Turkey Cauliflower Baked Ziti

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This turkey cauliflower baked ziti uses cooked cauliflower instead of pasta noodles so it’s low-carb and gluten-free while still being cheesy and delicious. Recipe is from Megan Gilmore’s cookbook, No Excuses Detox.

Healthy low carb turkey cauliflower baked ziti on a plate with a fork.

Happy Thursday! This is an exciting week because my lovely friend Megan Gilmore of Detoxinista just launched a new cookbook called No Excuses Detox. It’s a follow-up to her first cookbook, Everyday Detox, which features the caramelized onion and red bell pepper frittata recipe I shared here on EBF a while back.

Megan and I both graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and have a similar approach to health and wellness. Megan focuses on detoxing, but not in the traditional way most people think of detoxing. Rather than asking you to follow a strict diet for 30 days or less, she’s promoting the idea of enjoying delicious meals made from whole foods all year long. This approach is about lifestyle changes that help to optimize digestion, gently remove toxins and promote effortless weight loss and lasting health. <– LOVE!

No Excuses Detox by Megan Gilmore

With this new cookbook, Megan is addressing the five most common excuses people give when it comes to not eating well consistently:

  • Not enough time
  • It’s too expensive
  • Picky eaters in the family
  • Always on the go
  • Too many cravings

She provides helpful advice for all five issues and presents a collection of 100 satisfying, family-friendly recipes developed with speed, convenience and optimum digestion in mind. All the meals are quick to prepare, affordable and delicious!

The cookbook is filled with the recipes and gorgeous photos but also includes:

  • 3 complete weekly meal plans with shoppings lists
  • a breakdown of cost per serving for each recipe <– So helpful for those of us on a budget!
  • notes for 15 and 30 minute recipes
  • notes for kid-friendly and freezer friendly recipes

After flipping through the cookbook I immediately bookmarked a handful of recipes I want to make soon, but ultimately decided to make the cauliflower baked ziti first.

Cauliflower Baked Ziti Uncooked in a baking dish topped with cheese.

Low Carb Baked Ziti With Cauliflower

I’m so glad I did because it’s absolutely delicious. If you’ve never had baked ziti before, it’s basically like lasagna but without all the work of layering ingredients. I’m all about short-cut recipes with minimal ingredients so this baked cauliflower ziti is right up my alley. I added ground turkey for some additional protein, but otherwise followed Megan’s recipe exactly. The recipe makes a lot (about six servings) so Isaac and I ate the ziti over the course of a few days and it never got old! I already want to make another batch.

Tips and Suggestions

  • I used store-bought pizza sauce instead of making my own just to keep things simple, but feel free to get ambitious make a homemade version. There’s a recipe in Megan’s cookbook (page 186) or you can use my homemade pizza sauce recipe.
  • The recipe calls for shredded goat cheddar cheese. I had a hard time finding this at our local Whole Foods so I went with a similar goat cheese. If you have a hard time finding goat cheddar, feel free to sub regular cheddar cheese or shredded mozzarella.

Low Carb Turkey Cauliflower Baked Ziti in a baking dish with melted cheese on top.
Megan mentions in the cookbook that all of her taste-testers, even self-proclaimed cauliflower-haters loved this cauliflower baked ziti recipe and I can see why. It’s sooo good. I hope you like it as much as we do!

How to Meal Prep or Make-Ahead

You can prepare this dish as a freezer meal by beating together the pizza sauce, eggs, cheese, and salt in a large bowl, then stirring in the raw cauliflower and spinach. Spread the mixture into a 9 by 13-inch oven-safe dish and top with the shredded cheese, then cover and freeze for up to 3 months. To heat, thaw in the fridge overnight, then place the dish in a cold oven. (You don’t want to risk a glass dish shattering from a drastic temperature change.) Turn on the oven to 350°F and bake uncovered until the cheese on top is golden and the eggs in the center of the dish are cooked thoroughly, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

More Cozy Bakes and Casseroles

Be sure to check out all of the turkey recipes here on EBF.

