I must admit that there are times when I want to go into carb overload and one of my favorite go to items is MASHED POTATOES! If I could I would eat entire gallon. Sad, but hey, I’m being honest. 🙂 However, given that I am really focusing this year to develop a better relationship with food, as well as utilize food as fuel, while enjoying it in the process. I have to find ways to still indulge, yet stay true to my goals. A few years ago I was at a restaurant and Mashed Cauliflower was an available side items for my chicken dish. I was told that they are just like Mashed Potatoes, being that I’m a mashed potato fanatic, I thought, “Why not?” Well, after one bite, I realized why, because it was gross. The cauliflower had a bitter taste and the texture was a mix between lumpy, creamy and chunky. No thank you!
Last week, at the Farmer’s Market, there was a great deal on Cauliflower ($1.50), so snagged one. Ideally, i was going to simply roast it (which is another awesome way to enjoy cauliflower), but was reminded of the failed Cauliflower Mash that I had and decided that I was going to find a way to make it taste good. So, I tried it and it was AMAZING! Since then, I’ve gotten my teenage brother and sister to ask me to make it on the regular, we’ve had it a few times since then. So yes, it is kid approved, health approved, and taste bud approved!
Here is the recipe:
- 1 Head of Cauliflower (rinsed and cut into florets)
- 1/4 cup of water
- Seasonings of your choice (I used a few dashes of homemade Emeril’s Essence)
- Place the water and cauliflower into a sauce pot and bring to a medium bowl.
- Let boil/steam until the florets are tender, but not mushy. (You can steam the cauliflower using a steamer, as well, to get the same effect.)
- Transfer the cauliflower and water (there is flavor and nutrients in the water so keep it) to a food processor or blender and pulse until the cauliflower is the desired texture you want. You can also use a potato masher if you would like.
- Transfer mashed cauliflower back into the pot and bring the temperature down to low.
- Add more seasonings, spices, cheese, butter, green onions, or whatever else you would like to add to your mashed cauliflower.