Mashed potatoes -I mean cauliflower-anyone?

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It’s fall and I am craving all sorts of comfort foods, including yummy, warm, comforting mashed potatoes.  I have had 2 different restaurants serve them with my meat recently and had to painfully allow myself a bite or 2 and then shove them on over, wistfully, to Dennis or anyone else who could care less about the Zone.  Then watch him delightedly consume those yummy, comforting potatoes gooey with melted cheese and sour cream….

BUT, I then remembered a great recipe I had from last fall when I was being SO good on the Zone and felt much better having eaten this instead of high sugar potatoes!  It is suprisingly similar in texture and knowing it’s better for you makes it taste that much better!

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

A pressure cooker is recommended to cook the cauliflower most quickly, although steaming is a viable option as well.  The amount of garlic called for here is a moderate amount.  Go big for you extreme garlic lovers.

Cauliflower Time

  • Pressure cooker:  10 min.
  • Steaming:  15-20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 8-12 cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • black pepper and sea salt to taste

Preparation

Trim green leaves from cauliflower head.  (Set them aside, you can use them in salad or steam them as side greens.)

Cut cauliflower into florets and place in pressure cooker or steamer.  Peel garlic cloves and add to cauliflower.  No need to chop or mince the garlic as it will be mashed later.  If using a pressure cooker add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of water.  Cook cauliflower until slightly soft.  This will be 3-5 min. in pressure cooker, 5-10 min. if steaming.

One may use a hand-held potato masher or electric beaters (for creamier consistency) to mash.  Add black pepper, sea salt, and olive oil as desired.  Basil flavored olive oil lends a light herb flavor as well.

Zone Blocks

Every 200g of raw cauliflower yields 1 carb block.  Pre-weigh cauliflower to determine number of carb blocks in entire batch.  Use olive oil to meet your fat block requirements, 1/3 tsp.=1 fat block.  Approximately 1 cup of finished mashed cauliflower yields 1 carb block.

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