Turkey Cauliflower Baked Ziti

4 from 42 votes
This turkey cauliflower baked ziti uses cooked cauliflower instead of pasta noodles so it’s low-carb and gluten-free while still being cheesy and delicious. 
Cauliflower baked ziti topped with parmesan before its cooked.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets and chopped
  • cups Pizza Sauce
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 4 eggs
  • cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese*

Instructions
 

  • In a large Dutch oven, combine the cauliflower and pizza sauce and stir well to coat. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat and, once bubbling, lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pot to let the cauliflower cook until fork-tender, about 15 minutes.
  • While cauliflower is cooking, grab a skillet and sauté the turkey until cooked, drain and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, grated cheese, and salt. Set aside. After the cauliflower is tender, stir in the spinach and simmer to cook off any excess moisture in the pot, to ensure that the final result isn’t watery. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the turkey as well as the egg and cheese mixture. Top with the shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, until the eggs have set and the cheese is bubbly on top. Allow the dish to cool for 10 minutes, then serve warm. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • Megan recommends using goat cheddar.
  • MAKE IT AHEAD: You can prepare this dish as a freezer meal by beating together the pizza sauce, eggs, cheese, and salt in a large bowl, then stirring in the raw cauliflower and spinach. Spread the mixture into a 9 by 13-inch oven-safe dish and top with the shredded cheese, then cover and freeze for up to 3 months. To heat, thaw in the fridge overnight, then place the dish in a cold oven. (You don’t want to risk a glass dish shattering from a drastic temperature change.) Turn on the oven to 350°F and bake uncovered until the cheese on top is golden and the eggs in the center of the dish are cooked thoroughly, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Recipe reprinted with permission from No Excuses Detox, copyright © 2017 by Megan Gilmore. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of recipe Calories: 263kcal Carbohydrates: 12g Protein: 30g Fat: 10g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 8g
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cauliflower baked ziti

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    71 comments
    1. cynthia
      June 8, 2022 AT 1:55 pm

      5 stars
      Incredibly delicious and surprisingly contains no pasta. The cauliflower maintains it body and presents beauifully like a nice ziti or lasagna dinner. The eggs and cheese mingle flavorfully with the tomato sauce. I also modified due to dietary restrictions and could not imagine it being more tasty. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 9, 2022 AT 9:58 am

        Hi Cynthia, so glad that this recipe worked for you! Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment with your experience. I appreciate it!

    2. Lexi
      April 13, 2022 AT 4:05 pm

      5 stars
      5 Star Recipe! This meal has quickly made it’s way on the bi-weekly dinner rotation in our household. Even my 15 month old loves it and the best part is there are always leftovers. Such a great nutrient dense meal.

      One additional thing I add is a few cloves of garlic, simply because I love it.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 14, 2022 AT 9:28 am

        Woo! This makes me so happy to hear, Lexi! Thank you so much for sharing, I really appreciate it 🙂

    3. Ashley
      March 14, 2022 AT 8:01 pm

      5 stars
      AH! Another hit from this wonderful site! I made some modifications and it was still great!

      Added quinoa and eggplant, also experimented with ricotta and mozzarella on half the batch – kids devoured it. I know I switched it up, but thank you so much for the base! This is going on repeat. : )

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 15, 2022 AT 8:58 am

        Woo! Glad this recipe was a hit, Ashley. Thank you for sharing your swaps and modifications! I really appreciate you coming back to leave a review and star rating.

    4. Tammy
      November 29, 2021 AT 9:03 am

      5 stars
      This was awesome. I found the goat cheese easy at my local Wholefoods.

      I made a tasty mistake and added the goat 2oz of goat cheese to the egg and grated cheese mixture. But I think it added to the flavor. I also add more goat cheese on the top.

      I also seasoned the ground turkey with a little Adobo seasoning…It tasted just like regular baked ziti without the extra carbs or calories.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 29, 2021 AT 10:19 am

        Happy to hear you enjoyed this turkey cauliflower baked ziti, Tammy! Love your tasty mistake :). Thanks for the review!

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