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« on: June 28, 2016 07:56:15 PM »

Have you tried mashed cauliflower before? It's so good, a healthier take on mashed potatoes but surprisingly delicious. I kicked the nutrients up a little more with this batch and added a bunch of spinach. You can't really taste the spinach but you get those extra vitamins and a pretty color!



I'm currently doing keto, a kind of low carb diet, and this is a good potato/starch substitute.

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1 large head cauliflower, roughly cut up into florets
5 ounces raw baby spinach (half a bag if you buy regular sized bags Wink )
2 ounces cream cheese
2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon vegetable bouillon powder or paste (or salt to taste)
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
2 Tablespoons dried chives

Add the cauliflower to a large pot of boiling, salted water. Test occasionally with a fork or knife, you will want it completely tender (maybe 8-10 minutes depending on the size of your florets). 30 seconds before you're ready to take it out, add the spinach. Drain the cauliflower and spinach well and transfer to a large food processor. Process until smooth, add the rest of the ingredients, and process until well mixed. Taste and adjust seasonings. You can easily leave the butter out of this recipe if you like, the Parmesan and cream cheese add a lot of flavor.

Makes 6 servings
Nutrition information per serving: 187 calories, 6 g protein, 15 g fat, 9 g carbs, 4 g fiber
Approx 35 fewer calories/4 g fat per serving if you leave out the butter

This is good with any kind of protein and I also serve it sometimes with a Garlic Cream Sauce.
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2016 06:13:47 AM »

I am looking for low carb options this summer, so this is perfect!  I have made cauliflower mash before, but what a good idea to up the nutrition with spinach (I bet broccoli would work, too!)...mmmm sounds yummy and not too high in calories as well (thanks for posting that!)....

Looks beautiful...ha ha maybe hubs will think it is guacamole and not cauliflower!
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2016 07:04:31 AM »

I love using cauliflower in place of rice and this is another great way to use it!
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2016 09:17:45 AM »

My nephew tried it said he couldn't taste the spinach at all! Score!
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2016 09:19:58 AM »

I made cauliflower / sweet potato mash last week and that ended up being a really nice combination (one head of cauliflower and 5 sweet potatoes was all I had left in the fridge...) . I boiled them together, mashed them and added a few spoons of cream and some garlic and pepper I think.
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2016 09:32:53 AM »

Sounds good, too, but for me, potatoes are too high in carbs.  I need low carb options for many of the things I am eating this summer...
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2016 12:31:59 PM »

I made cauliflower / sweet potato mash last week and that ended up being a really nice combination (one head of cauliflower and 5 sweet potatoes was all I had left in the fridge...) . I boiled them together, mashed them and added a few spoons of cream and some garlic and pepper I think.

Yum! I can definitely see how the sweetness of the sweet potatoes would pair well!
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2016 10:27:46 AM »

Such an awesome recipe! I just had to feature it on today's Meatless Monday Craftster blog.
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2016 10:28:55 AM »

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