Main Meals

March 12, 2022

Caulifower, Leek and Veggie Bacon Bake

You guys, I'm not going to lie, I love this dish. I really do. It's so comforting and satisfying, and even though it takes slightly longer to make than my other recipes, there's something about the preparation fo this that is really enjoyable. The smells of the sautéd vegetables, or the beginnings of the cheesy sauce, and then when the bake is actually cooking in the oven...oooh it's so good. I'm a big fan of macaroni cheese, but sometimes I don't fancy the pasta and this is a great way of getting in some vegetables and protein without feeling like you've had to sacrifice a classic meal. I've made it for friends and family recently too, and the looks on their faces when they tasted it, it was so great to see.

large cauliflower bake with portion missing, used spoon resting on side
Cauliflower, Leek and Veggie Bacon Bake

Filled with the good stuff

So recently I've been really into cauliflower, and I recently did some personal research into why it's so great. Turns out there's a number of different reasons:

  1. Due to being high in fibre and other certain plant compounds, it can help to reduce blood pressure and inflammatory damage, whilst feeding the healthy bacteria in your gut.
  2. It is high in vitamin C and sulphur, therefore boosting your immune system and improving your defence against infection.
  3. Cauliflower is also a source of Choline, which is an essential nutrient that we need for mood, memory and recall, whilst also helping with brain development and our central nervous system.
  4. As a cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower contains compound nutrients that may help to balance hormones by regulating oestrogen levels.

So a bake filled with an ingredient that promotes all these things? Yes please!! And don't forget you've also got leeks, garlic, nutritional yeast (I'm talking extra vitamin B12), mixed beans, what more could you want? You can thank me later...

side shot of creamy cauliflower bake
Creamy Cauliflower, Leek and Veggie Bacon Bake

Caulifower, Leek and Veggie Bacon Bake

A cheesy and creamy bake perfect for the colder seasons. Get ready to want a big bowl of this!!











  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 leeks, sliced into rings
  • 6 rashers veggie bacon, cubed
  • 800g mixed beans, drained
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tbsp garlic granules
  • 800ml milk (I love using oat or almond)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp plain flour (I also love using buckwheat flour)
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 200g smoked cheddar, grated (a vegan option is also available)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 slice of bread (Wholemeal or Sourdough is best)
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C / Fan 180°C / 375°F / Gas Mark 6.
  2. Place the mixed beans, dried oregano, fennel seeds, some olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper in a small baking tray. Give everything a stir and place in the oven to bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Gently place the cauliflower florets on another baking tray and sprinkle with the garlic granules and drizzle over some more olive oil. Place in the oven for 10 minutes, until the cauliflower has slightly charred and softened.
  4. In a large frying pan or wok, sauté the leeks, cubed veggie bacon and garlic cloves for roughly 5-10 minutes until the leeks have slightly softened and the bacon cubes have cooked through. Mix in the butter and once this has melted, stir in the flour. Gently add and stir in the milk a little bit at a time, until the sauce has thickened and the leeks and bacon are all mixed in. Add in the mustard, nutritional yeast, ground nutmeg, smoked paprika, cheddar cheese and a seasoning of salt and pepper and gently add in the roasted cauliflower. Give everything a gentle stir and place in a large baking dish.
  5. In a small blender or processor, mix together the slice of bread and herby bean mixture. Pulse until everything has turned into breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the cheesy cauliflower and leeks.
  6. Place the bake in the oven and cook for 30 minutes, or until the cheesy sauce is bubbling at the sides and the breadcrumbs have turned golden and crispy.
  7. Serve immediately.
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Monday, August 9, 2021
Vivien Christie
this version of veggie nachos is so tasty, we have it every time we entertain family and friends. It's a staple recipe, and so easy to make, you must try it!