Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes"

If you haven't heard, I've been on a big diet the last few months.  
Basically, it's a low calorie, very low carb diet and until 
I get to my goal weight, I'm restricted in what I can eat. 
I've been living on salads for the past few months, but finally got to the point where
I craved a little more variety. 
Last week, I thought I'd give cauliflower 'mashed potatoes' a try. 
I've heard buzz around the 'low carb' community for years stating that 
mashed cauliflower jazzed up with some low carb toppings, is a great alternative 
to mashed potatoes. 
I've had quite a few people tell me it helped curb their craving for some starchy carbs. 

I was actually surprised by how much I liked them......and then Chad tried them and HE liked them! 
Beckett didn't really care for them, but then again, it wasn't a popsicle or goldfish, so I'm not surprised. 

I obviously won't win any awards for my culinary photography..... 
Note:  You can tweak the ingredients any way you want for your diet.  I was just looking for the lowest carb ingredients, but you could easily add real butter, bacon, or sour cream to add more taste.  Maybe even some red pepper flakes?

1 large bag frozen cauliflower
Spray butter
1 c. grated cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper

Add large bag cauliflower and 1 1/2 cups water to pot and boil for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  
Turn on low and simmer for 20 minutes.  (Basically, I let the cauliflower cook down to where it was very soft.)  With a fork, I mashed up the cauliflower in the pot and added about 5-8 sprays of butter, the cheese, a little salt and a LOT of pepper. If you wanted a smoother texture, you could use a blender instead of a fork for a less chunky consistency.

I was actually surprised by how much this filled me up.  I felt like I had eaten carbs!

Happy Wednesday! 

1 comment:

  1. I love them with garlic and a little cream cheese for zing. Really good.