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Mashed Cauliflower (Mock Mashed Potatoes)

average rating is 3 out of 5, based on 150 votes

Looking for a delicious and healthy low-carb side dish that's easy to make? Look no further than this mouth-watering recipe for mashed cauliflower! Creamy, savory, and loaded with flavor, it's the perfect substitute for traditional mashed potatoes. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal prep time, you can have this tasty dish on your table in no time.

Serving Suggestions/Tips:

Pair the Mashed Cauliflower with grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, or your favorite protein for a well-balanced meal.

Top it with fresh chopped herbs like parsley, thyme, or chives to add a burst of freshness and color.

For a richer taste, you can substitute some of the heavy cream with sour cream or cream cheese.

Experiment with different seasonings to personalize the flavors to your liking.



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Side Vegan Easy Quick Plant-based Vegetarian Low-carb Keto-friendly Gluten-free Grain-free Low-calorie Low-fat High-fiber Low-sugar Nut-free Egg-free Soy-free Healthy Weight loss Diabetic-friendly Clean eating Low sodium High-protein Calcium-rich Vitamin-rich Paleo-friendly Primal Heart-healthy Diabetes-friendly Gut-friendly Anti-inflammatory


  • 1 head cauliflower

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp butter or ghee

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 tsp onion powder

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Optional: fresh chopped herbs (such as parsley, thyme, or chives) for garnish


  1. Rinse the cauliflower head under cold water and remove any green leaves. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.

  2. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt to the boiling water.

  3. Add the cauliflower florets to the boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender when pierced with a fork.

  4. While the cauliflower is cooking, heat the butter or ghee in a small skillet over medium heat.

  5. Add the minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for about 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic.

  6. Once the cauliflower is cooked, drain it well and return it to the pot.

  7. Add the sautéed garlic, butter or ghee, grated Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, onion powder, salt, and pepper to the pot with the cauliflower.

  8. Use a potato masher or an immersion blender to mash and blend the cauliflower until you reach your desired consistency. You can leave it slightly chunky or mash it until it becomes smooth and creamy.

  9. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed by adding more salt and pepper.

  10. If desired, garnish with fresh chopped herbs like parsley, thyme, or chives.

  11. Serve the mashed cauliflower hot as a delicious and healthy substitute for mashed potatoes.


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