Low Fat Broccoli Gratin

Low Fat Broccoli Gratin

Hi all, sorry I didn’t have a new post for you yesterday! It was a long day of flying back to Arizona and I was just too dang tired to post!

Did you guys know that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK?! How is this possible?! So not ready! However, we totally started putting up Christmas decorations. I know, it’s early. But, see, I just don’t care! Ha! We are always traveling during the holidays so we figured it was okay to decorate early since we won’t be here to enjoy it!

Since Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, I have another side dish recipe for you! Today, it’s the veggies. Broccoli to be exact. While potatoes gratin is just wonderful, it’s not very healthy. This recipe will satisfy your craving for cheesy and creamy goodness without all the calories and starch. I used just broccoli here, but you could also do a combo of broccoli and cauliflower! Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables so of course, it would grace my Thanksgiving table. And who doesn’t love broccoli covered in cheese? That’s right. Nobody. I love the crispy panko topping on this too as it adds a nice crunch and texture to the dish.

Low Fat Broccoli Gratin


  • 5 cups broccoli, trimmed
  • 3 tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbs. flour
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs (can use more if you would like)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large pot of lightly salted, boiling, water, cook the broccoli until just tender (be careful not to over cook the broccoli!). Drain and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, melt the butter on medium heat. Stir in the flour with the butter and stir until well-combined. Add in the milk and cheddar cheese and whisk until smooth. Stir in the garlic powder and salt and pepper.
  4. In a 9×13 baking dish, add the broccoli. Pour the cheese mixture over the broccoli and mix to coat. Evenly distribute the panko bread crumbs over the top. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
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Low Fat Broccoli Gratin



  1. WHAT!! You started to put up Christmas decorations already! Your crazy!! I won’t start that until after Thanksgiving! love your low fat broccoli gratin!

  2. This looks so yummy! I’ll be trying this one!

  3. I wish I could start hanging up decorations, but my family is adamantly against it. Lame-os. BTW, this gratin looks delicious! And I love that it’s healthy, so I can eat like, triple portions. :)

  4. This looks great … I could eat the whole thing, right now :-)

  5. OH yes. I love broccoli and cheese and delicious baked things.

  6. I make almost this exact recipe and I love it. Great way to eat the yummy gratin without the guilt. :)

  7. This gratin looks absolutely delicious :D


  8. This looks like such healthy and totally satisfying way to eat broccoli!! Love it. :)

  9. I pretty much like anything “gratin” but I would especially like this one – broccoli is one of my favorite veggies!

  10. I love that this is a lowfat option to serve at Thanksgiving. Lord knows there is plenty of fat and calories in everything else, so this is definitely going on my Thanksgiving dinner table. :)

  11. Ooh this looks really yummy Stephanie! And I like that its a little healthier than the usual cheesy/starchy Thanksgiving sides :)

  12. I can’t believe you started putting up Christmas decorations! I finally hit pier 1 so I’m kinda ready, but not totally there yet! This dish looks all kinds of perfect! Love the fact that it’s low fat – so I have more room for dessert :)

  13. i love this side dish as an alternative to the heavy green bean casserole that my mom will be serving. don’t get me wrong, the casserole is heavenly but this would be a nice and much more waist-line friendly option! i’m thinking of making something like this later that weekend – i know my fam would love it girl!!

  14. I love that you ligtened up one of my very favorite dishes. Who doesn’t love broccoli and cheese together? Crazies, that’s who.

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