Recipe By Andie
Published Aug 1st
Prep 15m Cook 10m Additional - Ready In 25m
Servings 4 servings Calories 97.8

This recipe is so easy and healthy. I love mashed potatoes, and when I started the South Beach Diet® and couldn’t have them, I had to find an alternative. This is an awesome alternative, and people who hate vegetables love it. I do recommend using a large food processor for this recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅓ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. 2 Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until softened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. 3 Transfer half the cauliflower to a food processor; cover and blend on high. Add remaining cauliflower florets, one at a time, until vegetables are creamy. Blend in garlic, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, salt, and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 97.8
  • Carbohydrate 8.4 g
  • Cholesterol 6.6 mg
  • Fat 5.7 g
  • Fiber 3.6 g
  • Protein 5.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.8 g
  • Sodium 371.6 mg
  • Sugar 3.5 g
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  1. A hint for those who found it to be too runny. Try cooking the cauliflower less, so that it is still a little firm rather than mushy. Also, fresh cauliflower, trimmed then soaked in cold water for a half hour or more will improve both texture and flavor. (True for most fresh veggies!). Enjoy!
  2. Oh. My. Goodness. This is unbelievable! I have tried mashed cauliflower before and it was terrible. I don't know if this is so good because of steaming it or using the food processor instead of a mixer or adding cream cheese and parm. But whatever it is, I'm not messing with it! My husband even - Read more ...
  3. This is a good base recipe, but as is it is very bland. I used 4 tbs cream cheese and 1 cup parmesan. I got 6 good-sized servings.
  4. Delicious. I used my immersion blender to puree. I added a bit more fresh herbs (right in the steamer) and used non dairy cream cheese as well as Parm cheese. I am going to stock up on cauliflower when it goes on sale because my family really enjoyed this. **5/14/13 update. I roasted my cauliflower - Read more ...
  5. This is another good healthy recipe that I found under the MyPlate recipes collection that I really enjoyed. I have tried cauliflower a couple times in my life and I could not stand it. But I kept hearing about how good mashed cauliflower is so I decided to go ahead and give it another chance..and - Read more ...
  6. I absolutely HATE cauliflower! What possessed me to try this recipe I have no idea, but I am glad I did! Creamy and delicious and definitely not overpowering on the cauliflower flavor. A few hints to make it stand out: Be sure you drain the cauliflower after steaming. You may even find a way to - Read more ...
  7. I love cauli, so I knew I would like this recipe. However, please try next time to roast the cauli first; sprinkle evoo, garlic salt/pepper on 400d til it turns brown/crispy...then mash it and add the cream cheese and parm cheese to make it really creamy. You'll never eat cauli any other way! Yum!
  8. This is a great variation to use cauliflower. I grow my own and have been looking for some tasty recopies. I did modify the recipe slightly by topping with butter which melted on the top. Additionally I added some spices for more flavor. Otherwise the method of mashing the vegetable is awesome. My husband had - Read more ...
  9. From a healthy standpoint this recipe is great. It is low carb, has fiber, low fat, and low calories. To top, it is super easy to make. The garlic flavor is prominent, so you must like garlic. I had a 16oz bag of cauliflower in the freezer, I wanted to use up. I defrosted it - Read more ...
  10. I've tried many variations of mashed cauliflower and while I've enjoyed them all, all were not as "fluffy" as I would like, and in fact leaned toward the "porridge-like" side - until now. Steaming the cauliflower, rather than cooking it in water, obviously is the solution and I'm happy to be this recipe's first reviewer - Read more ...

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