Perhaps you are not big into the “low-carb” movement, but if you have a family member with diabetes or are a diabetic by yourself, simply include more “Super Foods” into your regular meals, here’s a quick and easy way to use cauliflower instead of potatoes with a big meaty meal. Since cauliflower packs a bigger nutritional punch, it’s a pretty good trade-off for no extra work!
- Steam a head (or less) or cauliflower florets until quite soft.
- In a large bowl (the pot you steamed in) combine the cauliflower with ½ cup or so of milk and a few Tbs butter.
- Mash with a potato masher on for a few seconds until creamy.
- Season to taste.
The consistency is not usually exactly that of mashed potatoes, and I don’t think I’ve ever tried gravy on these, but that’s not saying you couldn’t. If you season them well, (more butter!) they’re truly delicious and look quite pretty on the plate. Cheese never hurt a side vegetable, either!
Timesaver: If you’re meal planning well, you can use the same steamer basket and water (just make sure you don’t boil the pot dry) to prep veggies for tomorrow’s meal. For example: You serve your side dish out of the steamer basket one day, and while the family is eating, your pot can be bubbling away steaming a mixed vegetable medley for a casserole or soup the next night, or sliced carrots for baby’s finger foods, or cauliflower for creamed cauliflower on Thursday, or kale to blend into cubes for a green smoothie.
If you’re not big on cutting up the cauliflower;
- Scrub the outside of the cauliflower under running water; use a vegetable brush.
- It’s easiest to cut the whole cauliflower in half first. Although you’ll start to lose nutrients as soon as you cut it, you would rather have florets ready to go in my fridge and have vegetables easier to eat. If we’re not eating them because it’s too much work to cut up each day, that’s no good at all. Might as well cut the whole thing.
- Carve out the large stem and leaves all in one chunk on both halves. This is happening in my sink because the veg is dripping wet, and this is easier for me.
- Then you can cut the cauliflower up into florets, whatever size you want, on your cutting board quite easily.
Are you in for some adventures? You should add to your list of “simple” AND “Nourishing”:
- Hearty Lentil Stew
- Veggie Bean Burritoes
- Creamed Chicken (over rice or mashed potatoes…or mashed cauliflower!)
I found a few more great cauliflower side dish recipes – very easy! – at this site.
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