Healthy Thanksgiving Dish – Cauliflower Mash


There are going to be plenty of unhealthy dishes on Thanksgiving, so this dish is a great way to add something that’s a little healthy to the mix. I have tried these before and I thought they were pretty good. They were really popular when the Atkins/low carb diet was in. I have decided to make this as a side dish on Thanksgiving to incorporate more vegetables into the meal. I will absolutely be having the real kind of mashed potatoes as well, but just wanted to try a little something different and thought I’d share the recipe.


1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2-3 Tbsp. olive oil and anything you’d normally add to mashed potatoes, like butter, salt, garlic, cream and/or grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions for Making Cauliflower Mash

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Place the cauliflower florets on a jellyroll pan or heavy baking sheet with sides. Spread them out in an even layer. Drizzle with olive oil. Roast the cauliflower for 10-12 minutes. Stir, and roast another 10-12 minutes. The cauliflower is done when you can pierce it easily with a fork.

Additional Instructions for Cauliflower Mash:

Now transfer the cauliflower to a food processor – unlike mashed potatoes, we don’t have to worry about the cauliflower becoming gluey in a food processor. Add a little cream, some garlic, butter, salt and anything else you’d like to flavor the cauliflower. Now pulse until fairly smooth. You might want to stop and scrape down the sides, and add a little more cream to get the consistency you want. Cover again, and pulse until smooth. Serve the mashed cauliflower immediately.

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