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Is cauliflower cheese a meal?

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Icklepickle101 Sun 04-Mar-18 08:29:41

I will be going back to work when DD is 6 months and also have a 2 1/2yr old DS so I need easy dinners theyvcan both eat. DD will be fed finger foods not puree/mash

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Icklepickle101 Sun 04-Mar-18 08:30:56

Well that didn’t go to plan!

I suggested cauliflower cheese with ham to DP and he looked horrified that it wasn’t a meal but a side. Is he right?!

Any other easy and quick meals they could both eat and preferably be made ahead?

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cliffdiver Sun 04-Mar-18 08:32:51

Yes, cauliflower cheese with salad and crusty bread is a delicious meal.

PestoSurfissimos Sun 04-Mar-18 08:33:04

I think it goes best with something else, sausages for instance.

littleducks Sun 04-Mar-18 08:35:21

Sounds nice. You can add macoroni and make a cauliflower/macoroni cheese hybrid if you want some carbs in there too.

I like cauliflower cheese as a meal with kale and squash added in. But might not be a hit with little ones.

inappropriateraspberry Sun 04-Mar-18 08:36:02

We had cauliflower and broccoli cheese with some Gaelic & tomato focaccia the other night. Delicious! I've always had it as a main mea and not a side dish. Can add bacon, ham, leeks etc - and NEVER with a roast dinner!

Icklepickle101 Sun 04-Mar-18 08:36:53

I like the kale and squash idea!

I normally make Mac and cheese with butternut belended in to the cheese sauce so that could work here too.

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inappropriateraspberry Sun 04-Mar-18 08:37:09

*garlic! Nobody Irish on my bread!

ShortandAnnoying Sun 04-Mar-18 08:38:03

In this country there are a lot of people who think a meal must contain meat and potaoes. I bet he doesn't think a hearty soup is a meal either.
I'd tell him to butt out of the meal planning unless he has sensible suggestions of his own.

BeachyUmbrella Sun 04-Mar-18 08:38:20

It goes well with baked beans

Thisusernamethingistricky Sun 04-Mar-18 08:38:45

We had cauliflower and broccoli cheese with some Gaelic & tomato focaccia the other night.

Gaelic focaccia seems like a contradiction to me wink

Icklepickle101 Sun 04-Mar-18 08:40:52

Short he is a bit like that, if I make soup he has to have it with some heavy carbs like a jacket potato or a shit tonne of bread and still thinks it’s not a ‘proper’ dinner hmm

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AjasLipstick Sun 04-Mar-18 08:41:47

It's a meal here if we team it with some salad and maybe bread. We eat vegetarian food about 70% of the time. With ham, it's a complete meal for most people I'd think.

Icklepickle101 Sun 04-Mar-18 08:43:16

He’s out numbered. I’m sure the kids won’t die going without potato or pasta 1 night a week

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JoJoSM2 Sun 04-Mar-18 08:43:52

I'd eat cauliflower cheese as a lazy meal. But go with more veg, less fat and complex carbs most days.

Squeegle Sun 04-Mar-18 08:45:58

Alternatively maybe your DH can do the cooking 🙃, then he will be sure to choose things he likes.

Emily7708 Sun 04-Mar-18 08:46:41

Butternut blended with the cheese sauce? I have to try that. How much do you add and do you boil or roast it first?

JoJoSM2 Sun 04-Mar-18 08:49:43

Have you seen a food pyramid for toddlers? This one is American but the recommendations are pretty much the same in a lot of countries.

3oz of carbs is equivalent to 2 pieces of toast.

PurpleDaisies Sun 04-Mar-18 08:50:51

It’s definitely a meal here.

Icklepickle101 Sun 04-Mar-18 08:51:07

JoJo that’s over the day though not per meal isn’t it?

I’ll find the butternut quantities now!

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Icklepickle101 Sun 04-Mar-18 08:53:59

I use double the cheese though or it doesn’t taste overly Mac and cheesey!

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NerrSnerr Sun 04-Mar-18 08:54:13

Do people really make sure that every single meal for their children contains all necessary food groups? It's surely throughout the day that matters?

JoJoSM2 Sun 04-Mar-18 08:54:20

Pickle, yes over the day. The point not I was trying to make is that if hey have cauliflower cheese one meal, it still is very easy to have a balanced diet that day by eating the other stuff (like carbs) at other meals.

Icklepickle101 Sun 04-Mar-18 08:55:00

Oh and I boil it and then blend but I’m sure roasting is nice too

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AChickenCalledKorma Sun 04-Mar-18 08:55:58

For me, it's meal if served with crusty bread. I'm less convinced that it counts as finger food. But my kids are teens now, so my tolerance of goo is significantly reduced.

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