Healthy Thanksgiving Alternatives: Cauliflower Mashed "Potatoes"

Recipes that cut back on the extra holiday pounds without cutting back on flavor.

Every day until Thanksgiving, Forest Hills Patch will feature a different healthy alternative to cooking up a flavorful Thanksgiving meal.

Check out today's pick for the tastiest and healthiest Thanksgiving recipe alternatives to help you save on the extra holiday pounds without cutting back on flavor!

Recipe #4

Cauliflower Mashed "Potatoes"

Serves 4


1 head cauliflower
1 clove garlic
1 leek, white only, split in 4 pieces
1 tablespoon soft-tub margarine, nonhydrogenated
Pepper to taste


Break cauliflower into small pieces. In a good-sized saucepan, steam cauliflower, garlic and leeks in water until completely tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. While cauliflower is hot, puree until the vegetables resemble mashed potatoes. (Use a food processor, of if you prefer a smoother texture, use a blender. Process only a small portion at a time, holding the blender lid on firmly with a tea towel.)

Add a little hot water if vegetables seem dry. Stir in margarine and pepper to taste.

Recipe provided by The Mayo Clinic

Sheila in Rego Park November 23, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Cauliflower tastes like cauliflower, not like mashed potatoes. I like cauliflower on its own but let's stop the nonsense of saying it's a "substitute" for potatoes.


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