A friend on Twitter randomly tweeted me a revelation that could change my life... hahahahaaa I'm not being dramatic, it's true!! He introduced me to the concept of mashed CAULIFLOWER as an alternative to mashed potatoes! Now why didn't I think of that?! Why haven't I explored that option before? Probably because I didn't have reason to consider anything other than mashed potatoes before today. This whole No Carb Diet thing is really challenging me to become more and more creative with my dishes, and to also explore alternatives to the norm.
This recipe can of course be healthier (hehe) but in the mean time, I'm just happy that it's carb free. The texture is smooth and to be honest, I didn't care that it had the slight taste and smell of cauliflower, in fact, it tastes "lighter" and therefore doesn't give you the "guilty" feeling afterwards. Also, if I didn't cook this myself and no one told me that it was a vegetable... I probably would've just assumed that it was mashed potatoes anyway!!
6 cups of cauliflower florets (about 3/4 of a full cauliflower head)
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/3 cup double cream
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped fresh chives and fried onions for garnish
Boil cauliflower in water for approx. 20-25 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. Drain the water using a strainer.
Add garlic, cream, cheese, salt and pepper to the softened cauliflower and mash it thoroughly until smooth and creamy. Alternative, you can place all the ingredients in a food processor.
Serve immediately and garnish with fresh chives, fried onions and fresh coriander (optional).