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Mashed Cauliflower

Healthy mashed cauliflower with garlic, leeks and chives. A nutritional alternative to mashed potatoes and so flavorful! 

Mashed Cauliflower w/ garlic, leeks & chives | via veggiechick.com #vegan

Looking at the photo above, you would never know it’s cauliflower and not mashed potatoes. And although it’s NOT mashed potatoes, it does have a very similar flavor and texture. I’m a big fan of getting as many vegetables as I can, and this is a perfect side dish with less carbs.

This recipe is also super easy! Just boil the cauliflower in water over medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes or until soft. Rinse and add the cauliflower to a large food processor.

In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and leeks, and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until the leeks are tender. Remove from heat and add to the food processor.

To the food processor, add the nutritional yeast, vegan butter, almond milk, chives, thyme, salt, and pepper.
Blend until cauliflower is creamy. Makes four 1/2 cup servings.

Mashed Cauliflower w/ garlic, leeks & chives | via veggiechick.com #vegan

Mashed Cauliflower w/ garlic, leeks & chives | via veggiechick.com #vegan

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Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower w/ garlic, leeks & chives | via veggiechick.com #vegan

Healthy mashed cauliflower with garlic, leeks and chives. A nutritional alternative to mashed potatoes and so flavorful!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Vegan

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 large head)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 leek, trimmed and chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil the cauliflower in water over medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes or until soft. Rinse and add the cauliflower to a large food processor.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and leeks, and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until the leeks are tender. Remove from heat and add to the food processor.
  3. Then add the nutritional yeast (optional), vegan butter, almond milk, chives, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  4. Blend until cauliflower is very creamy. Makes four 1/2 cup servings.

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12 Comments

  • Isn’t cauliflower the best? I love how it can be transformed into decadent dishes like your cauliflower mash! The addition of fresh thyme sounds like a delicious detail!

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    • Thanks Michelle! Yes, I just love cauliflower! Very versatile. =)

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      • I like to add a spoonful of ground flax seeds to the food processor.

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        • Great idea John! I like trying to add nutrition where I can get it. I’m currently drinking a smoothie and I added some hemp seed. =)

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  • Never had mashed cauliflower, going to give it a try 😀

    Keep it up Christin!

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    • Thanks so much Jesse!! =) Enjoy!!

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  • I mash 1/2 of the cauliflower ( for texture ) it makes this more like homemade mash potatoes.

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    • Great idea Ann! I’m sure it makes it a little more chunky. Thanks for the tip =)

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  • Hi! I tried this recipe, and it was good. But it turned out runny, almost like a gel. Any suggestions? It really didn’t look like mashed potatoes 🙁

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    • Hi Daniela, do you think maybe it was over processed in the blender? Sometimes it can get runnier if that happens. If you try it again, I would add less almond milk, blend, and see if you need more. =)

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  • I’ve made mashed cauliflower before, but this recipe is far superior! I didn’t add everything in (went without butter, chives, and leek), and I substituted almond milk with coconut milk because it was what I had on hand. However, the punch of flavor was there. The garlic really does wonders.

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    • Aww thanks Schuanne! I’m really happy you loved it! =)

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