The king of cruciferous veggies, cauliflower lands dip-side in raw, crunchy chunks more often than not. But there’s another way this white, flowery favorite can be enjoyed. After a light steam, blend it with dairy-free cashew cheese and simple seasonings for a mash that rivals the popular potato version. Serve it as a side dish to instantly make any meal more royal!
Vegan “Cheezy” Mashed Cauliflower
2 heads of cauliflower
Water for steaming
¼ cup (or more) unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp. oil of choice
Juice of ½ lemon (or more for extra zing)
1 clove garlic
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Favorite herbs (dill, parsley, basil or oregano)
1. Chop and steam cauliflower (I use the entire head: flowers and stems); drain most of the water.
2. Add cauliflower, almond milk, oil, lemon juice, cashew cheeze, herbs and black pepper to high speed blender; blend to desired consistency. (Note: Use shorter duration for a thicker dish and longer with more liquid for a creamier one.)
3. Serve warm.
“Mo’s Healthy Morsels” is written by Maura (“Mo”) Knowles, a certified health coach, recipe developer and owner of Mac-n-Mo’s, a vegan baked goods company created by Knowles to help her dad eat better (and still enjoy food!) after he underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2010. Knowles’ recipes for snacks, treats and other fun and healthy dishes appear every week here on the Vitacost blog, or visit Mo on Facebook or www.macnmos.com for more “morselicious” ideas and tips.