I am a fan of potatoes. In fact, I LOVE them. I crave them often. However, I do limit my intake of those delicious little guys for a few reasons; Potatoes have a high glycemic index, meaning they raise your blood sugar more quickly than say, sweet potatoes. To me, this is only an issue if you’re eating these baby in excess. Hence, why I am willing to eat them. Potatoes are also high in Carbohydrates. This doesn’t bother me either, depending on what my training looks like. There are other arguments, but I am sure you can Google the heck out of it and formulate your own opinion. All this being said, when I don’t feel like eating a super heavy CHO that is filling, I have my go-to alternative. Mashed Cauliflower.
Don’t knock it until you try it! Seriously. I am not a huge fan of cauliflower. I find it boring and not particularly pleasing on the tongue. Unless I make this recipe! It gives me that textural feeling that I miss with mashed potatoes, and is so full of flavor (butter & garlic) that I could eat a whole batch in one sitting! I don’t, but I am positive I could.
This recipe is SUPER easy. So after a long day or one lacking in cooking motivation, this won’t take much time.
Perfect Mashed Cauliflower
1 Head of Cauliflower
3 Cloves of Garlic
Himylain Sea Salt
Bring a Steamer Pot of water to boil. While your water is coming to temp, chop up your Cauliflower (Using leaves/stems is optional). I personally like to try to use the entire vegetable. Smash and slice up your garlic. Don’t put too much effort in here as everything will be mixed in the food processor.
Once your water is boiling, add cauliflower and garlic to steam until soft. This should take about 10 to 15 minutes.
Once soft, add to your food processor. Add your butter, nutmeg, salt and pepper and blend until you get your desired texture! I like mine smooth and creamy. Taste to ensure you’ve achieved the flavor you like.
Because I like to have some color on the plate, I chop up some scallions or leeks to top off my faux-tatoes. And if you’re feeling particularly hungry, add some chopped bacon for more flavor! I paired mine with a salad and steak for lunch! Enjoy.