Cauliflower Creamed Spinach is a plant based remake of the classic! a side dish for everyone –low carb, soy, gluten, oil, nut free!
recipe originally published March 8, 2017
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- The Best Vegan Creamed Spinach
- How To Make Cauliflower Creamed Spinach
- Can Creamed Spinach Be Made Ahead?
- How Long Does Creamed Spinach Last?
- Can Creamed Spinach Be Reheated?
- Vegan Holiday Recipes
- Vegan Creamed Spinach Recipe
Vegan creamed spinach
The classic steak house side dish gets a vegan update with a rich cauliflower cream. Just as easy to make as the traditional recipe, and has an updated nutritional profile as well - this recipe is vegan, gluten free, and cholesterol free!
Bonus: Do you have low carb eaters at your holiday events? This is the dish to serve!
How to make this recipe
Creamed spinach is such a classic recipe, why not add it to your dinner party plan? This recipe is quick and easy to make, and calls for everyday ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Also, the method is straight forward:
- Roast a head of garlic
- while the garlic is roasting...
- Boil cauliflower
- (Reserve the cooking broth)
- Blend cauliflower with broth and seasonings
- Transfer sauce to saucepan over low heat
- Fold in fresh spinach
- Stir to combine and wilt spinach
- Serve warm
Read on for make ahead, meal prep tips.
Can this recipe be made ahead
If you are making this for the holidays, a dinner party or just meal prepping for your week, Vegan Creamed Spinach can be made ahead! In fact, it is incredibly easy! I prep the cream sauce ahead of time, and have the fresh spinach on hand to finish just before serving. Store both components in the refrigerator.
Simply transfer the refrigerated cream sauce to an appropriate sized saucepan and heat over medium heat, until warmed through. Once the sauce is hot, add the fresh spinach and stir to combine and coat the spinach. That's it! Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy.
How Long Does Creamed Spinach Last?
This Vegan Creamed Spinach will last 3 days if properly stored. Transfer leftover creamed spinach to a container with a lid that seals, and keep refrigerated.
If you are meal prepping this vegan creamed spinach recipe for future meals, keep the fresh spinach separate from the sauce. Allow sauce to cool completely before refrigerating.
Can Cauliflower Creamed Spinach Be Reheated?
Creamed Spinach can be reheated on the stove top or in the oven.
- Heat spinach in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently until warmed through
- Transfer spinach to a baking dish and bake at 325 °F for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
Vegan Holiday Recipes
- Ginger Cranberry Sauce
- Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Sausage Pies
- Shiitake Rosemary Gravy
- Hearty Roasted Mushroom Bisque
- Lemon Brussels and Kale Salad
- Portobello Wellingtons
- Garlic Pistachio Tarts
- Cranberry Fluff Jello Salad
- Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie
- Candy Cane Truffles
- Chocolate Pretzel Reindeer
- Homemade Baileys Irish Cream
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Vegan Creamed Spinach
this plant based update on the steak house classic is rich and creamy and incredibly flavorful!
- 1 garlic head, roasted
- 1 large head cauliflower, peeled and chopped
- 1 cube or teaspoon vegan boullion
- 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup white wine / dry vermouth
- 2 pounds fresh raw baby spinach
- Peel outer layers away, leaving cloves intact with inner peel on. Carefully slice top from the head of garlic. Place in center of a small piece of foil and loosely wrap. Optional: drizzle with olive oil before wrapping (if not oil free). Roast the garlic in a 400° F oven for 45 - 55 minutes, or until soft.
- Place chopped cauliflower in large stock pot with the vegetable bouillon. Add enough water to completely cover cauliflower and then some – an inch or two over. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer. Continue at a simmer for 6-8 minutes, or until cauliflower is tender.
- Reserve the cooking broth.
- Using a mesh strainer with a bowl underneath, drain cauliflower and set aside to cool slightly.
- In a blender, combine cauliflower with one third cup reserved cooking broth, roasted garlic, nutritional yeast, onion powder, nutmeg, and sea salt. (Depending on size of cauliflower, I sometimes use ⅓ cup broth, and sometimes need ½ cup broth.)
- Carefully blend cauliflower mixture at highest speed until completely smooth, pausing to scrape sides with spatula as needed. (Adjust consistency by adding more broth as needed.)
- Transfer sauce to saucepan over low heat. Add vermouth / wine.
- Fold in fresh spinach. Stir to combine, and continue to stir as sauce warms through and spinach wilts – several minutes.
- Transfer to serving bowl and serve warm.
low carb, dairy, egg, soy, oil, and gluten free, vegan
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 212mgCarbohydrates: 6gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g
nutrition calculations results vary by calculator, are for informational purposes only, and are not intended to replace medical advice or treatment.
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Can this be made ahead of time and reheated? Thinking about making it for Christmas Dinner but I like to be any busier in the kitchen that day so I like to make as much ahead of time as I can. Even if I could just make the sauce ahead, reheat it the day of and add the spinach right before serving. Please give me your thoughts. If you have other recipes that would reheat well and stay hot for a little bit please share.
Kristina Sloggett says
hi Melissa! the sauce can definitely be made ahead! I'd probably just make the sauce ahead, heat it up and quickly add the spinach - that part takes so little time.
some of my other make ahead recipes that work for holiday eats:
Mini Sausage Pies
Broccoli Cheese Muffins
Lemon Brussels & Kale Salad
Spiced Pumpkin Basil Cheese Ball
Crispy Maple Mustard Stuffed Potato Balls
Cranberry Fluff Jello Salad
Spicy Potato Lentil Pies
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This looks delicious! I love everything spinach and i recently made a creamy vegan cauliflower sauce for glutn free pasta that i would have been happy to drink gallons of. I can't wait to try your combo. I've made so many cashew cream sauces it's so nice to finally have a nut free and much lower fat creamy sauce option!
Yum! I love that this is so creamy and vegan. And the color is very pretty too.