Well, this year's resolution was to continue on with my journey into more healthy and clean eating. So, it was time to attempt a substitute for my beloved mashed taters. I searched several recipes and finally settled on the Novice Chef's blog for her "ass-friendly" version. Her intro really made me identify with her so I thought what the heck, here we go.
Now, a few things to air out before I get into this. I have never eaten cauliflower. Veggie dip trays a plenty but only touched the broccoli and carrots. I've picked it out and avoided it at all costs. It looks like white broccoli, I love broccoli, why wouldn't I just try cauliflower? I don't know, picky eater, afraid of the unknown, whatever. With this said, I do not know what my end result taste actually resulted from. I don't know if I didn't drown out the tangy cauliflower taste (if it in fact is kinda tangy), or too much of the other ingredients I used but - this was no mashed potato sub. You can see where this post is going.
Getting personal for second: wow, my stomach did not react so hot to it either. Just fair warning, I have heard this before and I back that claim. If you plan on a date night, fair warning for a grumbly, unsettled tummy.
I'm going to post this, though I view it as a total flop for me, perhaps someone else will love it or take it on to perfect themselves!
- 10 oz. bag of frozen cauliflower
- 1 tbsp. of Chicken Better the Boullion (I accidentally got the beef version of this for my black eyed pea soup - this time, I think it worked perfectly)
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 big pinches of asiago cheese (2 oz.)
- 1/4 cup sour cream (recipe called for greek yogurt and I was afraid, so used SC as a sub)
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a small food processor, combine your shallot, garlic and cheese - pulse until well blended.
Once the cauliflower is tender, drain and put the florets into a bowl. Add the ingredients from your food processor, followed by the sour cream (or greek yogurt, whichever you prefer). Using a hand mixer, beat well until smooth and creamy. You will notice the consistency is much more runny than mashed potatoes, recipe research confirmed that is normal.
Eating these plain, I would not have made it past bite 3 (take the initial bite, take the 2nd bite to evaluate and 3rd to try a final time...), however with the deliciously glazed pork tenderloin over top, it made it better.
I'm glad I went beyond my comfort zone and tried it, however I did not particularly care for it. Sweet Max Man continued to eat it, tried to offer up his compliments but I could see his longing desire for the mashed potatoes.