There’s something about creating healthier versions of comfort food that makes me giddy. We all have those comfort foods that we love – so what better way to enjoy them than with a guilt-free version?
Because then you can eat them all.day. E’RY day. Like, just get crazy with these mashed potatoes! Have them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – because they’re that good and THAT healthy.
And the thing is…they really aren’t mashed potatoes at all. I don’t think that cauliflower mashed potatoes really makes any sense logically, but we seem to call them that anyway, so let’s roll with it.
So yea. Cauliflower mashed potatoes are gonna rock your WORLD. They are lightyears better than the mashed cauliflower I’ve made in the past – and they’d probably make for better pancakes, too. I’ve got some recipes to come that are SO good your mind will be totally blown. But first, we better start with something you absolutely need to have first.
That’d be a food processor. Please don’t be angry with me…I know some of you don’t have one. But I have to tell you, it is my all-time favorite kitchen appliance. And if you are going to make your own foods like hummus, peanut butter, snack bars, or this pureed cauliflower, the investment will be TOTALLY worth it! We got this food processor by Cuisinart as a wedding gift. It is pretty affordable ($100) and works great. I know they are a bit expensive up front, but if you’re using it to make awesome recipes, you’ll get your money’s worth in no time.
Oh, and don’t worry about any of that nonsense about food processors being hard to clean. They rinse right off and are top rack dishwasher safe!
So that being said, you could definitely try to make this recipe with a blender or magic bullet, but I’m not sure you will get the right consistency. When making this, you also have to be a tad bit patient, too. The first time I made them, I poured in too much almond milk, thinking that they needed it to blend up. But the end result was kinda watery. So the next time, I only added a bit of almond milk, then let it run and occasionally stirred it up when needed. It still only took about 5 minutes…that probably speaks volumes about my practice of patience when I’m hungry.
Feel free to serve this pureed cauliflower with meatballs, meatloaf, chicken, bacon like a loaded potato (hint of what’s to come?)…or just about anything you want. You’ll be pleased!
Ok, let’s make some fake taters.
Yield 4 servings
Total recipe cost: $3.35 Create 4 servings, $0.84 per serving
- 1 whole head of cauliflower, washed and chopped into florets - $2.98
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder - $0.02
- 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper - $0.02
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened original almond milk - $0.02
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter - $0.33
- Place cauliflower in a pot with water over high heat. Bring to a boil, and boil for 5-7 minutes until cauliflower is tender.
- Drain cauliflower, and let cool slightly. This is important, you don't want it to be too steamy when you place in food processor.
- Add all ingredients to food processor. Process on low for a couple minutes, and scrape cauliflower off sides. Continue to process, alternating on low to high every minute or so for about 5 minutes until completely smooth.
- Serve immediately. They also reheat well!
Serving Size 1/4 recipe
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Sodium 67 mg
Total Carbohydrates 12 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 4 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Do you have a food processor? What are your favorite cauliflower recipes?
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