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Mock Mashed Potatoes

January 30, 2012

In an attempt to cook more meals at home and save money, we now have Sunday family dinners to catch up from the week. So last Sunday I bought a nice piece of grass fed beef rib eye from Bristol Farms and grilled it up with a simple mix of olive oil, salt and pepper. We don’t get to eat steak too often so this was a definite treat and I am willing to spend more on quality. On the side, I tossed a mixed green salad with avocado and heirloom cherry tomatoes with a homemade dressing of garlic, dijon mustard, cider vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. I had some leftover baby potatoes, but not enough to make a whole side dish out of it. Instead of picking up more potatoes, I bought a head of cauliflower to mix in with the potatoes.

This is such a easy recipe to sneak in those vegetables. I’m big on “sneaking in vegetables” when you live with someone who would rather eat meat and potatoes all day. I’m not a huge fan of cauliflower by itself, but mashed in with the potatoes, you can’t even tell the difference. The end result was creamy and decadent and looked and tasted just like a huge bowl of mashed potatoes. I think using part potatoes gave it that starchiness and texture without having to compromise too much. I used nutritional yeast which gave it a nice cheesy flavor without the actual dairy. A smidgen of butter, milk and simple seasonings, this was the perfect side dish to our family feast. This recipe also makes a lot, which is great for leftovers throughout the week.

Mock Mashed Potatoes

Serves 6-8 people


1 head of cauliflower (roughly chopped up)

5 baby russet potatoes (quartered)

1/4 C nutritional yeast

1/4 C low fat milk (or soy, almond, rice)

1 Tbs butter

1 Tbs garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Start by boiling a big pot of water. Once the water boils, dump in your chopped up cauliflower and potatoes

2. Once the potatoes and cauliflower are tender (about 15 minutes), drain and return to pot.

3. Start mashing with a masher, add butter, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, milk, salt and pepper

4. Top with scallions, crumbled bacon, or parsley

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