • Now mix the cauliflower, spinach/onion and cheese together, taste test and add more salt if needed, and scoop into a cast iron pan or small baking dish.
  • Slide under the broiler until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
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Tips and Tricks:
1. Adjust the spinach and cauliflower quantities to your own tastes if you’d like: More spinach for a more “substantial” side dish, more cauliflower for a “creamier” dish. We prefer a “creamier” dish.
2. Do not underestimate the power of salt with making a delicious Cauliflower Mash – the water you boil the cauliflower in should be WELL salted – think sea water! 

Nutrition

Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 9440IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 2mg
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75 thoughts on “Low-Carb Cauliflower Creamed Spinach”

  1. Hi,
    I’m in the process of making this wonderful looking dish. I have a feeling I over bought on the cauliflower. Would you be able to estimate how many cups of boiled cauliflower you put in the food processor? Also, what size baking dish are you using? In the video the dish is rectangular, but I’m guessing it’s not as big as a 9″ X 13″? Thanks for the advice and sharing the recipe!

    1. Hi Kelly! The size of the dish I used was a 10”x6” – I will add this information to the recipe card. We are in the process of updating a lot of our older recipes.

      Also, I think the head of cauliflower we used got us about 2-3 cups of cauliflower. Hope that helps!

  2. Interesting post!! I’ve started LCHF a month ago, and so far I am getting used in this way of eating. I love that I don’t feel bloated all the time, And I’ve never felt so much better like this before. I think I found the best diet for me!! Thank you for this awesome recipes.

    1. Kale would definitely do great, Swiss chard as well. And who knows, maybe even broccoli…I might give that a try myself!:)

  3. 5 stars
    I am going to do a variation of this as a pasta sauce. And imagine cauliflower/spinach toast like avocado toast.

  4. madelyn miller miller

    5 stars
    I read the recipe and had to make it right away (after midnight) So I used what I had. I boiled the cauliflower, moved it to blender with a slotted spoon.
    It was slow blending so I added a tablespoon of butter. The I decided to just put in the fresh spinach. It gave it a crisp taste. I couldn’t decide if I should use unflavored yogurt or coconut milk. I seasoned it with a onion/garlic/parsley spice mix from Trader Joe’s. I used Oxacan grated cheese because it melts so well.
    Next time I will follow the recipe but I was delighted with my results. I ate half of it for dinner. The rest will be beaten in with some eggs for breakfast.
    This would be a great potluck dish–especially since it can be made vegan so easily.
    This is the first of your recipes I have tried–now I am going to go down the list and try others

  5. 5 stars
    These pictures made my mouth water, it looks so delicious! I’m already saving the link so I can try later today. Thanks!

  6. 4 stars
    I cook every day but have never tried cooking cauliflower. I skipped over all the recipes for it thinking surely it wouldn’t taste good as a replacement for rice or mashed potatoes. So I saw this recipe and had everything except the cream so decided to try it. I didn’t add the cloves because I only had whole cloves and didn’t feel like processing them. I used 2% milk instead of cream and threw in a little parmesan cheese with the mozzarella. I didn’t see where in the recipe to add the garlic so I put it in when the spinach was almost wilted. I thought it was really good, my husband who resembles a three year old when trying new foods said it was ok. I would make it again but without the nutmeg, to me it gave an odd flavor but maybe that’s because I didn’t use the cloves. I’m for sure a new fan of cauliflower and can’t wait to try it other ways.

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