MASHED "FAUXTATOES" WITH CAULIFLOWER

Good morning!  Today I have something simple, healthy, and delicious for you!  I have had several people request that I do a blog post on mashed cauliflower, which is very similar to mashed potatoes, so today I am sharing my recipe for Mashed "Fauxtatoes" with Cauliflower. Like my play on words?  Ha! While regular mashed potatoes can be just fine, often times white potatoes are too heavy for some people to handle. Plus, cauliflower is packed full of dense nutrients like vitamin C, choline (great for brain health), vitamin K, and all sorts of other great stuff.  Cauliflower is also filling, yet light at the same time.  Win-win!

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Mashed "Fauxtatoes" with Cauliflower, serves 4

1 head cauliflower, chopped 1/4 c. Greek yogurt or sour cream 1/8 c. chives, diced Salt & pepper, to taste

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Begin by adding cauliflower to boiling water for about 8-10 minutes, or until a fork can go through the cauliflower easily.  The most important part is to drain the cauliflower in a colander as best as you can, so as much liquid is removed as possible.  Place cauliflower back in the pot (or a bowl), and add Greek yogurt and spices.  Now, the following is optional: you can use an immersion blender to get it 100% creamy (which is what I normally do), or you can mash it by hand to leave a few chunks in it (which is what I chose to do this time).  I found that both are delicious, but I like it best when it's chunky, as I love texture in my food.  Once mashed, add the chives and serve.

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I served this as a side to veggie burgers, and it was a perfect meal!  Yum!  A few more tidbits: If you're vegan or paleo, simply omit the Greek yogurt, or substitute it for something else.  If the cauliflower mixture is a little runny/too wet, add a teaspoon of corn starch.

Have you ever tried mashed cauliflower?  Or any other cauliflower substitute?  I also LOVE cauliflower crusts for pizza, and riced cauliflower as a rice substitute.  Should I share those, too?

xo.  Jen