Garlic Cauli-Mash

I was very skeptical when I started seeing cauliflower mash a few years ago as a “healthy”replacement to mashed potatoes because my husband and I freaking love mashed taters. Organic potatoes are very much enjoyed in our house, but I really love cauliflower too so I figured would give it a whirl……Wow! Cauli-mash is yummy guys, for real!  Cauliflower has WAY less carbohydrates compared to potatoes and is very nutritious- see the article I have linked below! This dish has great savory flavor from the cruciferous cauliflower and roasted garlic, and the nutmeg has a magical ability to make it taste more like real mashed potatoes, it’s random but it works! Give this recipe a try and you'll have a new, creative, and fun way to get more veggies into your diet. This recipe was inspired by Nom Nom Paleo and Against All Grain who are awesome food bloggers that give me so many great ideas for cooking and make eating healthy REALLY delicious!! 

Give it a try my friends, I promise this doesn’t suck.

Ingredients

1 large head of organic cauliflower (3-4lbs ) or 2 smaller heads (2lbs each), trimmed into florets

4 cloves of garlic, chopped

4 tablespoons of olive oil or melted ghee

1 teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon of freshly ground pepper

¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg

1 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

 

Directions

Add the garlic to the melted ghee or olive oil and simmer for 3-4 minutes on low heat so the garlic is cooked and just slightly golden-don’t let it burn or get too brown, browned garlic tastes very bitter!

Use a steamer basket like this one or place the cauliflower florets directly into a large pot with about a ½ inch of water at the bottom and bring to a boil and steam for 10-12 minutes until the stems are fork tender.

Add the steamed cauliflower and the garlic and all of the oil or ghee that it was cooked in to a food processor. Add the salt, pepper, and nutmeg and puree until smooth.

Check for seasoning and serve with the freshly chopped chives sprinkled on top.

Health Tip: Cauliflower is a very nutritious vegetable that is versatile one of my absolute favorites.  It is great with idian spices, pickled, roasted, steamed, and even raw with dip.  It is loaded with vitamins, fiber, magnesium, and cancer fighting sulforaphane.  I always encourage my clients, friends, and family to eat a nutritious diet that provides what your body needs without depending on supplements.  Our bodies absorb nutrients from food much more easily than from supplements and unfortunately most vitamins are synthetic and full of chemicals, coloring, gluten, and other fillers that you do not want to be eating. Eat your vitamins and minerals in nutrient dense foods for better health! Here is an article that goes into more detail about how awesome cauliflower is from Dr. Mercola.