A low-calorie, tasty alternative to mashed potatoes is mashed cauliflower. I actually think they taste better although you may not be able to tell the difference by just looking at them.
Since going to a primarily whole food plant-based diet there are only a few things I really miss. One of them is the butter on and sour cream in mashed potatoes. After watching everyone at Thanksgiving scarf them down I decided I had to pacify myself with a big batch of mashed cauliflower. They tasted great and had the added benefit of making me feel a tiny bit superior for having resisted the potatoes.
Seriously, Cauliflower is full of nutrients — Vitamin C, K, Folate and Choline — low in calories and rich in taste! So good that even cauliflower haters are fooled into eating it. A great all-round side dish or in my case a complete meal.
- Clean one large head of cauliflower and cut or break into small pieces
- Add to deep pot and steam for 20 minutes (you want the cauliflower soft, but not drenched in water)
- Drain if necessary and reserve water
- Put drained cauliflower in the food processor and add:
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Add oil — either 1/4 cup cashew cheese OR 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- Pepper to taste
- OPTIONAL: add 1/2 t crushed garlic
- OPTIONAL: add 1/4 cup onions
- Puree until the consistency is like that of mashed potatoes; you may have to add a little of the reserved water
I am willing to bet that if you try them, you will like them!