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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Healthy Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice Recipe

healthy pork fried rice, pork fried cauliflower riceThis recipe is really for my Chinese food loving-husband; a love I never entertain him on — unfortunately for him.

If I’m every traveling, he has the local Chinese takeout restaurant on the phone the minute my foot steps out the door. It’s an essential factor in his “me” time and his favorite splurge in terms of non-clean eating items.

Pork fried rice is his favorite, so I whipped this up one night to try to feed his Chinese food craving. This is spouse-approved, extremely delicious and flavors are definitely there but — spoiler alert —  this obviously isn’t the greasy takeout that has come to be his beloved “cheat” — thus the basis of its appeal. Yum.

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Cauliflower ‘Rice’ recipe

IMG_2186When I gave up most grains and gluten years ago, rice was a hard one to let go of, as it was a side dish in a huge majority of the meals I made — plus, my husband loves it.

Cauliflower rice saved the day.

While there’s a substantial difference in taste compared to the real thing — I won’t lie — it’s a great substitute.

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