Last Updated on July 3, 2015 by Fiona Maclean
Low Calorie Cauliflower Cheese Recipe:
I have the tummy bug that is sweeping the country. I’m not a good invalid and the internet has really not helped my cause one little bit. Now instead of just sleeping off whatever hits me, I google. And then I have a wildly creative interpretation of my symptoms. A headache turns into a brain tumour, a stomach bug into acute appendicitis or a perforated ulcer and the aches and pains of a flu bug might just be arthritis. Google should come with an illness search blocker. Meanwhile, I am still following the 5:2 diet and the tummy bug messed up this week’s plans completely. Although I was a bit hungry today, I couldn’t face my normal fast day spicy food. And actually I didn’t really want to leave the house either. All would have been easy if I liked eggs – I’d have feasted on scrambled egg. But, when my tum is a bit delicate eggs are pretty low on my own personal wish list. Probably because my mother always used to try to serve them to us as children if we were poorly.
I did have a cauliflower though.
And, thanks to my trip to Essex, some wonderful Wicks Manor Farm bacon.
The makings of a suitable invalid feast!
Now, some of the concepts of cooking for the 5:2 diet also make this dish work well as invalid food. The cheese sauce has no butter or oil, a tiny amount of lightest philadelphia cream cheese and flavour is added with some very lean back bacon, mustard and vegetable stock powder. That makes for a very light and easily digested dish. It also means the dish is low calorie.
If I’d been feeling a little better I might have dressed this up with some chopped parsley or served it with a pretty salad. But as it was, this was great comfort food. Low hassle and low calorie.
What do you make for yourself as invalid food?