Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes

They say we all have a twin out there and that is true for mashed potatoes as well!  Starting today through Thursday I am going to be sharing three very traditional Thanksgiving items, but the healthier version.  This way we can enjoy all the splendor of Thanksgiving without partaking of too many harmful substances. DSC_0681As I have admitted before, I am not terribly fond of potatoes.  I do my best to avoid eating them:-) I have never really taken to the joy that most people find in a potato.  As I got older and realized that they weren’t the best source of nutrition and I was finally free of the need to keep trying to like them.  I also struggle with most of the ingredients that naturally accompany potatoes: butter, sour cream and bacon.  I know — I have just offended most males.  Sorry!  However I have found a great alternative for those who, for whatever reason, prefer not to eat potatoes.  Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes.DSC_0693My amazing mother is once again the one who taught me this principle.  I am ashamed to admit that the first time she made them for me I did not react favorably… that is to say I have no recollection of it at all.  I remember the second time she made these and I flipped over them!  Now I feel like I should clarify something.  Mashed Cauliflower does not taste like mashed potatoes, but it looks like it… and it is so much better for you.  I love being able to pair mashed cauliflower with meals that traditionally use potatoes.  It feels so great knowing I am putting a ton of vegetables into my body!DSC_0697There are many ways you can make this recipe.  My mom adds milk and cheese (and maybe even a little butter) to make them taste a little more like potatoes.  I am a purist and tend to only add seasoning.  Make these however it will taste good to you.  If you do add a little cheese… or even a little butter you are still eating healthier by putting them on cauliflower:-)   DSC_0705

Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes

1 lg/ 2 sm cauliflower heads

¾ t salt

¼ – ½ t pepper

½ t onion salt

¼ t garlic powder

½ t lemon pepper

Milk of choice (optional) *

  1. Chop cauliflower into small chunks.  Steam cauliflower until tender.
  2. Place steamed cauliflower into a mixing bowl or blender.  Either beat with a mixer, hand mixer or blender.
  3. If you like chunks, beat the cauliflower a little less.  If you like it smooth and creamy blend or beat until cauliflower is smooth.
  4. Add seasoning.  Remember that all cauliflowers are different sizes and we all have different tastes.  The spice amounts above are more of a guideline than strict instructions.  Adjust as needed.

* I usually don’t add any milk, but if you need that extra creamy feeling then go ahead and add a little bit.  You will then have to add a bit more seasoning.

This is one of my Thanksgiving staples!  I know it doesn’t work for everybody, but it tastes great and it is so good for you.  Even if it doesn’t make it onto your Thanksgiving table it makes for a great side dish every other day of the year as well!DSC_0727 DSC_0724DSC_0728Good luck with all your preparations leading up to Thursday… I know it can be a hectic week!

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