smashed cauliflower

Right about now, it seems as though everyone is starting fresh along with the new year. Time to cut back on indulgent treats and start eating clean, they say! 

There is certainly nothing wrong with that! I love the start of the new year; acting as a clean slate for many of us, why not use this time to pursue goals and dreams we may have pushed to the back burner? But let’s not deprive ourselves, regardless of our goals! After all, shouldn’t we treat them as lifestyle changes, rather than just looking for a quick fix?

For those who may have set fitness goals, whatever they may be – boy, do I have a spectacular side dish to share today! A beloved side dish, mashed potatoes, is getting a new look…and that look is cauliflower! I realize that many people tend to shy away from this vegetable {I was one of them for a long time!}, but this is one that is so versatile, it can be transformed in countless ways. A nutrition-packed powerhouse, it boasts a low carbohydrate count and low fat content; it contains vast amounts of fiber, folate, and vitamin C. What’s not to love?

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We’re keeping it simple and sweet here today, but don’t be afraid of transforming your dish however you like! Smashed garlic, chili flakes, a sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese on top…the possibilities are endless. Make it your own, and make it special! You deserve it.

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Smashed Cauliflower

Simple and delicious, this makes a wonderful replacement side dish for classic mashed potatoes. Lower in carbs and big on flavor, you won’t miss those potatoes a bit!

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, rinsed and trimmed

1/4 – 1/2 cup low sodium chicken stock

1/3 block of cream cheese {I like to use a greek-yogurt blend}

salt and pepper, to taste

To Prepare:

Bring a large saucepan {filled halfway with water} to a full boil. Add in the cauliflower pieces and cook until fork tender, about 8-10 minutes.

Once cooked through, drain off water and place in a large bowl. Using a potato masher/hand mixer/immersion blender, puree just until broken up. Add in the cream cheese and mix well; slowly drizzle in the stock until desired consistency is reached. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Enjoy!

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11 thoughts on “smashed cauliflower

  1. I have been making this for a while now – made it today as a topping for my low carb cottage pie. Love the cream cheese idea (i usually throw in a little butter and milk or parmesan)…

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