Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Healthy Mashed Cauliflower
How about THIS holiday season you do something revolutionary and stay committed?
We’re fast approaching the time of year when so many people drop the exercise ball and/or veer off the healthy eating track. Just this once, how about experiencing some pride instead of guilt come January? Once you taste that feeling, I know you’ll agree that it’s SO much more delicious than the piles of food that were placed in front of you in November and December.
This is the time to remember your “Why”!
I have great news for you…I’m going to help you, because that’s my mission in life.
You do NOT need to suffer during this time…you just need to have the right info, some killer healthy Thanksgiving recipes and to stay committed to making healthier choices. Healthy food CAN taste just as good (often BETTER) than the crap. Here’s a start…
This healthy mashed cauliflower recipe will blow your socks off! (Okay, if you’re in San Diego, your flip flops.) While it’s not entirely fat-free, it’s most definitely “clean” and a much better choice than the standard simple carbohydrate packed mashed potato alternative. Double up on this recipe and serve it at your family dinner and I bet you won’t hear a single complaint.
- 1 head cauliflower (cut into chunks)
- 4 cloves garlic (peeled and crushed)
- 1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon butter or ghee*
- 2 teaspoons EVOO or coconut oil
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- Fresh ground pepper (to taste)
- chives or parsley (chopped, for garnish)
- Place cauliflower chunks and garlic in a steamer basket over boiling water. Tightly cover the pot and steam until the cauliflower is very tender, about 12 to 15 minutes.
- Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor. [You can do it in batches if your processor is smaller.] Add Greek yogurt, oil, butter, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Pulse several times until somewhat mixed and then process until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with parsley or chives, if desired. Serve hot.
* What is ghee??? Ghee is a type of clarified butter that's prepared by simmering butter and removing the residue. Sometimes spices are added for flavor. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine and cooking due to its purported health benefits. You can usually find it in the ethnic section of larger mainstream grocery stores and at Trader Joes.