4 Healthy Spins on Food Truck Fare

Photo: Justin McChesney-Wachs

Successful food trucks showcase quality food and ingredients in simple yet decadent meals that taste homemade. The most popular trucks, like L.A.’s Son of a Bun, can work up quite a queue. Skip the line with these four health-conscious spins on our favorite food truck fare.

Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

You’ll want to put this savory cheese sauce on everything. Cauliflower is rich in vitamins C and K and has been shown to help fight inflammation.

1 small head cauliflower, florets removed and chopped
2 T olive oil
2 T butter
½ small yellow onion, diced
2 T flour
2 cups whole milk
1 cup chicken bone broth
1½ cups Gruyére or Monterey Jack cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup sliced almonds
12 ounces Rigatoni (or favorite) pasta
Salt and pepper

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper on a large baking sheet. Roast for 20–25 minutes, tossing once, until golden. Turn oven to 375 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook the pasta to al dente, drain and put in a 9×13-inch baking dish prepared with non-stick spray. In the meantime, heat the butter in a large saucepan oven medium-high heat. Add the onion and 1 teaspoon salt, and sauté for 10 minutes, until golden. Add the flour, stirring with a wooden spoon for one minute. Whisk in the milk and bone broth and let bubble until the mixture starts to thicken, about 5–6 minutes. Stir in the cheese, until smooth. Turn off the heat and whisk in the egg. Immediately add the cheese sauce to a food processor, along with the cauliflower, and purée until smooth. Pour the cheese sauce into the dish with the pasta, stir to combine and top with the almonds. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes, until top is golden.