Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
A comfort-food twist on an amazingly healthy vegetable
Cauliflower Instead of Mashed?
Chances are you've heard or participated in one of the trending low-carb diets such as Paleo. Even though HTPharmacy advocates "healthy" eating, not "dieting," we have to admit that the low-carbers are onto something here by substituting cauliflower for many of the starches individuals tend to go overboard on, such as potatoes and rice. Although very few will tell you that mashed cauliflower tastes exactly like mashed potatoes, it is so delicious you probably won't care.
Beyond its tasty exterior, cauliflower has many health benefits and is considered a power-house vegetable by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 1 cup of this super-food (raw) contains:
2 grams (g) of protein
0.3 grams of fat
5 g of carbohydrate, including 2.1 g of fiber and 2 g of sugar
24 milligrams (mg) of calcium
16 mg of magnesium
47 mg of phosphorus
320 mg of potassium
51.6 mg of vitamin C
16.6 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin K
0.197 mcg of vitamin B6
61 mcg of folate
What do all those numbers mean?
They mean advantages in avoiding adverse health conditions such as
As well as promoting
But enough with the technicalities...Lets get on to the food!
What You'll Need
8 cups Cauliflower (1 large head)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves sliced garlic
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Steam Cauliflower until very tender
Meanwhile, heat oil in a small pan, then lightly brown garlic over medium-low heat
Put drained Cauliflower, garlic/oil, salt, and pepper in a food processor; Process until smooth
Transfer to a bowl and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil