Think about everything you love about mashed potatoes: the texture, the creaminess, and the salty-sweet flavor. Now think about why you do avoid mashed potatoes: the calories and the carbs! I love mashed potatoes, but the calories and carbs that it contains is a real deal breaker for us and I’m sure those carbs and calories are deal breakers for you, too.
But what if you were told that you can enjoy delicious mashed potato-like side dishes without feeling guilty after? Would you give it a go?
With this cauliflower mock mashed potatoes recipe, you simply cannot say no! It is easy, cheap, and delicious so no more excuses for you and certainly no more deprivation either.
- 1 large head of cauliflower (organic)
- 5 cloves of garlic or more depending on preference
- 2 tbsps. Butter
- Salt and ground pepper to taste
Once you have prepared all your ingredients, you will want to cut up your cauliflower including the stems. Do not worry if the florets do not look pretty. Once you have those ready, prepare your steamer and throw in the peeled garlic cloves and the cauliflower stems and florets. At about the 20 minute mark, check that you still have water and to see if the florets are soft.
If they are still a bit hard, add another 5 to 10 minutes and do not worry if they get mushy. Once you are happy with your cauliflower, drain the florets and dump the steamed garlic and cauliflower into your blender or food processor. Blend and blend until it is smooth then add your pepper and nutmeg. Blend again for another minute or so, and then add your butter and seasonings.
It is as simple as that and you have a highly nutritious and low-carb mashed potato substitute! You can eat all of it in one go but you can also save some for later and store the leftovers in the fridge. This dish heats up like a dream so you can enjoy it any time. You may add some herbs or seasonings like I do if you want more flavors in your mashed cauliflower.
Did you like this recipe? Watch out for the next scrumptious cauliflower recipe in this series!