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Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower Bake

 This Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower Bake, is a delightful dish that is easy to make and sure to please! Those who don’t love broccoli and cauliflower always enjoy this dish-I mean who doesn’t love a cheesy side dish?

Servings: Makes 6 ( 1 cup ) servings

GREEN: 3 Smartpoints per serving

BLUE: 3 Smartpoints per serving

PURPLE: 3 Smartpoints per serving

Looking for more delicious low point side dishes? Be sure to check these out:

Rosemary Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Cauliflower Risotto 

Glazed Carrots

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower 

Roasted Broccoli 

 

What ingredients do I use for this Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower Bake?

Tostitos Smooth Cheesy Dip: This dip is surprising low in points-in fact-it’s only 6 smartpoints for a full cup or 1 smartpoint for 2 Tbsp.

Broccoli and Cauliflower:  I recommend using fresh broccoli and cauliflower.  If you use frozen broccoli and cauliflower you will want to remove the extra moisture from wet vegetables before cooking. If you don’t want to end up with a swimming pool at the bottom of your dish-you will want to thaw them in a strainer so they lose their extra liquid. 

Panko Plain Bread Crumbs: These give the casserole a little crunch. I like to mix them with a little melted butter to help them turn golden and get even crispier. 

Land O’ Lakes light butter made with canola oil: I use this to mix the Panko Bread Crumbs in. It makes the bread crumbs turn nice and golden brown.

Smoked Paprika:  made from peppers that are smoked and dried over oak fires. This process gives the red powder a rich, smoky flavor-which really adds great flavor to this cheesy bake.

Can you easily substitute smoked paprika for paprika?

Yes,  but it is not a perfect substitution by any means. The huge smoky flavor of smoked paprika really adds a nice smoky flavor to this cheesy side dish vs. the sweet paprika, which doesn’t have a strong enough flavor. You could substitute the smoked paprika substitution for chipotle powder which has a similar smoky flavor with a lot more heat.

 

How do you make this Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower Bake?

Preheat over to 450 degrees.

Heat Tostitos cheese dip in a microwave-safe container for 30-40 seconds or until cheese melts.

Whisk in the oregano, basil, smoked paprika, salt and pepper until well combined.

Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Arrange broccoli and cauliflower in a single layer into baking dish.

 

Pour cheese sauce on top of vegetables, making sure all pieces are coated in cheese sauce.

 

Melt butter and combine the butter with the Panko bread crumbs. Mix until well combined.

Pour Panko bread crumbs over the top of the broccoli and cauliflower.

Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes then remove foil.

Bake for another 10 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown and the cauliflower and broccoli are fork tender.

 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 450 degrees.
  2. Heat Tostitos cheese dip in a microwave-safe container for 30-40 seconds or until cheese melts. Whisk in the oregano, basil, smoked paprika, salt and pepper until well combined.
  3. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Arrange broccoli and cauliflower in a single layer into baking dish.
  4. Pour cheese sauce on top of vegetables, making sure all pieces are coated in cheese sauce.
  5. Melt butter and combine the butter with the Panko bread crumbs. Mix until well combined.
  6. Pour Panko bread crumbs over the top of the broccoli and cauliflower.
  7. Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes then remove foil.
  8. Bake for another 10 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown and the cauliflower and broccoli are fork tender.

Servings: Makes 6 ( 1 cup ) servings

GREEN: 3 Smartpoints per serving

BLUE: 3 Smartpoints per serving

PURPLE: 3 Smartpoints per serving

Yield: 6

Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower Bake

Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower Bake

This Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower Bake, is a delightful dish that is easy to make and sure to please! Those who don't love broccoli and cauliflower always enjoy this dish-I mean who doesn't love a cheesy side dish?

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound broccoli florets 
  • 1 pound cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup Tostitos, Smooth & Cheesy, Cheese Dip
  • 1 Tbsp Land o' Lakes light butter made with canola oil 
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1 tsp oregano 
  • 1 tsp dried basil 
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs

Instructions

    1. Preheat over to 450 degrees.
    2. Heat Tostitos cheese dip in a microwave-safe container for 30-40 seconds or until cheese melts. Whisk in the oregano, basil, smoked paprika, salt and pepper until well combined.
    3. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Arrange broccoli and cauliflower in a single layer into baking dish.
    4. Pour cheese sauce on top of vegetables, making sure all pieces are coated in cheese sauce.
    5. Melt butter and combine the melted butter with the Panko bread crumbs. Mix until well combined.
    6. Pour Panko bread crumbs over the top of the broccoli and cauliflower.
    7. Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes then remove foil.
    8. Bake for another 10 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown and the cauliflower and broccoli are fork tender.

    Servings: Makes 6 ( 1 cup ) servings

    GREEN: 3 Smartpoints per serving

    BLUE: 3 Smartpoints per serving

    PURPLE: 3 Smartpoints per serving

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 452mgCarbohydrates: 19gNet Carbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

Breann

Saturday 17th of April 2021

How many total calories is in this dish? So I know how may calories to put in my fitness pal app.

Lindsay Kehl

Thursday 29th of April 2021

HI Breann

This has 256 calories per serving. The nutritional info has been updated and can be found on the bottom of the recipe card, as a reference!

Have a wonderful day!

Tashina

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

This dish made it into our regular rotation. I changed the plain tostitos dip to Herr's Salsa Con Queso (2 tbsp: 25 cal, 1.5 g fat, 0 sat fat, 0 sugar, 0 carbs), added a jalapeno, chili powder, onion powder, and some cajun seasoning. Lost the breadcrumbs and instead after 25 min, I sprinkle chopped bell pepper because my son wanted some more crunch.

Ashley Hyer

Friday 1st of May 2020

Hello! Do you use fresh or frozen broccoli & cauliflower?? (This looks so good!!)

Linda

Thursday 10th of October 2019

Is the broccoli and cauliflower cooked first or put in dish raw? Thanks Linda

Lindsay Kehl

Thursday 10th of October 2019

Hi Linda

They are placed in the dish raw. Thank you

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Cecilia

Saturday 17th of August 2019

Hello! I was excited to see the recipe because I love veggies and cheese. How do you come up with 6 points for a cup of cheese sauce? I cannot make that calculate on my weight watcher app. I come up with 12 points per cup. Please help me out! I appreciate it!

Lindsay Kehl

Saturday 17th of August 2019

Hi Cecilia,

If you do a search for “Tostitos Cheese Dip” it will pull up-and it’s already defaults to 1 cup. And it reads 6 points. Or if you change it to 2 tbsp. It shows 1 point.

Here’s the nutritional info for 2 Tbsp on the cheese as well:

Calories:40 Protein:0 Sugar 0 Saturated Fat: 1

Thanks so much

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