Healthy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe (Like Mashed Potatoes, But Better)

By Hitha Palepu

The chill of winter begs for warm, comfort foods.  This creamy cauliflower recipe warms the bones and soul while packing a rich, nutrient punch.  Creamy cauliflower makes the perfect side dish or satisfying vegetarian meal when combined with vegetables and a bit of cheese.

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Creamy Cauliflower Mash

8 cups bite-size cauliflower florets (about 1 head or two bags of frozen cauliflower)
4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
1/3 cup nonfat buttermilk (no buttermilk?  Mix 1 cup of milk with one tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar)
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Snipped fresh chives for garnish

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Cook the cauliflower and garlic, either by steaming in a basket over boiling water for 12 to 15 minutes or cook the cauliflower and garlic in the microwave by adding ¼ cup water, cover and cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes. Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor. Add buttermilk, 2 teaspoons oil, butter, salt and pepper; pulse several times, then process until smooth and creamy.  You can also blend the ingredients in a mixing bowl with a immersion blender. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garnish with chives, if desired. Serve hot. For a hearty one-dish meal, place the mash in a square baking dish, top with caramelized onions, wine-cooked mushrooms, and shredded Parmesan or goat cheese, and bake for 12-15 minutes at 350°F.

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