Mashed Cauliflower “Potatoes”

19 Nov

Here’s a simple swap you can make that’ll save you hundreds of calories and help you meet your daily vegetable requirements: in mashed potato recipes, use cauliflower instead.  It’s super easy.

Step 1: Cut up cauliflower.  No need to remove the stems or cut into little pieces since it’s all going to be blended up anyways.

Step 2: Place cauliflower in a pot of boiling water (you can also use a steamer).  Cook until very soft.  Season with salt and pepper, and mashed potato-style seasonings, such as thyme and rosemary.

Step 3: Drain water before pureeing cauliflower in a blender.  I like to leave a few chunks to give that real mashed potato consistency.

Step 4 (optional): you can add more herbs like fresh parsley and re-heat over the stove.  Otherwise, serve and enjoy!

So next time you’re wondering what to do with that leftover cauliflower, or want to make a “comfort food” but need to stick to a diet, try this!  By the way, a 1/2 cup serving of mashed potatoes, nothing added, is 150 calories.  The same portion of cauliflower is 25 calories.

-Tess

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6 Responses to “Mashed Cauliflower “Potatoes””

  1. Claire November 20, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    So apparently when you cook veggies in water some of the nutrients seep out into the water. If you keep leftover boiling water for making soup or something (or steam veggies instead) then you make sure that you`re still using all the good stuff!

    Definitely going to cook a little mashed cauliflower this week! Potato allergy means I haven`t enjoyed that comfort food in 7 years- but that is about to change!

    • Tess and Jess November 20, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      (Tess) Good call Claire! I usually opt for steaming my veggies, but sometimes I’m pressed for time and I feel like boiling them is faster…? I should definitely start saving my water though. Hope you enjoy 😀

  2. Melanie Elliott November 21, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Good thought! With American Thanksgiving coming up this week, I was trying to figure out how to have a healthier option than potatoes! Though I love sweet potatoes, not everyone does! 🙂

    • Tess and Jess November 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

      No, and from what I understand most Americans make Sweet Potato Pie on Thanksgiving, which involves lots of butter and marshmallows (??). Not exactly a healthy alternative once you consider all the additions lol.

  3. Sam November 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    okay wow~ trying that tomorrow for dinner!!

    • Tess and Jess November 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

      (Tess) Seriously, it tastes the exact same! It’s a bit waterier though, so definitely drain as much as possible before blending 😉

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