A keto friendly low carb ham and cauliflower rice casserole recipe. It’s a great to use up any leftover ham from the holidays. Easy and delicious!
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Like a lot of people, we generally serve ham at our holiday dinners. I’ve already got my ham ready to go in the refrigerator and I’m planning to make my keto cauliflower mashed potatoes with spinach.
But I still have leftovers in the freezer from the huge ham I roasted on Easter. Thankfully, I used a vacuum sealer to keep those leftovers fresh a lot longer by preventing freezer burn.
Well, now that Easter has arrived I figured I better start using up that frozen ham meat. So I started searching for a good recipe.
A cheesy cauliflower rice casserole
I ended up making this cheesy ham and cauliflower rice casserole recipe with spinach. It’s adapted from a dish credited to Martha Stewart. One of the changes I made was to substitute cauliflower for rice in the casserole. Although I used fresh, frozen or dehydrated cauliflower rice should work too.
The original recipe used Gruyere cheese which isn’t readily available so I used a mix of sharp cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. I also cut back on the spinach and omitted the onion.
Ingredients to make a ham and spinach rice casserole
For a healthier dish, this ham and rice casserole uses riced cauliflower instead of regular white rice. And it adds spinach which ups the nutrition with a healthy leafy green vegetable.
I used fresh baby spinach leaves. But frozen full leaf or cut spinach can be used as well. You’ll just want to squeeze as much water out of the spinach as possible before adding it.
The recipe calls for about 1/2 pound of chopped cooked ham. So it’s a great way to use up those holiday leftovers. We had a thinly sliced spiral ham so I just chopped the slices up. You can also used cubes pieces of cooked ham.
Other ingredients in the dish include almond milk, shredded cheese, eggs, and some seasonings. I also used a little dry white wine. But the cooking wine can be replaced with vinegar, lemon juice, or chicken broth.
How to make the ham and cauliflower rice casserole
If using frozen spinach, you’ll want to squeeze out as much of the water as possible. Fresh spinach can be used as is.
The spinach is then combined with the cauliflower rice, almond milk, eggs, and most of the shredded cheese along with salt and pepper. It’s then set aside.
Garlic is cooked in hot olive oil until fragrant then the wine (or substitute) is added to the garlic and cooked for about 3 minutes. The chopped ham is then added and cooked until it warmed.
Serving the casserole
You’ll get about six good size servings from the cheesy spinach, ham ,and cauliflower rice casserole recipe. If you need more servings, the recipe could easily be doubled and baked in a bigger 9×13-inch baking pan.
It’s best to serve the casserole fresh out of the oven. But leftovers are great reheated in the microwave or conventional oven and they last for several days in the refrigerator.
The casserole makes a complete meal. But it also goes well with a cup of romaine lettuce soup or a tossed salad.
Spinach, Ham and Cauliflower Rice Casserole Recipe
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Ham and Cauliflower Rice Casserole with Spinach
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- 10 ounce package frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry (fresh would work too!)
- 1 cups cooked cauliflower rice can be fresh or leftover
- 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sharp white cheddar cheese shredded, divided
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 lb cooked ham diced
- Preheat oven to 375°F degrees.
- Squeeze out as much water as possible from the thawed spinach.
- In a large bowl, combine spinach, cauliflower rice, milk, eggs, 1/3 cup of the cheddar, 1/3 cup of the mozzarella cheese, salt, and pepper.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant and beginning to brown.
- Add the wine to the garlic mixture and cook about 3 minutes or until the wine is evaporated.
- Add the diced ham and cook about 2 minutes or until the ham is thoroughly warmed.
- Stir the ham mixture into the spinach mix and stir to combine.
- Transfer to a small casserole dish (I used a 7×11 pan) and sprinkle remaining cheddar and mozzarella cheeses on top.
- Bake 25-30 minutes or until the casserole has browned on top.
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Post updated in December 2018. Originally published April 2015.