Cauliflower & Winter Squash Gratin

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 Cost Per Serving $0.66
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Image of baking dish of the cauliflower and winter squash gratin with a crispy golden brown top


2 1/2 cupsCauliflower, cut into small florets (put 1/2 cup aside)
2 cupsButtercup or Acorn Squash (any squash will work), medium dice
2 cups2% Milk or Non-Dairy Alternative
1Small Onion, roughly chopped
5Garlic, peeled
2 tspFresh Thyme, finely chopped
1/2 cupSmoked Guoda (any of your favourite medium-sort cheese will work)
1/4Breadcrumbs (optional)
1/4 cupParmesan Cheese, grated
2 tbspParsley, roughly chopped
1Anchovy Fillet (optional)
2 tbsp + 1 tspLight Olive Oil
To tasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. ​Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of light olive oil to a large cast iron pan or other oven safe pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic cloves and saute for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add 2 cups of cauliflower and the squash, thyme and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Stir well and continue to cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the milk and bring to a simmer. Add the smoked gouda and stir until melted through. Remove from heat.
  5. Add the last ½ cup of cauliflower, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, anchovy (optional), parsley and 1 tsp of olive oil into a food processor, and pulse until well combined. Sprinkle over the cauliflower and squash mixture and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.


  • Cauliflower is high in plant nutrients called glucosinolates, which are converted by the healthy bacteria in your digestive system into compounds called isothiocyanates and indole-3-carbinol.  These compounds help support your body’s natural detoxification system, which rids your body of the chemicals and pollutants that you may absorb from the environment. This detoxification helps to reduce cancer risk. 
  • One cup of raw cauliflower has only 27 calories, is a good source of fibre and provides 86% of the vitamin C most people need in a day. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that also plays an important role in wound healing.
  • Cauliflower is also a good source of vitamin K. Vitamin K helps your blood clot and enables calcium to build bone. Getting enough vitamin K can help lower your risk of osteoporosis and fractures.