Smoke and Mirrors

Have you ever watched a television special or read a magazine article that tells you to “eat this, not that” by showing healthier alternatives to the more indulgent option? Every time I’ve watched or read something like this, I always roll my eyes. Seriously, a Fig Newton or a handful of almonds is just not going to cut it if a giant chocolate chip cookie is what I really want. I’ve faced the facts; I’m just not good at tricking myself into the healthier choice, or so I thought.

I’ve wanted to make Cauliflower Mash for quite some time, and not for trickery purposes but because it sounds good.  Last night I finally made the mash and I couldn’t stop eating it because it tasted so much like mashed potatoes, which I also can’t resist. My husband asked me twice if I was sure there were no potatoes in the dish!

Cauliflower Mash

Cauliflower Mash

What You Need

  • 1 large cauliflower (I used two bags of pre-cut cauliflower florets)

  • ¼ cup of skim milk or cream

  • 2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream

  • Salt and pepper to taste (I used truffle salt, which added a nice richness)

What To Do

  1. Cut cauliflower into pieces and remove the stem.
  2. Steam cauliflower in a pot by bringing 1 inches of water to a boil, add cauliflower pieces to the pot and cover, leaving the lid ajar; steam for 10 minutes or until cauliflower is very tender. Drain cauliflower.
  3. Puree the cauliflower in a food processor or return cauliflower to pot and use an immersion blender to puree.
  4. Once the cauliflower is smooth, add milk, sour cream and salt and pepper.
Stir all ingredients together and return to the pot to reheat if needed (if using an immersion blender it will already be in pot).
  5. Add additional salt and pepper if needed and garnish with parsley.

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