Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Casserole


 The best flavours of fall come together in this low carb butternut squash casserole.  A perfect Thanksgiving side dish. 

Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Casserole

I’m immensely pleased with myself at the moment.  Not just because this is a delicious low carb casserole recipe that I am excited to share with you.  And not just because I am ahead of the game here and bringing you a great Thanksgiving side dish with plenty of time to spare.  But because of the photos I managed to get.  Okay, so there is nothing earth shattering about the composition or the lighting or the styling.  But look closely at the photo of the casserole dished out.  Do you see it, do you see it?  It’s a little faint, but yes, that is steam rising from the food.  I can’t believe I managed to catch that on camera!

Low Carb Butternut & Cauliflower Casserole

This might not seem like a big deal to you, but it sure is to me!  I have tried to capture steam rising from my food before and not been even remotely successful.  I even did a little reading on how to do it and was discouraged because it seemed beyond my ken.  And I am sure this was just pure luck, with the right light and the right dark backdrop.  But when casserole really was hot from the oven and when I inserted the spoon, there was so much gorgeous steam, I had to try to capture it.  I got a number of pictures with little whisps here and there but this was the best of the lot.  And it makes what amounts to mashed vegetables look that much more inviting.  If I knew what I was doing on Photoshop, I am sure I could have enhanced the effect a little more, but I am happy with it as it is.

Butternnut Squash & Cauliflower Casserole

Now for the food itself.  Butternut squash is such a fall comfort food, but it’s just high carb enough not to be all that good for me.  Still, I saw some lovely ones at our local farmer’s market and I had to get one.  Along with a very large head of cauliflower, and I knew they’d be a great combo.  Stir in a little Parmesan, cream and dried thyme and you have yourself a delicious low carb dish for Thanksgiving.  It made my whole house smell like the holidays.

Please check out my Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Casserole Recipe on A Sweet Life Diabetes Magazine

Serves 12.  Each serving has 7 g of carbs and 1 g of fiber.  Total NET CARBS = 6 g.

81 Calories; 4g Fat (45.9% calories from fat); 5g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 12mg Cholesterol; 326mg Sodium.

Low Carb Butternut Squash Recipe

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  1. Katharine says

    I’ve got the ingredients so I’m going to do a test run on this recipe with hopes for thanksgiving!! thank you! gorgeous pic, too. Can’t wait for pics of the pecan pie I hope you’re working on… :)

  2. Patricia says

    Being from the great white North our Thanksgiving has now past, so it will have to be for
    Christmas or maybe my hubby’s b day in a couple of weeks……looks very good!
    I love butternut squash but it is higher in carbs….I didn’t think of mixing it with cauliflower….so thanks for that….your pics are great but am i the only one who thinks that the dish you used is just the cutest thing!! I appreciate your website as I find myself returning to it over and over again for great recipes….

    • Carolyn says

      Thanks, Patricia. Do you mean the rooster dish? Wanna hear something crazy? I got that at my wedding and I’ve never used it. I’ve always wanted to but thought maybe it wasn’t oven-safe. It finally occurred to me to look it up online!!! It’s some French company (Lovel, I think) and they sell it at a lot of places so the info was right there…oven-safe to over 500 degrees.

      • Gail says

        Going to try this dish soon. I love squash and cauliflower. But, I have to admit that the first thing I noticed was the cute dish it was baked in. Maybe I can get this in on the Thanksgiving menu if not then for Christmas.

  3. Anna says

    I agree, that chicken baking dish is so cute! It’s the first thing I noticed. The recipe looks great. Although I like butternut squash on its own, I honestly think I’d like it even more with cauliflower added.

    I’m just starting on the whole lower carbohydrate way of eating, today is my second day. I have a metabolic issue that’s resulted in out of whack insulin levels and the doctor said to cut out as much sugar and grains/starches/carbs as I can. Been scouring the internet looking for awesome recipes and I’ve already found several on your website, can’t wait to try them! We always go to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving I think we will bring this recipe and a nice salad to share. If I eat them plus some turkey, it will be a wonderful meal even without my beloved mashed potatoes and other carb-y delights.

    Thanks for the great looking recipes, can’t wait to try them!

  4. Susan Hayes says

    Great picture moment, well done!

    Even better is that my 15 y/o with autism, who used to eat a total of about 8 foods, no veg, no fruit until we started giving him heavy doses of vitamins loved this!!! He ate it first and signed for “more please!”

    When I was diagnosed pre diabetic this summer I realized that by taking grains and starches off the table we were also going gluten free. Something we had tried back when our kiddo was 6 or 7 with absolutely no success. It is fair to say it was a disaster. No pasta, no crackers etc equaled plenty of tantrums and melt downs. Since we’re mostly gluten free already seems like the time to really give it a go and see if it helps him. He’s been eating better since we upped the vitamins but I still consider it a joy and a miracle to watch him snarf down butter nut squash and cauliflower! Snarling, I tell you, no gagging, or worse, just wonders and miracles:-)

    Thank you again for making my low carb, sugar free and now gluten free life easier and delicious!

    • Carolyn says

      That’s wonderful! I am glad he loved it so much. I can’t imagine how hard it is when a kid eats so very little variety. I wish you luck in getting him more gluten free!

  5. Lizzie says

    There’s way too much Photoshopping in the world already, thanks for capturing something very real and just letting it be its unaltered beautiful self.

      • Kathy says

        We had this last night as part of our Christmas meal. Much as my family loves fauxtatoes, it can get “same old, same old” when we do that dish to death in every occasion calling out for mashed pototoes. I decided to make this, and it was a huge success, not just for the taste, which is delicious and doesn’t taste like cauliflower, but for the gorgeous colour. Another winner by Carolyn!

  6. Lisa says

    I have tried several times to retrieve the Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Recipe from the magazine site is not loading the recipe. Will you email me a copy of this recipe or post the recipe in comments?

    Thanks so much for your help!

  7. Jules says

    Looks yummy but I don’t see a recipe on this page and when you follow the link it says the site is down for maintenance :(


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