This is a simple, delicious and healthy alternative to mashed potatoes and comes in at about 1/4th the calories. It also has more vitamins and minerals and we all know how good garlic is for us. (But you can always whip this up without the garlic)
Great for holiday gatherings as well!
• 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
• 2 Tbsp. of Earth balance
• 1/4 to 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
• One head of garlic (if making with roasted garlic)
• Drizzle of olive oil
• Fresh chopped chives (optional)
• 1-2 Tbsp. Nutritional yeast
• sea salt and pepper to taste
red onion (optional)
*If adding garlic - if not, skip ahead to the next section.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulb, then cut off the very top of the head of garlic to expose the individual garlic cloves.
Place in aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil. Seal the foil around the garlic. Bake for 25-30 minutes (until the cloves are soft) Allow garlic to cool, then squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of the skin and set aside (or you can squeeze right into the pot when you blend it all together.)
Place about 3 inches of water into a large pot and bring to boil. Place a steamer insert and then cauliflower florets into the pot and cover. (If you don’t have a steamer, just put the cauliflower right into the water, but steamed retains more of the nutrients and flavor). Steam for 12-16 minutes, until completely tender and soft. Drain and return to pot. Add roasted garlic, (if adding) earth balance, and salt to the cauliflower. Slowly pour in a little of the nondairy milk as you are mixing, using a blender, immersion blender or food processor, combine ingredients until smooth. Top with chives (optional) and freshly ground pepper and extra salt to taste.