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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Super Simple Lemon-Garlic Chicken Recipe

Lemon garlic and pepper chicken recipe, paleo chicken recipeLemon, garlic and black pepper is a classic flavor combination that has been a fail-safe since it was discovered way back when. As time has crept on, there have been  hundreds of variations built on this classic base, but there is nothing wrong with kicking it old school and using this flavor profile as it was originally intended — being simple isn’t a bad thing.

This chicken dish showcases the original flavors perfectly. It’s cooked on top of the garlic and lemons in the pan, giving it maximum flavor. I usually pair this over a simple veggie dish, some cauliflower rice or a nice salad. Enjoy!

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Paleo Spicy Chicken Thighs Recipe

Spicy Paleo Chicken Thighs, Spicy Chicken Thighs Recipe, Paleo Baked Chicken ThighsBoneless, skinless chicken breasts are one of the healthiest proteins — low in fat and calories — but, when it comes to flavor, there is something to be said for bone-in, skin-on cuts.

I’ll randomly prepare some bone-in, skin-on breasts or thighs when I’m feeling bored with the healthier alternative and I’m craving a little more flavor. Not to mention, it gives you an excuse to eat with your fingers, which is always a good thing. Finger-lickin’ good.

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Raw Kale and Avocado Salad Recipe

raw kale and avocado salad, paleo raw kale saladMaybe it’s the new-found summer days, but I’ve been on a bit of a salad kick lately. They are easy, light and don’t require any heat; it’s too hot to cook.

While I loved kale cooked or crispy, it’s also one of my favorite salad bases. Your missing out if you aren’t enjoying it raw — which is also the form in which it delivers the most nutritional value. Bring on the vitamins.

While I keep this really simple with only a few ingredients, feel free to throw some nuts, extra veggies or berries in if you wish. I recently served this with Citrus-Marinated Pork and the combination was delicious. Enjoy!

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Yummy Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe

Fresh mango salsa recipeFresh crab and sweet potato chips — not paired together, obviously (ick) — are two of my favorite foods. And eating them both with a fresh fruit-based salsa is a must.

I have tried making mango salsa a bunch of different ways — adding some dried fruit, lots of spice, fresh veggies, with a good tomato base, etc. — but ultimately discovered that as long as you are using nice, fresh mangos (Champagne are my favorite), the less you muck them up with a slew of add-ins, the better it tastes.

This recipe lets the mango be center stage — only adding a little spice, some citrus, red pepper and a touch of vinegar — which is the way it should be. And while I mainly use this to top off crab cakes or sweet potato chips (if you don’t have time to make the chips yourself, Food Should Taste Good makes an awesome version) it goes well with most mild fish and fresh veggies, too. Enjoy!

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Paleo Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Paleo Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried CranberriesI love Brussels sprouts — always and in all ways — but I have always been especially partial to giving them a little sweetness, and caramelizing them with some pure maple syrup is a great way to do that. Throw in some dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds to give this some added texture and flavor, and you have fail-safe side dish. Yum.

These sprouts are great on their own, but I also often throw these over some arugula or spinach dressed with fresh lemon juice and crushed black pepper to make a yummy salad. You can also substitute the pumpkin seeds out for walnuts, pecans or  hazelnuts.

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Paleo Baked Eggs in Avocado Recipe

Paleo baked eggs, baked eggs in avocadoThe only thing better than an avocado in your omelette is an egg in your avocado.

Avocado is usually a fail-safe add-in in most meals, but flipping the script and making it the main dish is just as delicious — and something every avocado-lover needs to try.

This dish is great for a snack or breakfast on the go. It requires very little effort to put together and minimal ingredients. It’s also super filling for a small meal and is loaded with healthy fats, fiber, protein, potassium and a slew of vitamins, including vitamin E, B and folic acid.

I usually top this with some uncured turkey bacon — Applegate Organics is my favorite — but this would work with ham or some chopped red pepper, too.

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Awesome Almond Butter Paleo Pancakes Recipe

Paleo pancakes recipe, paleo waffles recipe, gluten-free pancakes, grain-free pancakes, dairy-free pancakesI grew up on Long Island, where a good 24-hour diner was always within a half-mile drive, making it incredibly easy to get a solid stack of pancakes — anytime, from anywhere. When I moved off the island, I was no longer in the land of plenty when it came to delicious breakfast food, and when I turned grain-, gluten- and dairy-free, my pancake-accessibility went scarce to non-existent. Tear.

Since breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and pancakes were one of my all-time favorite splurges, I recently became obsessed with crafting — and perfecting (I hope) — the makings of an awesome Paleo pancake.

My experiments sort of became a Saturday morning ritual. I tired a combo of coconut flour/almond flour, adding applesauce, pureed dates, mashed banana, and few other interesting combos; anything to try and moisten them up a bit (coconut/almond flour can be dense, which can make your final product a bit dry).

After numerous trial-and-error Saturday sessions, I found a recipe that satisfied. The ingredient that brought it all together? Almond butter. Duh.

I usually dress these up with some fresh fruit — any combination is delicious — or you could throw some dark chocolate chips in there if you want something a bit sweeter.

Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that while I think this recipe makes a really solid Paleo pancake, don’t expect a product equivalent to it’s fluffy, flour-based sibling; I’m not a miracle worker 🙂

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Paleo Balsamic-Dijon Chicken Marinade Recipe

chicken marinade recipe, chicken marinade with balsamic and honey mustard, paleo chicken marinadeThis chicken marinade is super simple to make — you can whip it together in about 5 minutes — it’s tasty, and is totally Paleo-friendly and gluten- and dairy-free. It’s one of my husband’s favorites, so I make it several times a month, and it never gets old. It has a bit of spice to it, so if that isn’t your thing, you can omit the red pepper flakes to tame it a bit.

This pairs well with any cut of chicken — breasts, thighs, etc. — and makes a good marinade for chicken wings on the grill or in the oven, as well as for different cuts of pork.

While I have cooked this on the stove top and the grill several times, I prefer this baked, since you can cook the chicken in its marinade and spoon a bit of it over the final product as a sauce for some extra flavor. Enjoy!

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Finally! How to Make the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg Every Time

hard-boiled egg recipe, the perfect hard-boiled eggs, how to make perfect hard-boiled eggsHard-boiled eggs used to be my culinary kryptonite. How long do I boil them? Under what heat? And how can I peel that damn shell without accidentally breaking into the egg in the process?

It never seemed to work out for me. Until now. I finally perfected hard-boiled eggs. This way, they come out flawless every time; no soft-boiled yolks, no hard-to-peel shells, and no super-dry centers; only sheer perfection. Sigh.

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