Welcome to the biggest staple in low carb cooking – mashed cauliflower. Once you master mashed cauliflower you know you are a true low carber.
Read the tips and tricks to make this fluffy, light and tasty (and how to avoid soggy mashed cauliflower).
Easy Mashed Cauliflower
Instead of mashed potatoes start serving mashed cauliflower instead. It’s much lower in carbs, full of vitamins C, K, B5, B6, folate, manganese and omega 3.This has to be the easiest recipe for Mashed Cauliflower. It's a low-carb staple.Click To Tweet
It is part of the cruciferous family (cabbage, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts) which are great anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. I use so much cauliflower each week since going low carb.
It’s a great substitute for mashed potato and rice. Children especially love it if you flavour it with bacon, garlic or butter (or all 3).
I didn’t tell my children at first that it is cauliflower, I just kept on making it, and they loved it. Eventually, I told them and they laughed.
They know that is one of my tricks. I let them try a new vegetable first, don’t tell them what it is because children have this natural ability to hate all vegetables at first glance.
They also know one of my tricks is to ‘guess the mystery ingredient’. This is probably the best way to encourage them to try new foods.
Another trick is to let them smother it with cheese, mozzarella is fabulous as it goes all stringy and gooey which children adore.
UPDATED :: TOP TIPS ::
- To make mashed cauliflower really light and fluffy (no one wants soggy mashed cauliflower) you must make sure you allow ALL the steam to escape before pureeing it. Cauliflower has a large surface area with all those little florets, and it will happily retain much of its moisture. Use a stick blender with the blade attachment and blend though the butter, garlic, cheese or whatever flavours you are adding until smooth.
- To make mashed cauliflower extra smooth, I use a stick blender with the blade attachment. Thos makes it lump free, light and fluffy.
Cook the cauliflower in boiling water until soft. Remove from the heat and drain well.
Let all the steam escape, otherwise you will get soggy mash.
Add butter, garlic, or any other optional flavours to taste and puree with a stick blender with the blade attachment until smooth.
If using bacon and cheese, stir through after the mashed cauliflower is smooth, rather than blend with the stick blender.
Season with salt and pepper.
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