Over here in the MRC kitchen, we can’t think of any side dish more satisfying than a nice heaping scoop of mashed potatoes. Add all the fixin’s to them, and you’ve got a recipe your great-grandmother would be proud of! However, our waistlines don’t always love so much this carbohydrate rich delicacy…so we’ve taken the potatoes out and replaced them with nutritious cauliflower. Why? You can obtain the same consistency without all those carbohydrates – leaving us room to use things like Unsweetened Almond Milk to make this a creamy and cheesy dish like no other!
This recipe calls for a hand blender. But if you don’t have one, any upright blender can be used in its place. Because this recipe makes two servings, we can use two healthy fats: bacon and butter – YUM! This recipe, though typically considered a side dish when made with potatoes, would actually serve as a meal: replacing 1 protein, 1 healthy fat, and 1 vegetable serving. Accompany with your favorite carbohydrate serving (we suggest corn!), and you’ve got a meal that would rival even the best mashed potatoes out there!
What you’ll need:
- 3 slices uncured bacon
- 16 oz. Cauliflower florets, raw
- 2 cloves crushed Garlic
- ¼ C. unsweetened almond milk*
- 1 Tbsp. grass-fed butter
- Dash of Sea Salt
- Black Pepper, to taste
- 1 Tbsp. minced chives, fresh
- 4 oz. Cheddar cheese, shredded^
*because we are using a minimal amount per serving, this will NOT need to count towards a carbohydrate serving
^adjust as needed to match your menu serving size specifications
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F).
- Fill a large pot with water and allow to come to a rolling boil.
- While the water is coming to a boil, cook the bacon until crisp in a skillet. Set aside on a paper towel. Crumble the bacon into smaller pieces.
- Add garlic and cauliflower to boiling water and allow to boil until the cauliflower is soft; about 15-20 minutes. Drain and return to the pot.
- To the cauliflower and garlic pot, add the almond milk, butter, salt and pepper. Puree with a hand blender or an upright blender.
- Once finely pureed, mix in the chives and transfer the mixture into an 8 x 8 in. casserole dish.
- Top with shredded cheddar and crumbled bacon.
- Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese melts; about 5 minutes
Servings: 2. Serving size: ½ casserole dish. Replaces: 1 healthy fat, 1 protein, 1 vegetable.