Okay, I admit, I really like potatoes. Baked, fried, mashed, in chip form, etc., I have a thing for using regular or sweet potatoes as side dishes. However, just like I could live in the same pair of yoga pants everyday, it’s nice to occasionally step outside the box and put on actual clothes, or in this case, create a different side dish.
Have no fear, this alternative is super healthy and will fill you up without filling you out. So, what is this secret ingredient to a figure friendly mashed potato alternative? Cauliflower! A little cooking, a little smashing, and you have yourself a comforting companion to any meal.
1 head cauliflower (organic if possible)
1-2 Tbsp Earth Balance vegan butter
1 clove garlic
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
almond milk (if needed)
1. Wash and de-stem the cauliflower. Chop into chunks and place in a large pot of water.
2. Bring water to a boil and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until tender.
3. Drain cauliflower and place in a food processor along with the garlic clove, Earth Balance, salt and pepper. Pulse to process until ingredients are mixed well. Add almond milk if you want it a little creamier. Process until your liking. Less will result in a chunkier mixture, and more will give you a smooth creamy mash. Adjust seasonings as needed.
3. Transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately.
This was so creamy, filling and delicious. It definitely satisfied my mashed potato cravings. Also, the great thing about this recipe is that it can be adapted to fit in with any meal or tastes. Try different seasonings (rosemary would be delicious!) or if you are still wanting potatoes, try using half potatoes and half cauliflower for a lower calorie dish. Mmmm…I only wish I had made a bigger batch…..