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Thursday, May 23, 2013


This Vegetable Au Gratin is a gorgeous-looking casserole that you can serve to your family, take along to parties, etc.  It’s really good!  I received the beautiful dish from a friend, Sylvie Raymond.  Sylvie worked in Dubai for many years and she and her husband bought a stunning home with a gorgeous view, huge grounds and pool here on the mountain.  They are hoping to sell it as they are trying to settle in Vancouver, Canada.  Sylvie loves Canada and specifically Vancouver.  Her family are from Quebec.  She is French but studied English at university and got her doctorate and teaches English at universities.  The chayote squash resembles potato in this vegetable dish - you can barely tell the difference.  I realize chayotes are expensive in America, but here they are super-inexpensive, just like mangoes.  Some people grow them in California, this much I know from my friend, Barbo Goldstein, who has been a low-carber for a long time.  She has a forum over here at this link.

1 medium cauliflower head
3 small carrots
2 chayotes
1/2  cup shredded Monterey Jack (125 mL)
1/3  cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix, (75 mL)
2 tbsp butter, melted (30 mL)

In large pot, place cauliflower chunks and sliced carrots.  Add hot water to cover.  Cook until tender.  In separate pot, cook sliced chayotes in boiling water, about 14 minutes.  Drain vegetables.  Place vegetables in pretty oval 2-qt (2 L) capacity casserole dish or in 9 x 13-inch (2 L) casserole dish.  Place vegetables in 350°F (180°C) oven until piping hot.

Prepare Cheese Sauce, page___ (double the recipe and add 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt).  Pour hot sauce immediately over hot vegetables and , if desired sprinkle the top with a little extra shredded cheese and bake another 5 minutes.  Remove and sprinkle with crispy topping and serve.

Topping:  In small bowl, combine Monterey Jack cheese, Gluten-Free Bake Mix, page___ and melted butter. Sprinkle crumbled topping in glass pie dish.  Bake topping in oven until crispy and brown – usually about 25 to 30 minutes.  Check after 25 minutes.

Helpful Hints:  It’s best to prepare the vegetable dish as described because reheating the vegetable dish  for too long makes the sauce thinner.  It is still good that way though, but better when the sauce is thicker.

Yield:  10 servings
1 serving
290.0 calories
10.2 g protein
24.6 g fat
6.1 g net carbs

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