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Whipped Cauliflower Mash

There’s no doubt that cauliflower has become the new “it” ingredient.  It’s everywhere from pizza crust to vegan buffalo wings.  But one of my favorite cauliflower dishes is this whipped mash and my entire family prefers it over potatoes.  Just to be clear, I have nothing against potatoes, but when I developed gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy and still struggled with pre-diabetes for a couple of years after the birth of my second child (whom I did not have gestational diabetes with), I became more conscious of the foods that spike my blood sugar and potatoes was one of them.  So I always sought alternatives that would keep my blood sugar levels at bay but still provide me with good nutrition.  I promise, you will not miss the potatoes with this mash! It’s super easy, low carb, mild in flavor and packed with nutrients!   In fact, cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6!  It’s also a very good source of choline, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, and biotin, to name a few.

Try this side dish with my Turkey Shepherd’s Pie, also on my blog! Just search for that recipe or under “turkey” and it should pop right up.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

1-16 oz bag of frozen cauliflower, steamed

1 heaping tablespoon light cream cheese or soy-based spread

2-4 tablespoons milk or dairy alternative

2 tablespoons chopped green onion

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Place cauliflower and cream cheese in a food processor and process on high speed for about 1 minute.
  • Slowly, add in the milk until desired consistency is achieved.
  • Pour into a bowl and top with green onions.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Happy Thursday! 👋🏼 so I FINALLY made cauliflower pizza 🍕🍕with a good end result! 💃🏻The first time I made it, it was like totally mush but I was so proud of this cauliflower crust the 2nd time around and my husband agrees that it’s wayyy better than store-bought! And seriously very easy.  I realized that the reason it was so mushy the first time was because I didn’t squeeze out the excess liquid from the cauli before mixing with other ingredients 🤦🏻‍♀️.  NOW I know better and happy to share my recipe! I love cauliflower pizza because it’s a great way to top veggies on top of veggies!  What’s better than that?!

I topped the crust off with Rao’s homemade pizza sauce and fresh baby spinach 🍃served with Whole Foods 365 brand carrot zoodles, which by the way are such a fun way to serve carrots for kids! 🥕🥕 Try them! You’ll find a bunch of cauliflower crust recipes online so this is just what worked for me.  Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

12-oz bag of fresh cauliflower florets

3/4 cup mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1 egg, whisked

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

pinch of salt and black pepper (optional)

Toppings: any veggies you want!

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a steamer basket, steam the cauliflower florets until fork tender and drain well. Allow to cool.
  3. Place cooled florets on a cutting board and chop well.
  4. Important* Squeeze out excess liquid using paper towel or a cheesecloth.
  5. In a bowl, combine the cauliflower with the mozzarella, Parmesan, oregano, salt, garlic powder and egg. Transfer to the center of the baking sheet and spread into a circle, resembling a pizza crust. Bake for 15 minutes (Note: you can also check it at 10 minutes, the crust is ready when the top is golden brown, which for me was 15 minutes).
  6. Add a layer of sauce and desired veggie toppings and bake an additional 8-10 minutes or until veggies on the top are softened.

 

 

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Rolls

Something happened the other night….something delicious and amazing.  For the first time, I experimented with egg roll wrappers and different fillings.  Yes egg roll wrappers! Believe it or not, they are the perfect food vehicle to stuff with sweet or savory fillings.  I make cauliflower mash pretty often as a low carb side dish (and great way for my kids to try a vegetable made in a different way).  SO I thought it would make the perfect filling for these cauliflower rolls and I was totally right! Steamed, whipped and mixed with parmesan and mozzarella cheese…. Give these a try and I promise your entire family will gobble them up!

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 8 egg roll wrappers
  • 1 bag frozen organic cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • dash of black pepper (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Lightly mist a large baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Insert a steamer basket inside of a large pot that contains one inch of water.  Steam cauliflower for about 5-8 minutes or until fork tender.
  3. Carefully place cauliflower into a blender and add the milk, blend until smooth (you may need to add an additional tablespoon of milk here but make sure consistency is thick, but smooth).
  4. Pour warm cauliflower mixture into a bowl and fold in parmesan, mozzarella and black pepper.  Stir until combined.
  5. Pour some water in a small bowl, which you will need to wet your fingers for the egg roll wrappers.
  6. On a flat surface, place an egg roll wrapper, corner facing toward you (like a diamond shape) and spread cauliflower mixture, leaving ½ inch or so of space on each side.
  7. Fold the bottom corner closest to you up over the ingredients.  Then fold the side corners in and over the filling. Dip your finger in the water and lightly wet the edges of the remaining top corner of the wrapper. Finish rolling the filled cauliflower rolls over the wet corner so that it adheres.
  8. Place wrapped roll onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  9. When all of the rolls are wrapped and on the baking sheet, mist the tops with cooking spray, flip and mist again.
  10. Bake for 14 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until the wrappers are golden brown.