My styleÂ of eating has led me to ask thisÂ question over the years:Â What can I make/eat/buy that is healthier & TASTES the same as ______ [ or sort of the same ], but won’t make me feel deprived?Â I want to start sharing my knowledge on theÂ topic of healthy food swaps with all of you.Â Let the Swap Out commence!
Today, let’s talk mashed potatoes.
Generally, I stay away from pasta, bread, starchy carbs, etc & only very occasionally do I indulge. I was onceÂ a carbaholic 5 years ago, but the lethargic feeling that comes with basing much of your diet off of such aÂ heavy food group just wasn’t working for me anymore. Now, I’m so used to this way of eating & how great it makes me feel thatÂ unless it’s a fabulous pizza or homemade pasta, I just don’t go there.
My recipe for mashed cauliflower is insanely yummyÂ & tastes so much like the real thing that it’s almost impossible to tell the difference. While regular mashed potatoes, prepared with whole milk & butter, have roughly 225 calories per cup, my mashed cauliflower has only roughlyÂ 50 [ !! ] caloriesÂ per cup. You could pretty much eat ALL of the mashed cauliflower for the equivalent of only one cup of mashed potatoes – & let’s be real here guys – who eats only one cup of mashed potatoes? Let’s compare some other nutritional stats:Â Â mashed cauliflower has only 6 g carbs & .5 g fat vs. mashed potatoes’ 36 g carbs & 9 g fat! Cauliflower is also anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamins & minerals & a detoxifier for the body [ read more HERE ] – take that potato!
Super Simple Mashed Cauliflower
– one head cauliflower, chopped into florets
– 1/4 – 1/2 cup unsweetened almond, coconut or other non-dairy milk [ feel free to useÂ dairy milk if you’d like! ]
– fresh herbs
– salt & pepper
– hand blender [ could also use masher ]
1. Steam cauliflower florets until fork tender. Remove from heat.
2. Add milk to cauliflower.
3.Â Using hand blender, blend cauliflower until creamy or desired consistency. Add herbs, salt & pepper to taste.