Mock Mashed Potatoes (Cauliflower) – Low Carb!

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Mock mashed potatoes made with cauliflower! This low-carb healthy alternative to starchy potatoes will fool the most discriminating taste buds!ย 

Mock Mashed Potatoes made with cauliflower! This fluffy low-carb side dish will surprise even the most discriminating taste buds! The Foodie Affair

I try to limit my starchy carbohydrate intake, and over the years have substituted some white carbs for wheat and whole grain, and since I do the grocery shopping and cooking, my family has adapted as well. My meat and potato kind of guys are troupers though, they go with the flow and will eat whatever I cook, but some switches take a little getting used to, like changing from white rice to brown rice. Ok, that really took some getting used to. My son now prefers it, but it’s still not my hubby’s favorite, so I had some reservations swapping one of the comfort food darlings, mashed potatoes for “mock” mashed potatoes made from a veggie, cauliflower.

Like I do often, I just make a new dish and it and see what kind of a reaction I get, and the Mock Mashed Potatoes were an instant hit!

No tweaking, and no leftovers!

Mock Mashed Potatoes made with cauliflower! This fluffy low-carb side dish will surprise even the most discriminating taste buds! The Foodie Affair

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Mock Mashed Potatoes (Cauliflower) - Low Carb!
 
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Mock mashed potatoes made from cauliflower are a delicious alternative to a potato based side dish. If you are looking for a way to cut some carbs from your diet, this is a tasty way to do it.
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Recipe type: Side dish - Vegetable
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 medium head cauliflower cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
  • 1//4 cup parmesan, grated
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon chicken base or bullion (I use Better Than Bouillon)
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • garnish - butter and chives (optional)
Instructions
  1. Microwave or cook cauliflower over boiling water for about 6 minutes. Drain well and place pieces on a clean dish towel or paper towels and press gently to remove as mush moisture as possible.
  2. In a food processor, blender puree hot cauliflower with cream cheese, parmesan, garlic, chicken base and pepper until consistency is smooth and fluffy.
  3. Garnish as desired and serve immediately.

I’ve made this dish several different ways, adding butter and different spices, but sharing the recipe I keep going back to from the Food Network.

It really is hard to tell that this dish isn’t potatoes at all and made from cauliflower! They are that good!

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Muffin Meatloaf with Mock Mashed Potatoes

Pile on the extra veggies ๐Ÿ™‚ I layered them in my meatloaf muffins and also serve an extra scoop on the side.

Try this healthy alternative to mashed potatoes, and let me know if your family likes them as much as mine does! If you’re looking for more cauliflower dishes try this Easy Cauliflower Fried “Rice”, Open Faced Cheddar Melt, Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower, or this Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole.

Mock Mashed Potatoes made with cauliflower! This fluffy low-carb side dish will surprise even the most discriminating taste buds! The Foodie Affair

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Mock Mashed Potatoes made with cauliflower! This fluffy low-carb side dish will surprise even the most discriminating taste buds! The Foodie Affair
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17 Comments on Mock Mashed Potatoes (Cauliflower) – Low Carb!

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    Hotly Spiced says:
    June 24, 2013

    It certainly looks like mashed potato to me. My uni students are very anti carbs in the evening so this is a wonderful option. I didn’t know cauliflower could look so creamy xx

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      Sandra says:
      June 25, 2013

      I try to limit my evening carbs too! I don’t feel deprived or feel like I’m missing out when I make these ๐Ÿ™‚

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    June 24, 2013

    Healthier, like faux potatoes… Fauxtatoes ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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      Sandra says:
      June 25, 2013

      Oh, I like that, Fauxtatoes ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Norma Chang says:
    June 24, 2013

    Looks like the real mashed potato, glad it went over well with your family.

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      Sandra says:
      June 25, 2013

      I’m glad everyone likes it too. We’re hooked on these “potatoes”!

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    June 25, 2013

    I love the idea of adding cream cheese…I’ve just used cream when I have made them in the past.

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      Sandra says:
      June 28, 2013

      Hi Karen! Since there is so much moisture in cauliflower, it really helps to have a little thicker cream. Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

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    mary says:
    June 28, 2013

    18 teaspoons of pepper?

    These look good!

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      Sandra says:
      June 28, 2013

      Whoops, typo! Now that would be way overboard. It should be 1/8th teaspoon. Will fix that right now. Thanks for the second set of eyes ๐Ÿ™‚

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    July 4, 2013

    It’s been awhile since I’m made mashed cauliflower– we used to do this all the time! Yours looks soooo yummy! All whipped and delicious. Thanks, Sandra!!

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    Jackie says:
    January 9, 2015

    Can you use frozen cauliflower for this

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      January 9, 2015

      Hi Jackie! Yes, you can use frozen cauliflower for this recipe. It may have more water in them, so be sure to remove as much water as possible. Hope you love the flavor!

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