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Mashed Cauliflower

As I’m on a new eating trajectory, I’ve been trying out some of the recipes that my weight loss center has suggested for me. In their blog last week, they included a recipe for mashed cauliflower, and since one of the things I’ve been missing the most is mashed potatoes, I decided to try this recipe.

I have a Vitamix. I figured if it was revolting, I would just throw it away.

Well, it turned out to be fantastic. It really did remind me of mashed potatoes. Texturally, and taste-wise. I think the familiarity of the taste of onions and garlic helped that. (I did some substituting from the Go Figure recipe, based on what I was in the mood for.) So here’s the recipe that I ended up making.

shutterstock_1152675311 head cauliflower
1/2 head fennel
1/2 white onion
3 T. olive oil
1/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
1 large garlic clove
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Steam cauliflower until soft. Saute fennel, onion and garlic in oil until tender. Blend all ingredients in Vitamix or food processor until as smooth as you’d like. (Make sure to add milk with the larger ingredients so they will blend well.)

** Of course, you can add different vegetables to make the mash taste slightly different. The original recipe called for a whole leek with the garlic instead of the onion and fennel. But I had onion and fennel on hand, and no leek. I may try it sometime with leek, but I’ll do whatever I can to make it taste good.

The recipe made me five servings, which will mean that for about a week, I’ll get to feel like I’m eating mashed potatoes again. That will be a welcome addition.

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