Love Mashed Potatoes? This is Your Low-Carb Alternative

Love Mashed Potatoes? This is Your Low-Carb Alternative

Trying to get your family eating healthy?

They might not take too kindly to saying goodbye to dinner favourites like mashed potatoes – so the obvious alternative is to trick them! (Hey, it comes from a place of love, remember).

Sneaking veggies is an excellent covert way to do this, with cauliflower being perhaps the most deceptive produce of all. Cauliflower can seamlessly be swapped into many recipes; the versatile veggie can be deployed to create rice, pizza crusts, tater tots, rice puddings, and yes, even Buffalo wings.

This short video, courtesy of Health, shows you how to make mashed ‘potatoes’, but replacing spuds with cauliflower. This leaner form of mashed potatoes weighs in at a trim 93 calories per serving, as well as the benefits of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and nearly 100% of your daily vitamin C needs.

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The only hint your family may pick up from your potato betrayal is a slightly different texture – but that’s easily made up for by roasting the produce on high heat for a richer flavour.

If you don’t have time for the video, preparing this cauliflower mash is outrageously simple: start by preheating your oven to 500 degrees. Next, combine olive oil, cauliflower, and garlic on a jelly-roll pan, and toss it around until the produce is sufficiently coated. Throw that in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Stir periodically for even cooking throughout.

After it’s cooked, dump the cauliflower into a large bowl. Add green onions, low-fat milk, butter, ground black pepper, and salt to taste. Finally, the key to the dish: mash the bowl’s contents with a potato masher. Again, it may be harsher and coarser than the spuds you’re used to smashing, but it’s all worth it for that rich, unique flavour.

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