February 17, 2015

Healthier Garlic and Cheese Mashed Potatoes (Cauliflower)

Creamy, cheesy and light mashed “potatoes” that are really cauliflower. 

I was gonna say I’m not a fan of “imitation” foods. Then I realized this is completely false. I love imitating meals with healthier substitutions. 

From the point of view of flavour and texture, there’s a chance that I actually prefer the “original” version over the “imitation” one of most of these foods. However, when you lead a healthy lifestyle you have to avoid those “original” versions every now and then. I’m not saying I ALWAYS eat with healthier imitations, but I do like to experiment and make them every now and then. 

Today’s post is about one of those cases. Mashed potatoes are quite delicious. They are often prepared with cream, lots of cheese and butter. Potatoes themselves have a high glycemic index, meaning they’re not so good for our blood sugar. By substituting potatoes with cauliflower and reducing the usual amounts of dairy, you can get a pretty delicious “imitation” meal that is good for your health.

Serves 6, ready in 30 minutes

-1 large cauliflower head
-2 teaspoons minced garlic
-1 teaspoon olive oil
-1 teaspoon margarine
-1/3 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
-1/4 cup parmesan cheese
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/3 cup milk

1. Wash and cut cauliflower into medium pieces. Remove all leaves and green parts.
2. Place cauliflower in a large saucepan and cover with water.

3. Bring to a boil and let is cook for 10-12 minutes, until soft.
4. In the mean time, pre-heat olive oil in a small pan and cook garlic until golden. Set aside. 

5. Drain cauliflower and pat with paper towel to remove excess water.
6. Add cauliflower to a medium bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher. Half-way through, add the margarine and cheeses. Keep mashing. 

7. Add the salt and garlic and mash some more. 
8. Finally, incorporate the milk and mix well. 
9. Serve as a side dish and enjoy!