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“Mock” Garlic Mashed Potatoes (cauliflower mashed potatoes)

Soooo, how many of you all are meat and potatoes folks! :) Well, my husband and father sure are!!! However, this Christmas they were in for a treat for a MUCH healthier option!!! It has the same texture and looks JUST like mashed potatoes for a fraction of the carbs! They are sooo delicious!!! My mom has lost 12 lbs over the past 6-8 weeks thru carb redution and managed to maintain her loss thru the holidays this year! Potatoes are one of her weaknesses as well, but with this side dish to replace the traditional high carb mashed potatoes, she was set! If you are thinking, “no way, I hate cauliflower!” PLEASE just give it a try! The added cream cheese and butter makes it delicious and I think you will be suprised what a hit they are for the whole family (even kids)!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon straight chicken base or bullion (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives, for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions

Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.

Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.

In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese, Parmesan, garlic, chicken base, and pepper until almost smooth.

Garnish with chives, and serve hot with pats of butter.

Hint: Try roasting the garlic and adding a little fresh rosemary for a whole new taste.

Per Serving: Calories: 149; Total Fat: 11.5 grams; Saturated Fat: 7 grams; Protein: 5 grams; Total carbohydrates: 8 grams; Sugar: 4 gramsl; Fiber: 4 grams; Cholesterol: 31 milligrams; Sodium: 170 milligrams

“Mock” Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Recipe courtesy George Stella
Show: Low Carb and Lovin’ ItEpisode: Low Carb Comfort Foods
Recipe categories: Cream Cheese, Cauliflower more

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/george-stella/mock-garlic-mashed-potatoes-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

Tips: If you want to make more feel free to double the amount of cauliflower. I used a little more cream cheese than called for, and once actually forgot to put the butter in and they are still super yummy. As far as the cream cheese, do it to your taste! I did not use the garlic b/c folks in my fam, aren’t huge garlic fans, but I am sure it adds delicious flavor, however they were GREAT without it. I also didn’t have garnish at home, so we left that off too! Basically if you have the cauliflower, parmesan, and cream cheese you can make something pretty tasty!!! Super simple! I don’t have an immersion blender so I just used a food processor and that worked great. I also pureed my cauliflower and then dumped out in a separate bowl to mix the remaining ingredients. If you don’t eat them immediately they are GREAT warmed up as well! I also chose to use salt over chicken broth and it turned out great, so just use what is most convenient for you based on products you already have from home! :) Hope you enjoy as much as I do!

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