Mashed Cauliflower & Spinach – Cauliflower Mash Potatoes Substitute

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Mashed cauliflower is very quick to whip up and is a healthy side dish, especially when paired with a bed of greens or steamed veggies, such as brussel sprouts or asparagus.

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Mashed Cauliflower & Spinach - Cauliflower Mash Potatoes Substitute
 
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Ingredients
  • Head of Cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • Baby Spinach
  • Garlic Powder (or minced garlic)
  • Ground Black Pepper & Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
  • Nutritional Yeast (to sprinkle on top)
  • 1 tsp Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • ¼ tsp ground Thyme
  • Unsalted Sunflower seeds (to sprinkle on top)
  • 1 tbs Lemon Juice (and extra for on the spinach if you choose)
  • 2-3 tbs Non-Dairy Milk (optional...helps with blending and makes it a bit creamier)
  • Hot Mustard & Vegan Mayo (again, optional. This is what I added to the side... yummy :))
Directions
  1. Fill a skillet with water and put on high heat. While it's warming up, chop the cauliflower into florets and place in a steamer. When water in the skillet starts to bowl, place steamer in the skillet and reduce heat to medium-low and steam until florets are soft (about 15 or so minutes).
  2. When cauliflower is tender, remove heat and allow to cool. Once cool, place in a food processor (I just used my magic bullet) and add in the milk (I used Almond Milk) and the garlic power/minced garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice and thyme and blend until cauliflower has a smooth "mashed potato"-type consistency.
  3. In a bowl, place a generous handful of spinach down and squeeze some lemon over it. I steamed my spinach for a bit, but you don't have to. Add a scoop of the cauliflower on top. Add pepper and cayenne to your taste, as well as some nutritional yeast and sunflower seeds.
  4. Play around. You can omit all the spices/extras I've included and just start with the basic Mashed Cauliflower and add whatever you'd like to it. Onion powder, sea salt, hot sauce...
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