The Best Creamy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

cauliflower mash recipe

Cauliflower recipes are everywhere nowadays.

Cauliflower rice. Cauliflower pizza. Cauliflower tortilla. Are we getting sick of cauliflower yet?

No? Good; me either.

Cauliflower, in my opinion, is hands down the best healthy substitute for some of the heavy grains and breads that we may be resisting in this increasingly more popular grain- and gluten-free world. It’s filling, easy-to-cook, and can be done in a trillion different ways, making in nearly impossible to tire of. You can make a cauliflower fried rice one night and a buffalo fried cauliflower then next; same veg, entirely different flavors. It’s the most versatile veggie!

Regardless of all the different options for cooking and seasoning cauliflower, one super simple cauliflower dish is my absolute favorite: cauliflower mash.

Cauliflower mash is a stable side in my house — and is sometimes served as the main course, mixed with some dairy-free pesto and topped with a poached egg — because it’s so simple to make, beyond yummy and filling, and goes with almost everything. Throw it in a steamer with some garlic, salt and pepper, and fat, and then puree it. DONE.

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Cashew Cream for Dairy-Free, Vegan Dressing

Cashew Cream, Vegan dressingI recently committed to eat less — or no — meat (gasp!).

And since I don’t do dairy, my diet is feeling more Vegan-y than ever before. And I needed a Vegan dressing in my life. I am not Vegan — I happily eat an egg-white omelette every AM, and you would be hard-pressed to convince me to do otherwise — but the new meatless-me has been searching for a replacement to my regular chicken-over-salad dinner go to.

My solution? Make a better salad.

My ordinary lettuce, tomato, cucumber combo — with some rando special guest appearance like a poached egg or olives — just wasn’t cutting it without it’s meaty counterpart. So I got a little more inventive with my salad creations, and it helped, but I was still bored.

My solution? Make a better dressing. A better, Vegan dressing.

Bingo. That did it.

But it wasn’t easy, as half of the deliciousness of a good dressing is in it’s creaminess, which comes from the dairy.

Solution?

Cashew cream.

It’s amazing. So creamy and you can use the standard cream — just water and cashews — as your base and spice it anyway you want. Add lemon and garlic for a alfredo-like sauce; or add fresh pepper and olives; honey mustard and miso paste; whatever works. My ultimate favorite combines capers, coconut aminos, black pepper, salt, honey mustard and raw garlic. Delish. And its an exact replica of a Cesar dressing. Yum.

Go ahead, give your salad new life.

P.S – I’ve been plowing through cashews since going “Vegan”. Thrive market has a good deal on raw cashews in bulk.

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Dark Chocolate Chip Paleo Banana Bread Recipe

Paleo Banana Bread RecipeBanana bread takes me back to my childhood. I love it. It reminds me of my grandmother. And it’s also one of those desserts that for whatever reason it’s totally acceptable to eat it for breakfast. Love that.

This Paleo banana bread recipe is a lot cleaner than the Entenmann’s boxed banana bread that my grandma always had on hand, but it is still delicious. The dark chocolate is optional if that isn’t your thing, but I love, love, love the combination or dark chocolate and banana. Yum.

Eat this with a cup of coffee in the AM or with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream in the PM. It knows no time-appropriateness, which only makes it more appealing. Eat up.

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Warm Bacon, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Brussels sprout sweet potato hashWhen the temperature drops and the leaves begin to turn that’s my cue to make a switch from cooking my light summer salads to making entrees that are warmer, fuller and more conducive to the weather outside. This root vegetable hash is like a warm sweater. It warms my soul — or at least my belly.

It’s the perfect fall dinner — or breakfast — in my humble opinion. It’s hearty — with or without the chicken if your a vegetarian or would just rather nix it — and it is just the right amount of slutty without going completely off the reservation, thanks to the bacon and pouched egg.

So. Yum.

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Healthy Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

healthy pumpkin spice latte, paleo pumpkin spice latteTis’ the season for putting pumpkin spice flavor on every. dish. imaginable. And I love it. Well, within reason. I’ve seen pumpkin spice-flavored popcorn. I just can’t get behind that one. But coffee, more specifically, lattes, I’m in love.

Nothing reminds me more of fall — which would be my favorite season if it only lasted longer — than a hot, creamy pumpkin spice latte, and a flannel; I love a good flannel, too. The only problem? If you get a pumpkin spice latte from a coffee shop there is really no pumpkin in it — or anything else that isn’t processed sugary crap.

