I really enjoyed last week’s experiment with a lentil loaf, but having been so successful forced me to ask what an appropriate accompaniment to it should be. Mashed potatoes were the obvious choice, but was there anything I could do differently? That’s how we roll here at DinnerCakes.

Cauliflower

Now, there’s nothing wrong with white potatoes. As I’ve mentioned before, they are fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium and high in vitamin C. However, they also have a somewhat high glycemic index and, well, they aren’t exactly low on the calorie scale either (a fact that is always on my mind this time of year). Enter the cauliflower. This sucker is the ultimate competitor for the white potato. It too is fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium and has even more vitamin C than the white potato, providing you 100% of your daily vitamin C need with just 100 grams. And to top it all off, less than half the calories of the white potato. K.O.

Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes"

Cauliflower mashed potatoes is a pretty well known substitute and is incredibly easy to make. It’s so easy that I’m almost ashamed to write about it (almost). With a food processor and some common kitchen ingredients, you’re good to go. Without a doubt, I will be doing these again.

Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

1 head of cauliflower
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 milk/cream/water (optional)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons parsley

Cut the cauliflower into florets and steam for until tender; approximately 10 minutes. Don’t worry about overcooking. Once ready, transfer to a food processor along with the butter, thyme and parsley. Chop until smooth. If you like a creamier consistency, considering adding milk, cream or even water a bit at a time, continuing to process.

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4 Responses to “Even Healthier Mashed Potatoes – Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes"”

  1. But what do they taste like!?

  2. Chef Edwin says:

    Delicious! They tasted a lot like mashed potatoes to me, probably because I treated them as if I was working with potatoes instead of cauliflower. Definite sneaky fooling potential here.

  3. K says:

    Yum! This was really good. Now, you have to know that I LOVE mashed potatoes. I can eat them for weeks on end (and have). So, I was a bit skeptical about subsituting cauliflower into my favorite cowboy mashed potato recipe (just add cooked carrots, a jalepeno, corn, garlic and some cheddar)but I trust Chef Edwin. AMAZING. Sure, they aren't exactly like potatoes, but pretty darned close and maybe even better. The only thing you need to keep in mind when making this substitution is to be careful when adding milk, since it doesn't seem to suck it up like potatoes do.

  4. Chef Edwin says:

    Glad you like it, and good note about the milk. I'll have to try your cowboy twist next time I pull this one out.