Recipe: Cauliflower Mash – Paleo & Whole30 Approved

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Cauliflower Mash Recipe – Paleo & Whole30 Approved

I made cauliflower mash for the first time ever the other night. I am currently doing the Whole30 Challenge and learning all about whole foods, nutrition, and delicious recipes along the way. I’ve always heard of people on low-carb and paleo diets eating cauliflower mash but I had never tried it for myself. I have had cauliflower rice several times and it’s pretty good so I decided to be adventurous and try cauliflower mash for myself.

Cauliflower Mash - Paleo & Whole30 Approved

Can you tell the difference between this and a bowl of mashed potatoes?

I didn’t have a recipe to follow but I had a head of cauliflower in the fridge so I decided to “wing it” and try it out. I remember a friend telling me awhile back that all you have to do is steam the cauliflower to get it nice and soft and then put it in a food processor. Easy enough. I tried it out and what do you know, it turned out great. Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • 2 TBSPs Cold Pressed Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Kitchen items you will need:

Take the head of cauliflower and wash it well. Take a medium sized pot and fill in up with about 4 cups of water. You don’t want to fill up the whole pot with water, just enough to get it nice and steamy. Put the cauliflower in the pot and cover. Steam on high for about 10 minutes.

Once the cauliflower is nice and soft, pour it through a strainer to get all the water out. Then cut off the stem. Some people like to do this while the cauliflower is still raw but I think it’s easy to cut once it softens up. Personal preference.

Cut the cauliflower into decent chunks and place in food processor. Now, if you have a mini food processor like I do this can take a couple rounds to get through the whole batch. Be patient. Puree the cauliflower until it’s nice, creamy, and smooth like real mash potatoes.

Once all the cauliflower is done being pureed, place in a bowl. Add the olive oil and salt and pepper and mix it up well. Test the mixture and add more spices to your liking. I kept mine pretty basic and it was damn good.

Serve the cauliflower mash piping hot. They are so good that your potato eating family and friends may not even know the difference! This was so good that I’m going to try and be creative and make sweet potato mash next. It’s a perfect side dish and complements a Whole30 meal nicely. I served this cauliflower mash with Paleo Mustard Chicken Thighs and it was quite tasty and filling!

Have you ever made Cauliflower mash? Do you like it? Post in the comments and let me know! 

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