Finally! Mashed cauliflower that actually sticks to your fork! These mashed cauli-potatoes are thick and creamy but only 146 calories per serving! (4 SP)
Thanksgiving is just around the corner which means carb temptation is lurking. This is the hardest time of year for those who are trying to cut calories, stay on track with a weight management program, or finish up those pesty new years resolutions before our new ones begin (or continue…)
So while most people are looking forward to pigging out on turkey day, there are a handful of people who are dreading the temptations, the set backs, and the derailing of their daily hard work. For those people, I am always trying to share recipes that are still full of flavor but low on calories so that you can still feel like you’re indulging without overindulging. The goal is to never feel like you’re sacrificing your favorites during the holidays, while also staying within your calorie budget!
You may have tried mashed cauliflower before and been wildly disappointed by its watery, flavorless, pathetic attempt at trying to mimic potatoes. So I figured what’s the best way to make it taste more like mashed potatoes? Add in mashed potatoes. It only makes sense!
Now I’m not claiming these mashed cauli-potatoes are going to taste exactly like mashed potatoes, otherwise they’d be mashed potatoes. There are still 2 heads of cauliflower in here so they’re still going to taste like cauliflower. HOWEVER! Because of the 2 mashed potatoes that are added in they actually do taste more like mashed potatoes than straight up mashed cauliflower, and the cream cheese makes them thick and creamy. (But we’re using 1/3 less fat so they’re still lower in calories!) Add in some margarine and salt and pepper and you’ve got yourself a contender for the real thing!
146 calories per serving
4 SP per serving
You want to start by chopping up 2 heads of cauliflower into florets and 2 russet potatoes into 1/2 inch chunks. In a large pot over medium-high heat, boil the cauliflower and potatoes until tender.
Drain the water then add the cauliflower and potatoes back into the pot and mash until the desired consistency.
Add in 8 oz of cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat), 1/4 C of milk (I used skim) and 4 Tbsp of margarine. Mix until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve immediately. Top with a little parsley to dress them up, if you want to be fancy! You can also throw in some extra flavors if you wish, such as cheese (which will add in extra calories of course), garlic powder, or tabasco, which are always go-tos in our kitchen!
Enjoy! 🙂 Andrew actually said he would eat these over real mashed potatoes so I must be doing something right over here! Hopefully you can fool some loved ones you are trying to get to eat healthier too! 😉
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- 2 heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
- 2 russet potatoes, cut into ½ inch chunks
- 8 oz of cream cheese (I used ⅓ less fat)
- ¼ C of milk (I used skim)
- 4 Tbsp of butter or margarine (I used margarine)
- Chopped parsley for serving, if desired
- In a large pot over medium-high heat, boil cauliflower and potatoes until tender.
- Drain the water then add the cauliflower and potatoes back into the pot and mash until the desired consistency.
- Add in cream cheese, milk and margarine. Mix until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately. Top with a little parsley to dress them up, if you want to be fancy!
Feel free to add in some cheese (extra calories of course!) or other seasonings if you want to add in some extra flavor. Garlic powder and tabasco sauce are always go-tos in our kitchen!
**Recipe created by Caitlin!
What do you think? Did this recipe make the cut for you or did it crumble? What would you do differently? I look forward to reading your opinions!