Growing up in the Midwest, you could say I was a meat & potatoes girl from birth. Mashed potatoes were a daily staple, and for Christmas, my mother and my aunt would actually make potatoes 3 ways: Mashed, Scalloped (with cheese), and Twice Baked. It was a carb fest of epic proportions. While this type of menu certainly doesn't pair nicely with a fit and healthy lifestyle, I don't suggest we eliminate potatoes all together. We all know sweet potatoes can be delicious and very healthy, but have you tried cauliflower too?
When you are absolutely jones-ing for that starchy, flavorful goodness, try making some of your favorite potato recipes with this often overlooked veggie -- its not just for crudite!!
I asked my beautiful friend Neda Varbanova for some help. Her wonderful & informative blog, Healthy With Nedi has amazing recipes, and healthy lifestyle tips. I cannot wait to try this one. Neda swears by it and I trust her!
For more delicious & guilt-free holiday recipes, check out her Guide to a Thinner Thanksgiving Dinner. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @healthywithnedi.
Twice Baked Mashed Cauliflower
- 1 medium head cauliflower, cut in florets
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
- 3 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup cheese, grated
Step 1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot and place cauliflower in it. Cook covered for 10 minutes, so the cauliflower is tender but not mushy. Remove from heat. Drain well.
Step 2. Put the cauliflower back in pot with lid on and let stand for 5 minutes. This ensures the cauliflower doesn't get watery. Don't skip this step.
Step 3. Place cooked cauliflower in the food processor with parmesan cheese, yogurt, salt, pepper, garlic powder and parsley. Blend until it has the consistency of mashed potatoes. You can choose to make this a day ahead and refrigerate the mixture until you are ready to bake.
Step 4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Step 5. Place mashed cauliflower in a greased baking pan. Top with chopped onions and cheese.
Step 6. Bake for 20 minutes and then broil for a couple of minutes to crisp up the top.