Hi friends, happy Thirsty Thursday! On Monday I felt like I simply could not get by with one more bag of microwavable vegetables (broccoli and green beans are staples in our house) from TJ’s. I rummaged through the fridge and freezer desperately looking for any vegetable to add to our meal that would be good. When I saw the head of cauliflower in the fridge it was like a beacon of light to end our bland vegetable streak. Almost immediately, “MASHED CAULIFLOWER” flashed loudly in my brain, but one problem, I didn’t want to clean the food processor. I love my food processor but it has a lot of moving parts that need to be cleaned which I definitely was not motivated enough to do, so I thought I’d give it a try in the Vitamix and see what happened. The result was creamy (although not as thick as when I make it in the food processor) delicious comfort food. Top with cheese and a little sliver of butter and you may be able to almost split a whole large head of cauliflower between two people like we did.
Garlic & Herb Mashed Cauliflower
– 2 Tablespoon minced garlic (adjust to your preference, I used pre-minced garlic which isn’t very strong)
– 2 wedges garlic and herb laughing cow wedges
– 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets and rinsed
– 1 tsp dried chives
– 1 tsp dried crushed rosemary
– salt and pepper to taste
1. Steam head of cauliflower on stove or in microwave. (To microwave: add the florets to a large glass dish with enough room so that there is one inch between cauliflower and rim, add 1 inch of water and cover with saran wrap. Place in microwave for 10-13 minutes or until tender/easily pierced with a fork.)
2. Add all ingredients to food processor or Vitamix (leave lid off to allow venting if florets are still hot) and process until desired consistency is reached.
3 Health Benefits of Cauliflower
Just like kale and broccoli, cauliflower is part of the cruciferous vegetable family which is well known for its superior delivery of nutrients and health benefits to the body. There are a whole host of benefits to eating more cruciferous vegetables, but here are just three that pertain specifically to cauliflower!
1. Natural Weight Loss Food
Cauliflower packs a fiber punch which helps keep you full and satisfied for hours on end. It is also a great substitute for potatoes in many recipes, making it a delicious low carb option.
2. Cancer Prevention
Packed with a nutrient punch consisting of a variety of vitamins, phytochemicals, and antioxidants which fight cancer by activating enzymes which block cancer growth.
Nutrients, such as Vitamin K from cauliflower help to stimulate compounds which fight inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation puts stress on the body’s immune system and has been linked with many types of auto-immune and other diseases such as cancer. You may also consider adding it to a meal after an intense sweat session to help the body recover.