paleo mac and cheeseBeing dairy and gluten free, every now and then I will crave comfort food. As a student, Mac n Cheese was my go to “bring a plate” meal. And there are nights when I just want to carb our and dairy out. But the aftermath of me dairying myself are to horrendous to even consider making it the old fashioned way.

So I played around a bit with a few ingredients and came up with this super creamy, delicious tasting alternative, that  hits the “comfort food” spot.

Disclaimer: I would not say this reheats well, it tastes ok. but I would suggest eating it on the night your prepare it for maximum enjoyment. 

Serves: 4


  • 1 head of a large Cauliflower
  • 2 T. Ghee or coconut oil (or grass fed butter if you can tolerate dairy)
  • 1 t. Pink Salt
  • 1 small butternut pmpkin chopoed into cubes
  • 1 small Carrot diced
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 2 Cloves or garlic
  • 1 t. Ground Mustard
  • 2 pinches of ginger
  • 2 pinches of nutmeg
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 Rashers of bacon (optional)


  1. Instructions
For the Mac
  1. Option 1 – Chop and crumble with cauliflower into chunks into a vegetable steamer. Chop any larger stalks into smaller pieces. Steam for 5 minutes.
  2. Optional: While the cheese sauce is simmering cook 4 rashers of bacon and chop.
For the cheese sauce
  1. Heat the butter on a medium to high head. Add the garlic, carrot, onion, mustard, nutmeg, ginger, pumpkin, carrot, onion in a pot. Saute for 10 minutes until the onion is glossy. Add the can of coconut milk to the pot and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes until the pumpkin is cooked. Pop them the blender or food processor and blend into a cheese sauce. Once blended add an egg in to thicken the mixture and add to the creaminess.
  2. Pour the cauliflower into the pot the sauce was cooking in. Add the bacon and pour over the cheese sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve immediately and top with a spring of coriander.

Over to you…

Did you try this? What did you think? Did you adapt it? I would love to hear how you got on.