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April 09, 2016

Garlic Smashed Cauliflower

This is a flavorful, creamy and delicious substitute for traditional mashed potatoes. With only 8.4 mg of carbohydrates it is a great choice for a low carb diet.

I was skeptical but I actually think it is delicious.

See my tips for making this a creamier version with optional toppings.
Just like your favorite mashed potatoes.

Serves 4
Prep time: 15
Total time: 25

Calories: 98
CHO: 8.4


1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, smashed
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 ounces cream cheese
½ teaspoon Kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until softened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Transfer half the cauliflower to a food processor; cover and blend on high. Add remaining cauliflower florets, one at a time, until vegetables are creamy. Blend in garlic, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, salt, and black pepper.

Cooking Wiser:

To add more flavor, cook the cauliflower in 1 cup chicken broth

Can omit cream cheese and/or Parmesan cheese

Add 2 tablespoons butter

Add 1/2 cup buttermilk or for a wiser choice, 2% milk

Top with bacon bits, cheddar cheese and chives.

Posted by terri at April 9, 2016 10:35 PM