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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Cauliflower Good For You : Cauliflower Mash So Tasty



Loaded with vitamin C, this cruciferous cousin to broccoli was once revered by a French king.

First prized by the court of King Louis XIV, cauliflower provides a royal health boost to everyone's diet. This versatile veggie is not only low in calories, it's also full of vitamins and minerals. One cup of raw cauliflower is high in the antioxidant vitamin C -- required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body, and necessary for the formation of the important protein collagen, used to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.

Cauliflower also offers a healthy dose of potassium, fiber, and folic acid and contains a sulfur compound called isothiocyanate that protects health and prevents disease. Not all cauliflower is white. You can find green and orange varieties of this cruciferous (named for the cross-shaped flowers) cousin of broccoli and Brussels sprouts. The difference is in the amount (or absence) of chlorophyll present during the vegetable's growth.


More Veggie Might:
All vegetables in the cruciferous family -- kale, cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts -- are packed with vitamin C and potassium.

The above details taken from here


Now to anyone living the LCHF lifestyle, 'we don't do potatoes' ! Instead we look for, and use, a lower carb alternative. So instead of mashed potato, we may use Swede (Rutabaga) or Cauliflower.

Now some may be a "little dubious about the idea of “Mock” mashed potatoes. I’ve seen the pictures around and although they look like the real deal, I could never really imagine it tasting like the real deal and the truth is that it doesn’t taste like real mashed potato BUT it is one very clever substitute.
For anyone trying to loose a few pounds or if you are following a low carb diet / lifestyle ( or Paleo) then this would make a brilliant addition to your meals." 

As said above "Cauliflowers are so good for you, they are rich in vitamins and minerals, have anti inflammatory benefits and can help to fight cancer.

You can jazz this cauliflower mash up any way you like by adding some Parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast), chilli flakes or fresh herbs and garlic. You can also substitute the butter for coconut oil or olive oil to make them dairy free too."


Here's how to make a good tasting Cauliflower Mash:
Ingredients:
Four Servings
700 - 800 grams Cauliflower Florets broken into equal size pieces
10 grams (Organic) unsalted butter
1 pinch Sea Salt
1-2 Tablespoons water, why not use the reserved liquid from the steamer

Instructions:
1. Place the cauliflower florets into an already boiling steamer and steam for 8 - 10 minutes until firm but tender enough for a fork to slide through.
2. Remove the cauliflower from the steamer and place into a large mixing bowl.
3. Add the butter and salt to the cauliflower and blitz with a hand blender until smooth.
4. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of the leftover water from the steamer and blitz again until light and fluffy.
... and now the important bit 
5. Serve and enjoy.

Some words and original recipe idea from Charlie can be seen here

Please note, we try and bring a wide variety of recipes, and not all may be suitable for YOU. So, if you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

... having said that, this is a very enjoyable dish, and hope you may enjoy it soon!

All the best Jan

7 comments:

Jo said...

I love cauliflower but I could never do without my real mashed potatoes, the buttery the better.

Crafty Green Poet said...

now that's an interesting idea!

Anonymous said...

Butter makes a real difference to any food. Good on jacket potatoes, cauliflower, peas, carrots and toast.
Rhosannne

Gail said...

I love Cauliflower. Never thought of mashing them. They are so much more expensive compared to potatoes but are great tasting.

Anonymous said...

Like all the vegetables you mention are cruciferous and they are healthy as well.

Jenny S

NCmountainwoman said...

Never thought to mash cauliflower. We always have it steamed with a bit of melted butter/lemon juice/parsley topping it.

Red Rose Alley said...

Mashed cauliflower, sounds YUMMY! And a little pat of butter on there, even better. I've always liked cauliflower. Thanks for sharing, Jan.

~Sheri