Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

If you like mashed potatoes it is time to try mashed cauliflower. The appearance is very similar but the taste is so much lighter and brighter. Mashed cauliflower still has that rich quality and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. It is also low carb and low in calories! Here is how to make this healthy mashed potato alternative.

Ingredients (Serves 3-4)

1 large head of cauliflower
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
Olive oil
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste

Fill a large pot with water, attach a steamer basket and bring to a boil over high heat. If you do not have a steamer basket on hand simply cover pot and bring water to a boil.

As the water is heating up cut the head of cauliflower in half with a sharp knife and carefully remove the stem. Once this is done chop the cauliflower into small pieces.

Steam or boil the cauliflower for about 15 minutes. During this time drizzle a little oil in a small pan and sauté the minced garlic. Sauté while stirring until softened and fragrant.

Check that the cauliflower is tender and remove pot from the heat. Drain the water and transfer vegetable to a mixing bowl along with the garlic, use a hand held potato masher to crush the cauliflower, then add the butter, some salt and a generous amount of pepper. Pound until smooth, taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Now that the mashed cauliflower is done simply transfer to a plate and serve as desired.