That dreaded veggie from my childhood, the one that haunted me in my nightmares, has now been elevated to “favorite” and I can’t seem to get enough.
In fact, I have gotten to the place that I can say I would rather have this than regular mashed potatoes 😱
Crazy I know, coming from this midwest born, steak and potatoes running through my blood, girl. But it is true.
I 💗 cauliflower!!
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that these Lemon Garlic Mashed Cauliflower “Potatoes” pretty much taste just like regular mashed potatoes.
Shocking but true I swear ✋
Mashed cauliflower has a very similar texture to mashed potatoes and a sweet buttery flavor.
How can you go wrong with that??
Plus, pardon me while I get a little serious on ya, OK?
Yes, potatoes do have some food benefits and a baked potato is much better than fried or, God forbid, the high processed boxed variations 😖
Which I may, or may not have loved and eaten just about every week for the better part of my young adulthood.
BUT, here is why cauliflower is the bomb, and a much better choice:
Nutrient Dense – Potatoes and cauliflower are both nutritious sources of key vitamins, but their content varies. It’s very true that potatoes provide a ton of vitamin C, (11.6 mg per cup to be exact) and B6, potassium, and iron. But, just a cup of cauliflower contains with 55 mg in each 1-cup serving, comparable levels of B6 and folate, and an extra dose of vitamin K.
Fewer Pesticides – Did you know that potatoes rank high on the list of foods heavily sprayed with pesticides. 🤢 To be honest with you, non-organic cauliflower is on the list as well but falls much lower on the list. So, when organic isn’t available, cauliflower is still a better choice.
Lower Carbohydrate Load – According to the USDA website, one small potato contains over 20 grams of carbohydrates. Cauliflower, in comparison? Only 5.3 grams 😲. Yes, we need carbohydrates for energy, but consuming too many can work against us. These “potatoes” protect blood sugar levels and prevent insulin spikes that take a toll on health.
Calories and Fat – A 1-cup serving of boiled potatoes contains 0.16 g of fat; the same amount of boiled cauliflower contains 0.56 g of fat. In boiled form, potatoes contain more calories than cauliflower, with 134 compared to the 28 in a single serving. If you are looking to restrict your calorie intake, cauliflower is the way to go!
OK, so I will get off my cauliflower soap box and just talk plainly about how flippin’ good this recipe is!
With just a hint of garlic and lemon, a teeeeeensy bit of cream cheese, and a bit of butter, these “fauxtatoes” will convince even the pickiest eater to make the switch.
Trust me, when the Mr gets excited when you are going to make this recipe you know it is good. The only time he really wants potato anymore is when we have steak, then he wants a good ol’ fashioned baked potato. I need to come up with a way to replace that with cauliflower.
Hhmmm let me think on that one for a while!
Side Dish, Keto
Yield: 4Author: Bobbi Hass-Burleson
Lemon Garlic Mashed Cauliflower “Potatoes”
With just a hint of garlic and lemon, a bit of cream cheese, and a bit of butter, these “fauxtatoes” will convince even the pickiest eater to make the switch from potatoes to cauliflower.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 15 mins
1 large head of cauliflower (3 pounds or so), separated into florets
4 cloves garlic
1 lemon, zested
2 ounces cream cheese
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Fresh cracked black pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Add the cauliflower and garlic cloves and cook until the cauliflower is very tender (when you pierce it with a knife it goes in easily), about 7 to 10 minutes.
Transfer cauliflower, garlic, lemon zest, cream cheese, and heavy whipping cream to a food processor and secure the lid. Process the cauliflower mixture until there are no lumps and it’s smooth like mashed potatoes.
I know Cauliflower is a much healthier option than the potato. I just don't know whether I could deal with the taste the same way. It does look like the potato and I am sure you could get the consistency down. Just not sure about everything else. Worth a try for the health benefits though for sure.
I have to admit that I turned my nose up quite a bit when you said you were putting lemon in this but color me intrigued! I love cauliflower as a lighter fewer carb version of potato and mashed is my favorite way to have it so I just might have to try this with the lemon anyway!
I have always wanted to try cauliflower mash, but never thought that it would look like real mashed potatoes, but you have proved me wrong. These look incredible and so creamy. Yum! Also, I had no idea just how sprayed potato crops are…yikes! Thanks for the knowledge 🙂
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