Cauliflower mashed potatoes, a healthy low carb and KETO friendly “mocktato” recipe, is the smashed veggie you never knew you were missing.
Creamy and delicious, once you learn how to make cauliflower mashed potatoes, you can use them as a better base for chicken and roast as well as a flawless side dish that people will be craving more of.
Get ready to hear “These are WHAT?” when you serve up a plate…or two!
Recently my husband and I have been trying to eat better.
By eat better, I mean I totally pulled the rug out under my family on Monday this week and was like…”NO SUGAR, NO SODA, NO BREAD, NO CANDY, NO GOING OUT TO EAT, NO CARBS.”
And of course it was like a mini meltdown that continues on a daily basis where everyone eats great food and complains about it cause its not a Milky Way.
Out of this challenge, however, I have been learning to cook much more healthy and nutritious meals that don’t leave me bloated and gross.
And one of those are turning cauliflower into basically a mocktatoe.
I know what you are thinking; there is no WAY cauliflower can be a substitute for a potato. In some ways you are right.
The texture is a bit different and the taste, well that’s not quite the same either.
But its GOOD. REALLY good.
And loading it up with bits of bacon, onions ,and cheese give you a loaded cauliflower mash that will keep the complaints down enough that you can get some veggies down everyone’s throat.
What can you do with cauliflower mash?
Well, of course you can serve it as a healthier alternative side dish. It’s KETO and Low Carb friendly for those that care. It also makes a pretty filling lunch on its own or as a base to other meals. For example, I made some and put in the bowl underneath pot roast this week. DELICIOUS.
The recipe and spices are different versus this more classic recipe.
I don’t believe you can fool people into thinking cauliflower mash or cauliflower rice is the real thing but its most definitely a perfect alternative to a better eating lifestyle and I am SURE you will love this cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe!
Cauliflower mashed potato
Here is the cauliflower mash recipe. It takes about 20 minutes to steam the cauliflower and then another 20 minutes to bake it.
Time to mix up is about 10 minutes.
Looking for other great no carb or low car options? Try one of these Thanksgiving Keto Side dishes!
- 1 head cauliflower, greens discarded and cauliflower cut into small pieces
- 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 5 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
- 2 green onions, chopped, for serving
- Weight Watchers Nutritional Notes: 3 Points per serving for 6 servings IF using fat free half and half and fat free shredded cheese
- You can also use half and half in place of heavy whipping cream but that is just low carb, not KETO.
- Sizing up a Cauliflower Head: I’d say this serves 4-6, it really depends on the size of cauliflower head you have. I used a very small one for this.
How to make Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Prefer real carbs? Try this Southern Potato Salad for a loaded option~
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Steam cauliflower until a fork stuck into the largest piece is soft.
Mash cauliflower in a mixing bowl.
Add butter, half and half, salt and pepper and 1/2 cup of cheese.
Pour into prepared pan.
Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese and bacon.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and serve topped with chopped green onions.
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