vegan Mashed Cauliflower is tasty comfort food, and a low carb alternative to classic mashed potatoes. from the holiday table to a weeknight dinner! also: how to roast garlic
recipe originally published September 21, 2011
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Vegan Mashed Cauliflower is the low carb choice for a comfort food side dish. With a short ingredient list and an easy, approachable method, this has become a favorite dish at our house.
Cauliflower in general has become one of my favorite foods. Extremely adaptable, cauliflower provides a base for most flavors you want to pair with it. Also versatile in its form – air fried, riced, steaked – okay, not a word but you get it – and one of my favorites – mashed.
Cauliflower is high in fiber and nutrient dense, and is a low carb alternative to grains and in this case, potatoes. Especially in the winter months but honestly – year round, I crave mashed cauliflower. It is one of our regular weekend meal prep recipes that we love to use all week, in comfort bowls and as a side dish.
How To Make Mashed Cauliflower
I use two methods – steaming the cauliflower and boiling the cauliflower. I can usually fit two chopped heads of cauliflower in my large two tier bamboo steamer, and sometimes it is just easier to boil the chopped cauliflower in a large pot.
An important tip for the cooked cauliflower: once it is cooled enough to touch, squeeze as much water out of it as you can.
The next step can be a couple of methods also:
- texture: mashing with a potato masher if you want some texture
- smooth: blending with a stick blender or food processor
Continue reading for flavor variations.
A shortcut in making mashed cauliflower? Buy the frozen florets or riced.
How To Roast Garlic
Roasted garlic has incredible flavor. We roast garlic weekly at our house – I use it in recipes, I spread it on a baguette, I add it to salads. Just a couple simple steps brings you buttery soft, rich garlic cloves.
- Preheat oven to 400 °F
- Using a sharp knife, carefully slice the top from the bulb of garlic
- Place whole bulbs of garlic on a piece of foil
- Drizzle with olive oil
- Wrap garlic in foil
- Roast at 400 °F for 40 minutes
Ingredient Variations for Mashed Cauliflower
- Extra Protein: add cannellini beans! drain and rinse one can of beans (I suggest a cannellini, great northern, or other light color bean, unless you don’t mind grey mashed cauliflower…)
- Extra Flavor: add hummus! add dairy free cream cheese or cheese! my two favorite vegan mashed cauliflower ingredient additions add great depth of flavor and extra creamy texture.
Meal Prep and Storage
How long does Mashed Cauliflower last? My rule for freshness is generally 3-4 days. I have enjoyed this vegan mashed cauliflower all week.
This is an excellent meal prep recipe. I make a double batch and we enjoy it most of the week with lunches and dinners. Once cooked, set cauliflower aside to cool. Transfer to a glass container with a sealing lid, and keep refrigerated.
More Vegan Cauliflower Recipes
- Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower: always a super popular dish to serve! tangy, spicy, and irresistible, you’ll want to plan for a double batch.
- Vegan Creamed Spinach: a steakhouse classic, veganized. the heavy cream component has been replaced with a delicious nutmeg cauliflower sauce you will love!
- Easy Bean and Rice Enchiladas: cauliflower rice is the star of this super easy weeknight meal. make ahead to put in the oven as soon as you get home!
- Cauliflower Cashew Confetti Salad: a vibrant dish full of great color and texture! a perfect potluck recipe. Layers of flavor and crunch with a bright lemony shallot dressing.
- Shiitake Cauliflower Risotto Stacks: fancy and flavorful, this dish has a few steps – and is one hundred percent worth it!
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- 2 heads fresh cauliflower, greens removed and trimmed
- 1/4 cup dairy free milk
- 2-3 tablespoons vegan butter
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 bulb roasted garlic
- Chop / break cauliflower into small pieces.
- Steam or boil until soft, 20-25 minutes (I used a bamboo stacked steamer).
- Cool cauliflower to touch, then squeeze as much water out as you can.
- In the pot you steamed or boiled in, mash cauliflower with milk, butter, salt and pepper.
- Add roasted garlic cloves, mash to combine.
- For a smoother texture: purée in batches in high speed blender or food processor.
- Transfer to serving bowl.
dairy, soy, gluten and potato free, vegan, low carb
- For Added Protein: add cannellini beans! drain and rinse one can of beans (I suggest a cannellini, great northern, or other light color bean, unless you don't mind grey mashed cauliflower...)
- Flavor Additions: add hummus! add dairy free cream cheese or cheese! my two favorite vegan mashed cauliflower ingredient additions add great depth of flavor and extra creamy texture.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 223mg Carbohydrates: 6g Net Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
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