I love rice and potatoes but am trying to lower my frequency in eating them, so I have been using cauliflower in their place. It has saved me lots of calories and carbs and it's so close to the real thing!
Use a food processor to make little rice sized pieces and microwave it to steam cook it, or blend it with some milk until it's the consistency of mashed potatoes.
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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
I joined a CSA program this year. I had done one in the past, but this one is much more convenient. My box is packaged up for me and I just go to the market and pick it up. For only $30 a week, we get a great assortment of fresh foods. Plus, everything is from Missouri!
This week we are making delicious meals with cauliflower, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, green beans, eggs, and even tortilla chips and salsa!
After cooking the 12 oz. bag of cauliflower, I added minced garlic, one Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese and 2 T of non-fat Greek yogurt. I mashed it using a potato masher(and mashed it and mashed it.) It was just as good and just as comforting as mashed potatoes for less than 75 calories per serving.
I am going to try using a potato ricer which will give the cauliflower a fluffier texture.
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