I had planned to share my recipe for cauliflower mashed potatoes a couple of days ago, but since the election, I have had a difficult time putting pen to paper. How can I possibly find the excitement to write about something like mashed potatoes when the world, the one I envision for my daughter, seems in question?
After 48 hours of many tears and basically grasping at any article, Facebook post or conversation with family that may help me find hope in what has transpired, I have finally found a glimmer of light. The only thing that keeps me hanging on is knowing that there are many like-minded people that want the same thing for their children- love, prosperity and freedom. While there will be a rough storm ahead and many of us now have a new purpose to fight for the future we believe in, we also must focus on what unites us. That’s the only way I know how to move forward. After all, remember when just a week prior to the election, everyone was celebrating the Cubs win? What a happy night that was. Well you know what else unites us? Good food, cooking for our loved ones, a meal that we share with friends. So as I slowly regain the strength to jump over the hurdles of fear that have clouded my mind this week, I am happy to share a recipe that is good for the soul and for our health.
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1/4 cup low-fat milk
- 1/2 cup part skim cheese
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1.5 Tablespoons thyme
- salt and pepper
- Wash and chop cauliflower into florets
- Place in saucepan with boiling water for 10-15 minutes (you can steam instead!)
- Drain cauliflower and place in blender or food processor with the remaining ingredients (leave a 1 Tablespoon of thyme to add at end)
- Blend well to desired consistency
- Add back to saucepan and warm over low-medium heat for 5-10 minutes mixing well
- Add remaining thyme
Now that I am an adult and would love to recreate her recipe to savor any time I’m down, I also need to watch my weight. So I made my own version of mashed potatoes using the veggie of the year, cauliflower! Cauliflower has a very similar texture to potatoes but have about a fourth of the calories and carbs! Add the cheese and milk, and these are a healthier decadent alternative to mashed potatoes.
What’s your favorite comfort food and why? Share in the comments section below!