Mashed Cauliflower

Primal Docs recently asked the question: Think of your least favorite vegetable (we all have them). Now think of the best dish you’ve had where it’s been dressed up and you absolutely loved it. What was it?  Immediately I thought CAULIFLOWER.  When I’m scanning the vegetable section for the day’s or weeks side dishes, I look right over it.  Boring.  And white.  I’ll take broccoli, thank you.
But here’s the thing: While cauliflower might not be as exciting as broccoli (did I really just say that?) it is extremely versatile, and can be magically turned into rice, velvety soups, and here, mock mashed potatoes that are lighter and silkier than what they are inspired by.  And let me tell you, I am the queen of making mashed potatoes.  I have done actual research on the topic, and have it down to a science.  If Bobby Flay ever did a mashed potato Throw Down, I’d most likely whoop his ass.  But I digress.  Mashed cauliflower has all of the pluses of mashed potatoes, but without the heavy carb load and over-full feeling that they often create.  And if that weren’t enough, cauliflower, although white, is really healthy.  Cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables may help prevent cancer.  In fact, cruciferous vegetables contains more demonstrable anti cancer properties than any other vegetable family. (1)

This recipe is for the most basic version, which is essentially a canvas for your creativity. Feel free to add roasted garlic, fresh herbs, cheese, or anything your heart desires!

Simple Mashed Cauliflower

serves 2

1 head organic cauliflower, cut into florets
2 T grass fed butter or extra virgin coconut oil
sea salt, to taste
chives, minced (optional)

Steam the cauliflower in a steamer basket for 10-15 minutes or until very soft.  Transfer to the bowl of the food processor and puree until smooth.  While it’s pureeing, feed the butter or coconut oil in small pieces through the chute.  It will melt quickly from the heat of the cauliflower.

Serve hot.  Sprinkle with fresh chives if desired.

(1) Murray, Michael. The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, 2009

This entry was posted in 21DSD, Paleo, vegan, Vegetables and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to Mashed Cauliflower

  1. Jen says:

    So, I’ve attempted cauli-mash a few times and it NEVER came out as delicious as this. Seriously. I made it tonight and plan to make it every day for the rest of my life 😉 Thanks for sharing this simple yet scrumptious recipe!

  2. Debbie says:

    I never have to feel bad about not serving mashed potatoes again. These are so much better and I don’t have to feel guilty about eating it. I can’t wait to make your roast chicken and spoon that incredible bacon confit on top. Good work Simone!!

  3. Pingback: Braised Short Ribs with Smoked Ham Hocks | zenbelly

  4. Pingback: Shepherd’s Pie | zenbelly

  5. Pingback: Red Wine Braised Lamb Shanks | zenbelly

  6. Pingback: It’s beginning to smell a lot like Thanksgiving. | zenbelly

  7. Pingback: It’s beginning to smell a lot like Thanksgiving. | zenbelly

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s