Friday, January 21, 2011

Give it up for Cauliflower

I am the least picky vegan on the planet. Really, I am… It is probably why I am chubby.

*womp womp*

There are just no vegetables that I don’t like. Okra, bring on the goo! Sugar snap peas, yes please! Shallots for my palate(s)! You get it.

There was a time that I remember eating cauliflower and thinking it was not very good. I ate it raw as a kid and thought it was weird. Of course this was one of the few times I tried a vegetable as a child that was not corn, peas, or green beans.

Well cauli-baby, times have changed!

Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables. It is high in dietary fiber, low in fat, high in vitamin C and just all around delicious! You can eat it raw, pickled, steamed, or fried. You just can’t go wrong!

One of my absolute favorite ways to eat cauliflower is mashed with potatoes. This is a much healthier way to eat mashed potatoes, considerably cutting down the calorie content and pumping up the nutritional value.

Vegan goddess Isa Chandra Moskowitz calls them “caulipots” in her cookbook “Appetite for Reduction.”

I just call them scrumptious!   

See more after the jump…

Super easy ingredients
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Source: Adapted from Appetite for Reduction

2 medium Potatoes
1.5 cups Cauliflower
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp Organic Vegetable Broth
¼ tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Salt

Peel and chop potatoes and place them in a pot of cold water.  Bring to a boil and add the cauliflower. Simmer for 15 minutes or so, drain. Return potatoes & cauliflower to pan add broth, olive oil salt and mash together.

Chubby Vegan Notes
*It says russet or Yukon gold potatoes, but I think you can use whatever kind you want.
*I am sure raw cauliflower would be great but I used frozen and it was totally fine.
*These measurements are all estimates. If you want yours thinner, add more liquid. If you want yours thicker, add less.
*I used a potato masher to mash this. If you love lump free mashed potatoes, you are weird. No! If you like yours really smooth, you could use an immersion blender to blend it.
*If you are not looking to cut calories, you could always use dairy free milk instead of vegetable broth and add some vegan butter. Who doesn’t love that!
*If you aren’t crazy about cauliflower you can use broccoli instead.

About the final consistency. These are "lumpy" and luscious!
I think steamed carrots make an EXCELLENT addition!
So colorful! Peas, carrots, cranberry sauce, and cauliflower mashed!


  1. if THAT is what you eat for dinner every day, there is no way you are going to be chubby for long.

  2. Ha! Yeah but you are only looking at plate #1. :)


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