Mash My Cauliflower

That title almost sounds a little vulgar, like something you yell after you get cut off in traffic, “MASH MY CAULIFLOWER, MAN!!” Ok, maybe not, but mashed cauli certainly makes a great healthy side-dish! And it’s easy and tasty. 


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3-5 garlic cloves
  • Black pepper
  • Sea salt (optional)


Wash & cut apart 1 head of cauliflower into small chunks. Place it in a large pot (with lid). Add about an inch of water to the bottom and bring to a boil, cover with lid & let it steam. Once cauliflower is tender-to-fork (takes about 15 minutes) drain the water and place the cauliflower in a food processor, blender, or bowl to hand mash– add pepper, minced garlic and a dash of sea salt (optional) and blend. The food processor and blender makes a smooth texture, while hand mashing leaves it slightly chunky as pictured. Feel free to explore variations of this recipe, like adding chives, basil, or a scoop of sour cream or cottage cheese—just remember, you’re making a HEALTHY alternative to traditional mashed potatoes, so try not to overdo the extras!! Enjoy!

Click on to see the nutrition facts for 1 cup of cooked cauliflower.

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