Searching for a quick, hearty, AND healthy side dish for dinner? Well, cauliflower mash is it!
A lot of people refer to this dish as “mock” mashed potatoes, but I prefer to keep them separate. Both are very satisfying, but also very different in taste, texture, and smell. The first time I made this dish, I don’t think I cooked the florets enough. You want them to be very tender so that they mash up well.
Most people stay away from cauliflower, however, it is so very good for you – chalk full vitamins and minerals, providing extensive benefits to your health:
An excellent source of fiber, cauliflower can promote a healthy digestive tract while also reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Cauliflower contains choline, an essential nutrient that helps improve memory capacity.
Sulforaphane, an antioxidant in the vegetable, can help prevent cell mutations, potentially reducing the spread of cancer cells.
There is some debate about the effects of vitamin K intake, however, there are those out there say adequate consumption of the vitamin (found in cauliflower) can increase bone density, potentially reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Read more about the benefits of cauliflower here.
- 1 head of cauliflower, stems removed
- 1 3/4 cups water
- Salt & fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 3 tablespoons milk (I used 1%)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons light sour cream
- 2 tablespoons green onions
- Separate stems from head of cauliflower, break apart florets.
- Bring water to a boil in pot. Add cauliflower, reduce to medium heat and cover. Cook cauliflower until very tender - this can take anywhere between 15-25 minutes.
- Drain water and let cauliflower dry. Add milk, butter, sour cream, salt and pepper and purée using an immersion blender. Top with green onions.
Health benefits of Cauliflower from Medical News Today