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This mashed cauliflower recipe is a delicious, healthy vegan side dish everyone will enjoy!
Dairy-Free Garlicky Mashed Cauliflower
I swear every time I need to shoot photographs, it is raining. Like today. Clouds + natural light photography is not a good equation. Food blogger probz.
Then I remembered I shot this delicious vegan mashed cauliflower recipe a couple of months ago. Why I didn't publish it then?! I have no idea! Because it's super tasty and you deserve to have the recipe. So, instead of shooting the recipe I planned for today, I'm delivering this goodness.
It's creamy, garlicky, and healthy. My whole family loves it.
Which is better: mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower?
I have literally nothing against white potatoes. They're pretty nutritious, too. I don't think eating carbs is unhealthy. Mashed potatoes are absolutely delicious and my favorite side dish ever. That being said - I love mashed cauliflower almost as much. It's a good substitute for the folks that do watch their carbs, or aren't a fan of potatoes.
Most of the mashed cauliflower recipes I have come across call for milk, butter and/or cheese. Which kind of nixes out the "healthier eating" component that cauliflower offers.
Good news - you can make absolutely mouthwatering mashed cauliflower without all that dairy. My secret? GARLIC!
I guess it's not a secret if I scream it from the rooftops. But garlic + cauliflower = flavor perfection. Blend it up with some non-dairy milk (I prefer almond milk for this recipe) and salt and pepper and you have a creamy plant-based side dish that the whole family will devour.
Top this side dish with crunchy cashew bacon bits for another boost of flavor!
Garlicky Mashed Cauliflower
- 1 head cauliflower
- 4 large cloves of garlic (or 6 small ones) - peeled
- ¼ non-dairy milk
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the florets off the head of cauliflower.
- Wrap cauliflower and garlic cloves in a bundle with aluminum foil. Place on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cauliflower is fork tender.
- Toss the cauliflower (and garlic cloves that baked with it) in a blender with the non-dairy milk and blend until creamy.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.