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I tried a recipe where you substituted cooked cauliflower for mashed potatoes and it was wonderful. Now I substitute cauliflower in all my potato recipes. So I thought, why not see what other things I could substitute cauliflower for that would be as good. I now use cauliflower as a substitute for pasta, with a low fat pasta sauce it is every bit as good as spaghetti or macaroni. This saves hundreds of calories and is really good.
To substitute for mashed potatoes, just boil up a head of cauliflower, drain and mash. For a pasta substitute cook flowerettes, drain and use your favorite low fat sauces. Top with a bit of Parmesan.4
My kids will not eat cooked cauliflower so I have been sneaking it in with potatoes to boil for mashed potatoes. We are up to 50/50 potatoes/cauliflower. The only remard has been "boy these potatoes are good mom!" They ARE better!
Use ground turkey instead of ground beef. Mash potatoes, use fat-free milk instead of whole milk & trans-fat-free margarine instead of butter. Mash steamed cauliflower into your potatoes. Steam green beans & season with a little curry & pepper, then top with a few slivered almonds instead of butter, or do a stir fry with any combination of green beans, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, onion, snow peas, red, yellow, green peppers, baby corn and then sauté in low-sodium soy sauce with garlic. Enjoy
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