As an alternative to mashed potatoes [one of my favorite foods] I have also been making mashed cauliflower. This recipe makes for a smooth and creamy side dish that goes great with just about everything. Because it's lighter than potatoes it's a great to pair with warm comfort foods that can be heavier.
Creamy Mashed Cauliflower:
1 medium sized head organic caulifower
1/2 cup milk [use skim, 2% or whole based on preferred level of creaminess]
1/3 cup low fat sour cream
1/2 clove fresh garlic
salt + fresh ground peper to taste
Prep: Steam cauliflower, I use a silicone steamer basket in a pot, super easy to use, clean and store. Add about an inch of water to the bottom of your bot, put in the steamer basket, throw in the cauliflower, put on the lid and bring the water to a boil. Let it steam 5-7 minutes, you want it to be soft but not mushy when you take it out. Add the steamed cauliflower to your blender with the milk and garlic and blend until smooth and creamy. If you need to add more milk do so and blend a bit more, because each head of cauliflower is different you may need a little more or less milk depending on the consistency you want, common sense cooking, you get it. When done blending, poor mashed cauliflower into a bowl and stir in sour cream and add salt + pepper to taste. Vioila! a delicious and creamy side dish done in minutes.