What’s Inside: Potatoes are great, but you know what could be as good or even better? Cauliflower. This easy mashed cauliflower recipe is dairy-free, vegan, low carb, keto-friendly, and an AIP-approved mashed potato alternative. Can be made with fresh or frozen cauliflower too!
Now, I hold no grudges against mashed potatoes. But with all the stretchy pants, sweet tooth indulgences, and excess eating many of us are guilty of during the holidays, the less blood sugar spikes, the better.
Just keeping it real, folks. When there’s an entire Thanksgiving or Holiday meal ahead of me, and I don’t feel like wasting my allotted sugar or stomach space on heavy, dairy-laden mashed potatoes.
Not only is this creamy mashed cauliflower recipe EASIER and FASTER to make as their spud sisters, but they’re EQUALLY DELICIOUS. Yes, I said it. While they’re not as fluffy as potatoes due to the lack of starch, they are still super comforting and are the perfect pillow for gravy (which is really all you need out of a good mash anyway).
Where traditional mashed potatoes can get weighed down with butter, sour cream, and cheese, the beauty of this vegan mashed cauliflower is that it is simple and delicious.
You definitely have to be a fan of cauliflower to enjoy this easy side dish. (If you’re not, we may not be able to be friends … ) The light, nutty flavor of the cauliflower really shines through in this recipe, and it’s enhanced with the salt, pep, and fresh chives. Sautéed or roasted garlic would also be divine here. Get creative!
You can use fresh or frozen cauliflower in this recipe, there’s no difference nutritionally (and sometimes the frozen version can be even fresher), so go with whatever is most attainable and convenient for you. While using cauliflower florets are preferred, you can also use cauliflower rice (just add more, of course).
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This mashed cauliflower pairs perfectly with all the fixings for a full-blown Thanksgiving dinner, like roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, green veggies, and gravy (check out this match made in heaven below!). And trust me, your friends and family will appreciate that this side dish leaves plenty of room in their bellies for the rest of your holiday spread!
You can find my recipe for mashed cauliflower below! And make sure to check out my roundup of healthy Thanksgiving basics to ensure you stay on track this holiday season and impress your guests with a delicious, clean, homemade meal.
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