Monday, September 26, 2016

MONDAY RECIPE POST - PALEO CAULIFLOWER MASH


Cauliflower Mash - Paleo - serves 2
by Gus

I found this recipe here.

This is a healthier alternative to Mashed Potatoes, even though we are not on a paleo diet. We love mashed potatoes in our family but on the ever hunt for cooking healthier, we fit things into our menu quite often.  Of course, they have to taste great.  We are kind of picky that way.

Preparation time:  5 minutes
Cooking time:     10 minutes
Total time:           15 minutes  

1 cauliflower, cut into florets
1-4 tablespoons organic coconut oil (can be substituted using butter/ghee)
1 to 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
Salt and Pepper

Steam or boil the cauliflower so that it is tender.  Drain in a colander and place into a food processor with the oil and garlic.  Blend until smooth.

Serve and enjoy!

Guy added the following cooking tips.

"If you want this paleo mashed cauliflower to be super smooth with no lumps at all, then simply push it through a sieve using a spoon.  This may take some time but the end result is a lovely silky smooth cauliflower mash.  If it does end up taking you too long, then be sure to reheat it by placing it back into a pot over low to medium heat.

If you don't have a food blender, then you are still able to mash the cauliflower by hand.  This will take a bit longer and will also be harder to get it nice and smooth.  You can use the tip I mentioned above once you have mashed it to get it to a similar silkiness to the food processor method.

If you are not a fan of garlic make sure you remove it!  The recipe will still taste pretty good without it.  

If you are finding the mash a little too thick for your liking, you can add some almond milk to help thin it out a bit.  I would recommend adding roughly 1/4 cup of almond milk but make sure you slowly add it until you get the consistency you prefer.

If you're interested in other cauliflower dishes, then be sure to check out the super cauliflower rice (found here).  Like this dish the rice is fantastic as either a side dish or to go alongside a protein or similar in a meal."



What did we think?  This turned out a truly delicious side dish.  Tell you the truth we were both surprised how much we enjoyed it.  We like cauliflower a lot but normally have had it steamed in florets, or with cheese sauce as in cauliflower cheese.   It is a keeper and we will be making it again.

Mine came out thinner than I expected and that's probably the way it should be as it is a lot lighter in every way than potatoes.  I actually used two heads of cauliflower as I wanted leftovers to heat up the next day and only used four tablespoons of butter, but I may try cutting down on the amount, which was what I used instead of the coconut oil (I didn't have in my pantry supplies. It will go on the shopping list).  Gregg just said he enjoyed it very much and not to mess around with the ingredients.  He loved it as is.  And there are leftovers for tomorrow.

The photos show it sprinkled liberally with freshly ground black pepper. 

If you are following a Paleo diet here is what I read online.

"Still others say that specifically butter can be part of the Paleo diet, because it differs from other milk products, specifically low fat or skim milk products, in that its higher fat content could potentially lower the glycemic load.   They recommend using only grass fed butter which has then been clarified."

18 comments:

  1. I've made cauliflower like this when I was on a low carb diet! It definitely is delicious. There is also a trend these days to make cauliflower "rice" which is also very good.

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  2. Yum.
    I love cauli-fried rice and will have to try this. Thank you.

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  3. Denise, I also love cauliflower and have had it just like you have in the past, in florets and sometimes with cheese sauce but this does look quite good. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  4. Nunca provei mas é capaz de ser bom.
    Um abraço e boa semana.
    Andarilhar

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  5. I like cauliflower so I know I would like this. Trouble is I don't have a food processor and I think my funny hands wouldn't be able to mash it well. I'll think round it 'cause I like the sound of mashed cauliflower etc.

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  6. Seems a nice variety! And it doesn't take a lot of time to make.

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  7. Hello, Denise. This recipe does sound hubby. My potato loving hubby may have a hard time giving up the mashed potatoes. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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  8. I would love the mash, we both love cauliflower soup, made like you make potatoes soup, but use a potatoes masher to mash the cauliflower before adding the milk.. I learned to do both these at weight watches way way back in time

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  9. This is indeed a very healthy dish and sounds so delicious too from the way you described it. Have a beautiful day!

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  10. I fix mashed cauliflower often as a substitute for mashed potatoes, and you can hardly tell the difference!

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  11. Sounds like a good, simple recipe. I might try it later.

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  12. never tried a cauliflower mash, maybe it's time, thanks!

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  13. You probably know this already - but as Eddie and I live the LCHF lifestyle we just love cauliflower mash or cauliflower rice.
    Glad you enjoyed it.

    All the best Jan

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  14. We really enjoy cauliflower, Denise, and have cooked in many different ways: roasted, mashed, steamed. And, like you, we also found the mashed version more "watery" than mashed potatoes, but also healthier.

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  15. I like cauliflower, so I'd go for this.

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