We’re on a role this week. It’s Thanksgiving week, so I’m working on more Thanksgiving-type recipes. One of the things that’s always hard about holidays is the mashed potatoes. Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? But really, they’re full of carbs and starch and aren’t great if you’re being careful with what you eat.

This is where cauliflower comes in. Steam some cauliflower and then process it in a food processor with some garlic, buttermilk, and seasonings. You’ve got delicious mashed “potatoes” that are much lower in carbs and have 4 grams of fiber! The buttermilk really adds to the richness of these “potatoes”, but if you’re looking for a little extra creaminess, add a tablespoon or two of fat-free (or reduced fat) cream cheese. Adding cream cheese adds to the flavor and richness of the cauliflower and make sit a perfect side to your turkey and gravy.

Mashed Cauliflower “Potatoes”

Give this low carb alternative to mashed potatoes this holiday season. It’s easy, rich and creamy. Give it a try, and you’ll never want to go back to regular mashed potatoes again.


  • 8 cups cauliflower florets (approximately 1 head)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup fat free buttermilk
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Chives for garnish, optional


  1. Steam the cauliflower for 15 minutes, or until very tender.
  2. In a food processor, combine the cauliflower and garlic.
  3. Add the buttermilk, olive oil, butter, salt and pepper.
  4. Process until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  5. Serve hot, garnished with chives, if desired.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced carbohydrate, Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Calories: 107

Fat: 7

Protein: 5

Entire recipe makes 4 servings
Serving size is about 3/4 cup
Each serving = 4 Smart Points/3 Points
PER SERVING: 107 calories; 6.7g fat; 1.4g saturated fat; 10g carbohydrates; 4.4 g sugar; 5.4g protein; 6.8g fiber

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