So, I make my own and enjoy it on the reg for breakfast or dessert. And I don’t miss the Starbucks version. Truth.

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5-Ingredient Dairy-free Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Recipe

dairy-free ice cream, paleo ice cream, Ice cream. Yum.

I have a little bit of a sweet-tooth, and as a result of that, I’m always on the lookout for a non-dairy ice cream copycat. And, yes, you could do a coconut milk or almond milk version — I know you’ve seen them in your supermarket — but they are still loaded with refined sugars. Not feeling that.

This dairy-free chocolate banana ice cream recipe is actually healthy. Minimal ingredients, only natural sugars, no crap. It’s not as sweet, of course, but it’s still delicious and it is 100 percent clean eating.

You can make this your own by throwing in whatever toppings you’re craving. I sometimes add dark chocolate chips for a little added crunch and sweetness. Dried cherries and chopped nuts are also delicious.

Yum. Pass me a spoon.
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Crunchy Paleo Granola Cereal Recipe

paleo granola, grain-free granola

I’ve taken a little cooking and blog-writing hiatus that comes along with having a newborn, but as my little one is getting bigger — and as I’m getting the hang of this whole “new mom” thang — I’m getting back in the kitchen.

Staying Paleo with a newborn turned out to be more difficult than I originally thought. I figured since I managed to stick to my clean-eating ways throughout my entire pregnancy, doing the same post-pregnancy would be cake, right? Wrong.

My little dude doesn’t like eggs. I love eggs. Eat-them-every-morning-of-my-life kind of love. But no egg is worth a fussy baby, so the minute I was able to pinpoint them as a “gassy food” for him they got nixed for my morning routine. Sigh.

I needed a new — and easy — breakfast food, and when you’re Paleo a lot of those easy breakfast meals — cereal, bagels, yogurt — are off the menu. This Paleo granola recipe saved my life.. well… my mornings, at least.

Its basically just dried fruit and nuts, which make it very filling. The key is to use a large variety of nuts to give it good texture and flavor. I enjoy it every morning with some chilled almond milk. Yum.

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Three-Ingredient Mango Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

chia seed pudding recipe, chia seed dessertNow that the threat of snow is winding down (fingers crossed), I’ve been getting the itch to move away from making heavier soups and chilis and towards lighter salads and fruity desserts.

Mangos always remind me of the warmer months, and they are my go-to when I’m craving something sweet; I have dried mangos in my pantry at all times. This Chia seed pudding is made almost entirely of mangos. Its super sweet and citrusy without any added crap.

I normally add a little bit of raw honey or pure maple syrup to my Chia seed pudding recipes, and there is always a base of almond milk, but I find the mangos are sweet enough on their own — nix the honey or maple — and when pureed they are thick enough that the almond milk is also not needed. Just mangos, Chia seeds and fresh orange juice — plus whatever you choose to top it with, if anything. It literally doesn’t get any easier than that.

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Date and Nut Butter Chocolate Paleo Dessert ‘Truffles’

Paleo Chocolate Dessert, Healthy Chocolate DessertMy sweet tooth can be pretty bitchy. She’ll hang around until she gets what she wants.

Unfortunately for her, I know processed sugar is the devil and any super-sugary indulgence I give into is never worth the headachy “I feel like shit” aftermath, so I try to stay away. And recipes like this one make that way easier to do. These are sweet, chewy, rich and super filling; they are my go-to when my sweet tooth rears its ugly head, and they have never not satisfied it.

I make these for my family — filled with some not-so-clean, non-Paleo eaters — every holiday, and no one is the wiser of what is — or isn’t — in them; they all get gobbled up every time. Every. Damn. Time.

And they are so quick and easy to boot. Eat up.

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‘Hold the Beans’ Paleo Chili in the Slow Cooker

paleo chili, beanless chili, healthy chiliMmmm… chilli…

Its about the only thing I enjoy about the winter; a hot bowl of chili when the weather is anything but. Don’t ask me why I live in New England.

This recipe is one of my faves. Being Paleo, it is without all the beans you have come to expect to see in chili; they are replaced by a heaping portion of veggies, keeping this super hearty and nutritious.

I do like my chili a bit spicy, but you can easily omit the jalapeno and cayenne if you prefer a milder version. Enjoy and stay warm 🙂

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