Ever tried a mashed potato alternative that is big on flavour?
Call this dish mashed “faux-tatoes” or simply what they are “mashed cauliflower”, this savory dish makes a perfect low-carb side for any meals. You will get to cut-down on calories but not on flavour with this recipe (it has less than a quarter of the calories of typical mashed potatoes).
Don’t get me wrong, potatoes taste great, but don’t offer as many nutrients than cauliflower. Bonus: steaming or boiling cauliflower takes less time than dealing with cooking potatoes.
Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family (along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts) and are an excellent source of antioxidants and compounds such as sulforaphane, which helps with detoxification and hormone balance.
Best of all, if you have picky eaters living at your house, this may be a great dish for them to incorporate some veggies in their diet. How many times have you cooked a delicious and healthy meal, only to be confronted with a child who refuses to eat it, let alone taste it? Even the fussiest eaters won’t suspect these are made from cauliflower.
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
¼ cup butter
¼ cup oil (olive or avocado)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp mayo
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp paprika
Optional: chives, green onions, parsley, cilantro for garnish
- Bring a pot of water to boil. Turn the head to low medium and add the cauliflower florets. Cook covered for 15 minutes, until they are soft and tender. Note: you can also steam them instead of boiling them.
- Remove cauliflower from heat and drain the water. Place the cauliflower in a food processor or blender.
- Melt the butter in a pan and sautee the garlic for approximately 2 minutes.
- Add the mixture and all remaining ingredients to the food processor or blender. Puree until smooth and creamy.
- Serve hot and sprinkle some garnish or extra nutritional yeast on top.